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Rep. Holt Presents $510,000 Grant For Teacher Training In Science And Math

published: January 25, 2001
posted to site: 05/18/2001
News from
Representative Rush Holt
12th District, New Jersey

For Immediate Release
January 25, 2001

Rep. Holt Presents $510,000 Grant For Teacher Training In Science And Math

West Windsor - Furthering his commitment to both teacher training and math and science education, Rep Rush Holt (D-12th District) today presented a $510,000 grant to E=MC2 , a local program committed to training teachers in math and science.

"E=MC2 is a wonderful program that combines two of my legislative priorities in emphasizing math and science in our schools and ensuring our teachers have the best possible training for the classroom," said Rep. Holt. "E=MC2 has proven very successful since its inception. I am pleased that this grant will further their goals."

E=MC2 is providing for the training of teachers in grades K-6 in inquiry-based science for Lawrence, Ewing and West Windsor-Plainsboro school systems. The program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of $1.7 million, local school district resources and local companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Educational Testing Service, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Rider University, and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

The new grant will establish an institute on content training for Earth, Physical and Life Sciences using university scientists, corporate scientists and teachers from the three local school districts. The grant will also allow E=MC2 to expand to middle school grades in the existing school districts (West Windsor, Plainsboro and Ewing), as well as outreach to other surrounding school districts by providing scholarships to attend existing programs.

"Thanks to Representative Holt, these federal funds will not only help continue this successful program, but allow us to take E=MC2 to the next level," said Sona Polakowski, Project Coordinator. "With the help of the federal government, and our partners in the scientific, education and corporate communities, E=MC2 is improving the way science is being taught in our schools and how our children learn this most important subject."