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Helios Education Foundation Helps Teachers Increase their Math and Science Knowledge

Posted on: December 3, 2009

Helios Education Foundation is excited to be partnering with the University of Florida and the Pinellas County School District to create the Master Teachers Initiative. Our $1.6 million investment will focus on developing master teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math areas, and it will have an impact on up to 500 teachers and 4,500 students. Ultimately, this initiative could serve as a national model.

Teachers will have access to a myriad of training opportunities, Pemberton said, including summer sessions and on-the-job training. Those in the degree program will take online classes and have access to a UF education professor who will visit them on site.

The Lastinger Center for Learning, housed under UF's College of Education, is spearheading the program.

Teachers will have access to a myriad of training opportunities, Pemberton said, including summer sessions and on-the-job training. Those in the degree program will take online classes and have access to a UF education professor who will visit them on site.

Ian Smith, chief communications officer at Helios, said the organization is equally as excited about the Lastinger project.

"It's really about giving those teachers more access to the skills and resources at the University of Florida... to help them augment their skills in teaching STEM courses," Smith said.

Category: College and Career Readiness

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