The Francis Marion University School of Education has received a $5,000 grant from ECA Educational Services to support the science education of teacher candidates.
ECA Educational Services is a national business specializing in providing exemplary instructional material and support services to elementary and middle schools.
ECA is currently contracted by school districts throughout the Pee Dee and state to provide kit-based materials support for elementary science programs.
In presenting the grant, Dennis Harlan, president of ECA, said, “Having spent more then 18 years studying effective strategies for implementing exemplary science programs, I am convinced of three things. First, children are born with a genuine curiosity about the natural world. Second, inquiry-based science programs that allow children to conduct investigations with materials such as caterpillars, pendulums, seeds, and motors allow children to learn firsthand how living things develop and how physical objects work – which significantly contributes to their overall education. And third, teachers who know how to use these types of teaching materials before they graduate are in a much better position to help their students from their first day on the job. I chose to support the School of Education at Francis Marion University because I was impressed by the way they are preparing their teacher candidates to engage in inquiry-based teaching.”
According to Jeff Lee, FMU’s coordinator of the grant and associate dean of education, the funds will assist professors in the School of Education in providing teacher candidates with ample opportunities to teach using exemplary instructional materials like those provided by ECA.
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