Five grants adding to more than $5.7 million will help the University of Mississippi School of Education boost the state’s public education systems.
This would help enhancing its existing programs and establishing a new curriculum in early childhood education.
Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation in Jackson is a grant for approximately $1.1 million to hire three new faculty members specializing in pre-kindergarten education.
David Rock, UM education dean and author of the early childhood proposal said; “Right now, we strive to become a national leader in educator preparation, It’s our goal to increase the number of educators with the expertise to improve education issues across the board: in leadership, in STEM education, in literacy education, in high-needs schools and in early childhood education. We’re proud that we can grow on our current successes and innovate new ways to improve student learning.”
In addition to the school’s plans for two new early childhood education curricula, existing programs and centers will receive funding, including:
- Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction, $1.5 million
- Center for Mathematics and Science Education, $1.2 million
- Mississippi Teacher Corps, $525,000
- Principal Corps, $1.5 million