NH Project Learning Tree Awarded $75,000 Math Science Partnership Grant from NH Department of Education: Nashua teachers to receive training and support in science content and skills

CONCORD, NH: NH Project Learning Tree, a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities to enhance youth understanding, appreciation, and love for the natural world, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $75,000 Math Science Partnership grant from New Hampshire’s Department of Education. The grant funds will be used by NH Project Learning Tree and its partners to train 30 teachers from the Nashua School District in science content and skills related to ecological literacy and field investigations.

The Math Science Partnership funds will target teachers in grades three through eight and be used to identify core common science field experiences for students that allow for skills and content knowledge to build as they progress from elementary to middle school. During the 2011-2012 school year, NH Project Learning Tree will work with its partners from the NH Education and Environment Team (NHEET), which is comprised of educators from Project WET, a program of the NH Department of Environmental Services; Project WILD and Project HOME, both programs of NH Fish and Game Department; The GLOBE Program, an international science and K-12 education program; and USDA Forest Service Conservation Education, to complete the objectives of the grant.

The current work in Nashua builds off of earlier Math Science Partnership-funded work done by the NH Education and Environment Team entitled Building Science Literacy in Grades K-12 Using a Vertically-Integrated Scope and Sequence. This approach transformed the teaching practices in six New Hampshire school districts to achieve science literacy for all students as envisioned in the NH Frameworks for Science Literacy.  In addition, NH Project Learning Tree recently concluded an intensive three year partnership with Bicentennial Elementary School in June, which led to an increase in the school’s NECAP scores and improved teachers’ integration of science concepts across the curriculum.

“NH Project Learning Tree’s track record in Nashua and across the state is excellent,” said Carol Foley, math and science curriculum supervisor for the Nashua School District. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to have 30 of our teachers benefit from the expertise of NH Project Learning Tree and its partners in order to improve our students’ science literacy.”