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Local schools land $400,000 STEM grant

EAGLE โ€” Eagle County schools landed a $400,000 state grant to improve training for math and science teachers.

The money goes to a federally funded Math Science Partnership program, and will help the district expand its STEM programs, science, technology, engineering and math. It will focus on teachers in their first through fifth year of teaching.

Nine schools will participate and benefit from the grant.

"The unique program will offer math and science teachers a way to work together and create integrated STEM lessons," said Jason Glass, superintendent of Eagle County Schools.

'Grow our professional teachers, leaders'

Those lessons will be aligned to internationally benchmarked standards, Glass said.

"The program will also improve learning outcomes, and support and grow our professional teachers and leaders," Glass said.

The program will include principals, teacher leaders, classroom teachers and Colorado Mountain College teacher candidates.

Throughout an 18-month period, the teachers and teacher candidates will participate in an extensive program that focuses on content and knowledge related to teaching science and math.

The one-time 18-month grant runs through June 2018.