SESSIONS PRESENTS GRANT TO UNA, KILBY SCHOOL
May 28, 2008
By Eric Hanback
UNA Student Writer
FLORENCE, Ala. — This afternoon at Kilby Laboratory School, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) presented a check of $124,582.50 as a grant to help fund additional programs at the school.
The grant will provide revenue to extend the current school purpose from a model for preservice teachers to a model of research-based practices for both preservice and inservice teachers, according to Dr. Mary Maschal, director of the Kilby School.
“Sen. Sessions has a deep interest in the educational success of children in Alabama,” UNA President Dr. William Cale said, “and his support of our efforts is greatly appreciated. Kilby has become a model to which other schools aspire, and this grant funding will help us share that model with other schools and educators in a variety of ways.”
With the grant, the faculty from both the Kilby School and the UNA College of Education will collaborate “to develop and implement a series of research-based professional development opportunities for area teachers as well as students enrolled in our teacher preparation programs,” said Dr. Donna Jacobs, dean of the UNA College of Education.
The professional development opportunities, which will focus on word study, writing and computer use in classrooms, will be offered at no cost to area teachers, Jacobs added.
The laboratory school will be used as a demonstration site of the new series of best practices.