The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has awarded Clemson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education (MAT) program $800,000 for scholarships to prepare and mentor middle school math and science teachers. The grant will provide 40 scholarships over the next four years to students who major in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) disciplines as undergraduates and who then come into the Clemson MAT program to certify in math or science teaching for grades 6-8. Read more.
The Toyota USA Foundation announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant for the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) to support high school students interested in pursuing career-focused education in the midst of the country’s growing need for more skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. The Career-Ready System for High School Students will target up to 24,000 high school students in New York, Kentucky and Mississippi. “Toyota is invested in paving pathways for student to careers in manufacturing to strengthen our nation’s workforce and economy,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation president. “We're pleased to support the National Dropout Prevention Network in this important initiative to keep students in school and encourage education around STEM subjects.” Read more.
BMW has extended its long history of investing in the students of Clemson University with two $50,000 gifts to the Call Me MISTER and the German language programs, respectively. “BMW’s long-standing support of Clemson’s German language and Call Me MISTER programs speaks to the deep value that is generated throughout the community as a result of these programs,” said Manfred Erlacher, president and CEO, BMW Manufacturing. “Both of these efforts uniquely parallel BMW’s profound commitment to education and diversity. BMW is proud to support programs that provide distinct opportunities for future leaders.” The Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program aims to increase the pool of diverse teachers, particularly among South Carolina’s lowest-performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. The program provides tuition assistance, academic support and job placement for students pursuing approved programs of study in teacher education at participating colleges. Read more.
Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University. Addis joined the NDPC/N staff as associate director in 2013, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator and regional educational service agency director. Read more.
The Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University co-hosted the recent Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African-Americans and Education, held in conjunction with the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago. Designed to prepare doctoral students to study the African-American experience in education, the institute drew doctoral students from across the United States to learn techniques for conducting research about educational issues affecting African-Americans. Read more.
Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program received a Literacy Leaders Award from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science at a recent ceremony in Columbia. Read more.
The ClemsonLIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program will have additional growth opportunities thanks to a $100,000 gift from Clemson alumnus Bob Stanzione and his wife, Kaye. The Stanziones also offered to give an additional $100,000 in matching funds to encourage financial support for the program. The Stanziones have long-term connections with Clemson. They began their married life in Clemson housing and all three of their children attended Clemson. Bob is a 1969 Clemson mechanical engineering graduate and chairman and chief executive officer of ARRIS Group, Inc. a Suwanee, Ga.-based global communications technology leader. Kaye is an active volunteer and serves on the ClemsonLIFE advisory board. Read more.
Celeste “C.C.” Bates is director of Clemson’s Reading Recovery Training Center, which marks its 25th anniversary in August. Reading Recovery is a short-term early intervention for first-grade students having difficulty with reading and writing, and Clemson serves the state by providing training and ongoing professional development for educators to use the program. The anniversary is part of the Clemson Reading Recovery’s annual Summer Institute, which brings together 300 educators from 10 S.C. school districts who will go back to their school systems and train fellow teachers to use the program. Contact Bates for more information.
Dabo's All In Team® Foundation has donated $30,000 to ClemsonLIFE. The mission of the ClemsonLIFE Program at Clemson University is to provide a coordinated course of study that includes career exploration and preparation along with self-awareness, discovery, and personal improvement through a framework of courses, job internships, and community participation. Read more.
Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has entered into an agreement with the S.C. Department of Education to analyze needs and provide support to the state’s 26 at-risk schools. Read more.
Sixteen high school teachers from around the globe have come together this semester at Clemson University to learn best practices in education from professors and local teachers. Read more.
Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER® program has received $1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich., to collaborate with Jackson State University (JSU) to increase the number of African-American male teachers in Mississippi K-8 classrooms. Read more.