Va. awards $2.7M grants to enhance teachers' knowledge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Education is awarding more than $2.7 million in grants to enhance teachers' knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math and their ability to teach the subjects.

The department said in a release that 17 partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities won the awards, part of a competitive Math and Science partnership grant competition. The partnerships will provide in-service training for STEM teachers and create professional development programs tied to state science Standards of Learning.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says teachers' knowledge of STEM content is crucial to their ability to teach students and prepare them for college and STEM-related careers.