Grant benefits library and science education

April 13, 2015

Nearly half a million dollars will benefit librarians, classroom teachers and students entering these professions who want to teach science, technology and mathematics.

A total of $496,277 from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program recently was awarded to Emporia State University for a grant titled Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Information, Technology and Scientific Literacy for ALL Learners, or STEM-ALL for short.

Under the direction of Dr. Mirah Dow, professor in the Emporia State School of Library and Information Management, and Dr. Kenneth Thompson, professor of physical sciences, the three-year grant will support a cohort of 25 school librarians/SLIM library students and 25 practicing teachers/students from The Teachers College who plan to co-teach STEM content areas in grades 4 through 12.

The participants will earn an Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate after completing four courses focused on co-teaching STEM subjects. Classes for the STEM-ALL project will begin in fall 2015.

The overall project involves collaboration between SLIM, physical sciences and other Emporia State departments including The Teachers College and Information Technology.

The STEM-ALL project is one of 16 funded proposals out of 100 applications to the Institute of Museum and Library Services to receive funding in 2015.

One reviewer summed up the need for this type of endeavor this way: “This project is of significant importance given the critical need to educate Americans so that they can fully participate in tomorrow’s society as good science citizens capable of evidenced-based reasoning and problem solving. Additionally, the project brings attention to new pedagogical models and approaches that integrate different skill sets held by teachers and libraries with the positive results of a holistic education for the nation’s children which includes content mastery and information literacy.”