In May, Harvard Community Unit School District 50 was awarded an I-STEM grant for $250,000. The funding is used to educate teachers from CUSD 50 as well as surrounding districts to expand teachers’ knowledge in math and science and improve student learning. The district can apply for an additional $250,000 in funding for 2018. The grant award comes through the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships program, which is federally funded.
Partnering with Aurora University, McHenry County College, and the McHenry Regional Office of Education, Harvard CUSD 50 began offering graduate level courses this summer to area teachers to enhance their science, mathematics, and technology skills. The grant also provides instructional coaching and peer coaching throughout the school year to grow participants into teacher leaders within their districts.
Harvard’s District Curriculum, Assessment and Grant Coordinator, Margaret Segersten, stated that “participants have the opportunity to deepen their content knowledge and experience STEM-related field experiences to ensure a greater understanding of STEM-related opportunities for our students.”