NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and the College, along with its partners – the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and the Flying Cloud Institute – have secured a $46,000 Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership (MMSP) program grant from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The grant will be used to improve student achievement in mathematics, science and technology/engineering through a weeklong, intensive professional development course for local educators, “Science Standards and Practices for K-8 Teachers,” which will place this summer at MCLA, according to Dr. Jake Eberwein, MCLA’s dean of Graduate and Continuing Education.

“We are excited to work with our K-12 community partners as we support a local school district,” Eberwein said. “This program will result in a pool of well-equipped teachers who are more confident in how they approach science in elementary school classrooms, as they provide a deeper and richer experience for their students.”

Also as part of this program, the elementary school educators will develop lessons to teach in their classrooms in the fall, and will reconvene for a number of professional learning network meetings throughout 2017-18 academic year to share their experiences and the lessons they created.

In addition to educators from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, elementary school teachers from across Berkshire County may participate in the summer course and the subsequent yearlong program, Eberwein said.

Educators must apply to participate. The cost of tuition will be offset for all those who are accepted to take part in the program.

According to state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the total grant of $199,012 will fund four partnerships that include five high-need school districts, four mathematics and science departments at institutions of higher education, and other partners. This year, these partnerships will involve 53 teachers who teach mathematics, science, and technology/engineering, as well as teachers of English Language Learners and students with disabilities.

These teachers are reported to have key responsibility for the education of approximately 3,088 students. Substantial courses of study will be offered that balance conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application in math and in science, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and application of the revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards.

Berkshire Hills Regional School District is a K-12 public system that serves the towns of Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington. The Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) of Great Barrington aims to inspire young people and educators through scientific and artistic experiences that ignite creativity.

For more information and to apply for this summer course, go to, or call MCLA’s Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, (413) 662-5775.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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