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Alcoa gives teachers real-world training

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013

Photo Provided Goose Creek High School teacher Victoria Palmiter.

After attending Key Issues Institute in Silverthorne, Colo. this summer, teachers Michelle Brooks from Moultrie Middle School and Victoria Palmiter from Goose Creek High School are bringing new teaching tools to their classrooms for conducting hands-on investigations around local environmental issues.

The teachers were among 30 of their peers who attended the weeklong Key Issues Institute sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation.

The curriculum used promotes a collaborative approach to scientific investigation that includes problem solving, labs, data collection and simulations. It also meets education standards in several disciplines and is designed to promote complex problem solving and build learning skills.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about new curriculum to use in my science classroom,” said Palmiter. “The cross-curriculum provides a great way for students to learn about key environmental issues in such a way that they become more active citizens in their own communities.”

Key Issues Institute provides educators with curriculum materials, lab equipment and online support from staff and other educators. It also offers teachers an opportunity to develop new professional networks and share best practices.

“The partnership between the Alcoa Foundation and the Keystone Education Center enables teachers from our area to gain unique environmental training they can use to excite students about science and promote environmental awareness and stewardship,” said Mike Rousseau, Alcoa Mt. Holly Plant Manger.

“We look forward to seeing how they will utilize their new skills and share ideas with other teachers in their schools and districts.”

Since 1997, Alcoa Foundation has sent 209 teachers from Alcoa communities to the Key Issues Institute, including 17 from the Tri-County region since 2001.

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