SNHU Receives Grants for Teacher Training

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University will help promote literacy in Manchester, help teachers in several districts improve science teaching and renovate one of its academic buildings, thanks to three grant awards.

SNHU’s School of Education will work with the Visiting Nurse Association Child Care program to establish Fresh Start, an early literacy program particularly for the children of low-income Manchester residents.  The $20,000 Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation grant will fund the program, which will include early literacy training for 20 VNA preschool teachers and the placement of 20 SNHU education students in VNA classrooms. The goal is to provide training, staff, supplies and literacy instruction to improve early childhood literacy programs.

A $105,500 state Department of Education grant will enable faculty from the schools of Education and Liberal Arts to help elementary, middle and high school teachers improve their science teaching. Teachers from eight SAUs (15 school districts) will attend a training institute this summer.  A team of seven teachers from each district, which have been identified by the state as needing improvement and having similar goals for meeting the new state science standards, will be trained as “science leaders” so they may train others within their schools. The districts are Auburn, Candia, Hooksett, Epping, Chester, Fremont, Goffstown, Dumbarton, New Boston, Hillsboro, Deering, Merrimack, Manchester, Pembroke-Allenstown, Chichester  and Deerfield.

The university also will be able to upgrade technology and make other improvements to Stark Hall, an academic building that houses about 20 classes per day and the tutoring resources and learning labs housed in our Learning Center, thanks to a $125,000 George I. Alden Trust grant.

The building will be equipped with wireless technology; classroom teaching stations with computers, DVD/VCRs and speakers; and new furniture, computer equipment, whiteboards and carpeting for the Learning Center.

In addition, the university plans to purchase software and train faculty and staff for the creation of a student e-portfolio system, which enables students to share work with advisers, faculty, mentors and potential employers, master technology skills and creatively demonstrate what they’ve learned.  

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