Posted by Ashley van Waes on July 8, 2011
Lincoln, Neb., July 5, 2011 — State Farm Insurance of Nebraska has given $20,000 for fellowship awards to Nebraska teachers seeking to improve their math and science teaching skills. The funding will enable 32 teachers to take graduate level courses tuition-free this summer at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes.
The summer institutes are part of UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education and offers continuing education and professional development opportunities to Nebraska teachers. According to the university, the summer courses provide intellectually rich graduate coursework, intensive collaboration and the professional development teachers need to improve student learning and foster academic success.
State Farm established the fellowships through the University of Nebraska Foundation.
“Our company understands successful students are the result of an exceptional teacher,” Angelene Hennes, of State Farm, said. “Therefore, the first step to student success is to have an outstanding teacher who inspires students to learn. Being able to support 32 teachers who enrich students’ lives with greater understanding in math and science is a gift that benefits not only our company but all of the community.”
According to the university, if 200 teachers take courses this summer, more than 10,000 students in grades K-12 will benefit from their improved teaching skills during the next school year.
Learn more about State Farm’s gift to Nebraska.