by Odera Ezenna

Dr. Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, chair and professor of chemistry at the University of West Georgia, has received a grant of $40,425. The University of Georgia awarded Basu-Dutt and her College of Education co-PI Dr. Gail Marshall the Teacher Quality grant, and the money is intended to be used on a 50 hour, 5 PLU workshop for 24 teachers from Fulton, Coweta and Douglas counties.

Dr. Basu-Dutt stands with a gift cup, smiling indoors before a periodic trable wall poster.The workshop, which has been hosted for the past 10 years, provides elementary teachers with the opportunity to get excited about science and become comfortable facilitating science learning in their classroom.

Basu-Dutt will have teachers participating in a wide variety of guided inquiry activities that reinforce concepts in physical science, life science, earth science, astronomy and environmental science described in the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Additional enrichment activities include a field trip to Tellus Science Museum, water education via Project Wet training and a session with a NASA educator.

The workshop is favored by teachers, who appreciate the opportunity to get the hands-on experience used in the workshop. 

When asked about the workshop, Basu-Dutt said that “by offering the teachers a learner-centered classroom experience in their own professional development, our hope is for them to develop a more learner-centered classroom with their students.”

Posted on June 22, 2017