The Arizona Board of Regents recently awarded $311,127 to help Flagstaff Unified School District teachers prepare students for college and career success.

Part of the Improving Teacher Quality program, the grant pairs high-need school districts with college mentors. Northern Arizona University and FUSD will work together to create a professional development program for teachers in the district.

The program will be used to implement Arizona’s College and Career-Ready Standards into the curriculum by cultivating educational leaders to increase the effectiveness of science and mathematics education.

“This grant, and the program activities, directly supports the ongoing partnership the Educational Leadership department at NAU has with the Flagstaff Unified School District,” said Michael Schwanenberger, chair of the Educational Leadership department and associate professor in the College of Education. “One of the goals of our department is to support the professional development and training needs of school districts in Arizona and specifically FUSD.”

Leaders who participate in this program will coach teachers in implementing the state’s math standards as well as effective science education as outlined by the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

For information, contact Michael Schwanenberger.