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Citadel News Service
10 Aug 2010

Morris Island Lighthouse becomes a classroom

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Thirteen area middle and high school teachers are participating in a project-based learning program that is enhancing their science and math teaching skills.

The Morris Island Lighthouse and Surrounding Ecosystem Institute is a year-long professional development opportunity being offered by The Citadel School of Education and School of Science and Math to middle and high school teachers.  The class is being funded by a $90,000 Commission on Higher Education grant to improve teacher quality.

In addition to instruction from Citadel faculty, participating teachers will learn the historical significance of Morris Island Lighthouse and the surrounding ecosystem from experts from a number of leading organizations, including the Department of Natural Resources Carolina Coastal Discovery Tour, Sandlappers Education Boat Tours, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Folly Beach Coast Guard Station. 

“We’re excited about this innovative opportunity,” said Citadel School of Education Dean Col. Tony Johnson, “to use a local historical and contextual problem to enhance teacher content knowledge and skills.”

As part of the class, teachers will develop a project-based learning unit that they will teach to their students and follow up with a presentation on the results in class.

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