School District Receives $300,000.00 Grant

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced the District was awarded a Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant from the State of Florida for over $300,000. The goal of this grant is to improve content knowledge tied directly to the Florida Standards for the purpose of creating quality educators and increasing student achievement.

Through the funding of the grant, 27 SLPS 4th-8th grade teachers will be enrolled in the         U-FUTuRES Certificate Program with the University of Florida. This program consists of five, 8-week courses that will be offered sequentially online using state-of-the-art instructional design. The program is intended to deepen participants’ disciplinary content knowledge, develop science-specific pedagogical practices, and nurture leadership skills.

“With a core focus on talent development and a commitment to honor our teachers with growth opportunities, I fully appreciate this grant and the potential it has to positively impact instruction for our students,” stated Gent. He added that the partnership established with the University of Florida through coursework and collegial studies will also be an asset to the overall organization.

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