Monthly Archives: February 2015

Purdue gets record $40M gift from Lilly Endowment

Purdue University has received the biggest cash donation in the school’s 146-year history—a $40 million gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund five projects in engineering, technology and research. “This is an important moment in Purdue history,” President Mitch Daniels said Wednesday in a written statement announcing the gift. “It’s now our duty to turn it into a significant event in Indiana history by delivering even more world-class engineers, technologists and leaders of all kinds, along with the discoveries, innovations and new jobs that great research produces.”

“These projects hold great promise to be real game-changers,” Sara Cobb, vice president of education for Lilly Endowment, said in the statement. “With its considerable strengths in engineering and technology, Purdue is poised for significant impact in research, education and economic development.”

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Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Available

Students in our nation’s schools deserve the highest quality STEM education we can offer. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics provide students opportunities to explore, understand, and design solutions for the world around them. The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows is a unique, competitive, and formative program focused on increasing student interest and learning in STEM disciplines through the support and growth of high-quality STEM teachers.

This program seeks to foster continuous improvement in STEM teaching and learning in our nation’s schools. The program includes three annual, two-week summer institutes on campus at the University of Notre Dame and two academic years of content-specific video coaching and mid-year gatherings at interesting sites of STEM innovation. The program is fully funded and selected Fellows receive a stipend ($6,000 over 2.5 years) to participate in the program.

Notre Dame are recruiting the 2015 cohort from teachers of the STEM disciplines (math, science, and technology teachers, specifically) in grades 5 – 8. Individual teachers will select either a science or math track in which they will focus on improving their own content knowledge and instructional practice. At the school level, prospective Fellows will apply as school-based teams of no fewer than 3 and no more than 5 teachers. School-based teams will develop a program that directly seeks to improve student interest and learning in STEM in their context.

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