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Education professor receives $63,800 grant

LINDA ROGNESS The Ohio Board of Regents recently announced that Dr. Linda Rogness, Associate Professor of Education at Muskingum College, would receive a $63,800 grant to support innovative science education in community schools. Dr. Rogness’ project – “Science Stars: Strategic Teamwork Achieves Real Success” – will focus on improving teaching and learning in the scientific disciplines. “Science Stars” is one of only a select group of projects to receive funding through the Board of Regents’ “Improving Teaching Quality” program.

Dr. Rogness’ project is premised upon a collaboration between Muskingum College and the nearby Franklin Local School District. Sixty elementary, middle and high school science teachers from the school district will help identify priorities for improving student learning in the sciences. Dr. Rogness will then lead these teachers in designing innovative curricula that responds to the district’s specific needs. As the curricula are implemented, teachers will collect and analyze data to assess improvements in learning. Through this dynamic process, educators will strengthen the teaching and learning didactic, thereby enabling students to advance their understanding of complex scientific concepts.

Participating teachers from the Franklin Local School District will be eligible to earn graduate credit from Muskingum College for their involvement in the project.

“Long a leader in the field of education, Muskingum College is proud that Dr. Rogness’ innovative plan to improve science education has been recognized and supported by the State of Ohio,” noted President Anne C. Steele. She continued, “We look forward to partnering with our colleagues at the Franklin Local schools to advance this important work.”