University of Florida program will help STEM teachers

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida College of Engineering is using a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development for STEM teachers in 11 school districts.

The Gainesville Sun reports the program will be directed by Nancy Ruzycki, a lecturer and director of undergraduate laboratories in UF's Department of Natural Resources. It will help teachers in the use of and lesson planning for data gathering and data analytics.

Ruzycki says the grant can develop into a continuing funding source if milestones and student achievement goals are met within the grant's three-year span. She says a similar program in Missouri netted $10 million in funding over 12 years.

The 11 school districts are Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Glades, Hardee Okeechobee, DeSoto, Highlands, St. Johns, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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