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The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants, and Franklin County Schools has made the short list. If approved, the school system could get a $25,000 grant to be used toward educational computer related upgrades. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, the school system’s director, said the grant being pursued is called “Flipped Learning, Instruction, and Practice in Math,” F.L.I.P. Math for short. “It addresses ACT algebra scores projected by the Tennessee Department of Education for 9th and 10th grades at FCHS,” she said. “If awarded, the funds will be used to purchase software and hardware that teachers will use to generate online instructional videos that will be assigned as homework.
“Classwork will then focus on more rigorous application of mathematics. This initiative will serve as a pilot for the district.”
From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.
Over the past month, a panel of educators from ineligible counties reviewed all of the grant applications.
The strongest submissions were selected as finalists and will be sent to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council for final review. Composed of farmer-leaders from across the U.S. with a vested interest in both agriculture and education, the Advisory Council will select the winning school districts. Last year, Grow Rural Education invested $30,000 in public school districts across Tennessee to improve math and science curriculum.
Since 2012, Tennessee school districts have received $70,000 through the program.
Grow Rural Education grants have allowed rural schools to invest in the enhancement of student learning in math and science.
Past grant recipients used funding for projects such as technology and scientifi c lab equipment upgrades, greenhouses and outdoor classroom learning environments, teacher and curriculum development and other math and science related initiatives.
For a complete list of the 2014 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education fi nalists and past winners, please visit www.AmericasFarmers. com.