October 30, 2002                                                                          




LINCOLN—The Union College teacher education program received grants totaling $26,100 from the Nebraska Department of Education. The funds will be used to increase teacher education quality and to strengthen the use of technology in the classroom.

The $22,000 Quality Teacher Grant will help to provide better teacher training including preparation for content and methods testing, incentives for students to volunteer in low-income and multi-cultural areas, services for students from diverse cultures, and funding for education faculty and students to attend conferences focusing on these areas. The funds will also allow the college to survey recent graduates to help fine-tune the existing program based on its usefulness to new teachers.

The Technology Catalyst Grant in the amount of $4,100 will be used to acquaint education faculty, students and cooperating classroom teachers with technology and better prepare them to use technology in the classroom.

According to Dr. Joseph Allison, chair of the Division of Human Development, the grants came at a good time to supplement planned improvements in the program. “The funds will enable us to get feedback from former students regarding the usefulness of the education they received,” Allison said. “With these improvements, we will be more effective in recruiting students to the education program and will be better equipped to deal with changes in teacher training and technology.”