Dodge Foundation Supports GSE Program Integrating Arts and STEM Pedagogical Practices

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awarded Rutgers Graduate School of Education a $42,000 grant to launch a year-long professional-development program that will improve teacher effectiveness by integrating Arts and STEM pedagogical practices.
The focus of the program is to promote Arts Education as an integral component of the curriculum, and to facilitate Arts integration with STEM curriculum through teacher professional development. Science, math, and technology teacher leaders from several New Jersey school districts in partnership with New Jersey teaching artists, and Rutgers faculty will engage in professional development designed to increase teacher effectiveness, facilitate creativity and innovation, and fulfill requirements of the New Jersey Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.
The professional development began in August with a two-day workshop series held at the Zimmerli Museum. Two additional professional development days will be held in November and January. Leaders in the field of curriculum and instruction will integrate innovation and creativity into the lesson designs for math, science, and technology. Learning modules will integrate creative inquiry-based teaching and learning throughout the curriculum, assisting students in developing complex cognitive skills associated with increased motivation, and improved academic achievement in mathematics, science, and technology.
The program is led by Primary Investigator on the grant, Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology; and Co-Primary Investigator Dr. Penelope Lattimer, Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement.
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