Teacher Training

A Florida-based training program focused on science and math teachers is hoping to get a financial boost from the state.  The program is looking to go statewide, but faces its own “fiscal cliff” when its startup grant runs out.

Science Math Masters is a teacher training partnership with 32 rural school districts and the University of Tampa. It’s funded by a three-year grant from the Florida Department of Education. Dr. Ed Moore, who heads the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, says he wants to make the training program permanent.

J. Mongiovi

Lisa Phillips teaches 7th grade math at Florida State University’s lab school. Right now  Integers and Proportions are the lesson of the day.

Phillips says she’s always looking for new and interesting ways to teach her students. The former meteorologist-turned middle school math teacher says she gets bored with always doing things the same way. So she goes to lots of training sessions.

Governor Rick Scott says he doesn’t want to see any funding cuts to education. In fact, he wants more money for teacher training and pre-paid debit cards for teachers to purchase classroom supplies.  The Governor officially unveiled his 2013 education goals Thursday.

By 2015 almost all of the nation’s public school students will be learning the same things when it comes to math and language arts. And they, along with their teachers, will face a learning curve. Teachers will have to be trained on how to teach the new standards, called the Common Core.  And Governor Rick Scott says he wants lawmakers to put $2 million dollars into a matching grant program to fund the training programs.