Superintendent's Office Secures $412k Science Grant

roy-web“Our bottom line goal is always impacting student achievement,” says Gail Gorry, Education Specialist with Gila County’s Education Service Agency (ESA). The ESA, the branch of the Superintendent’s Office that works to help Gila County educators continually improve, recently secured a grant for $412,000 that will support raising student achievement in physical science county-wide.

"As we retool our office to be grant-oriented, our hope is that this is just the beginning of providing top-notch support for our students and educators in Gila County,” says Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval.

“Gila County has been good at doing what we say we’re going to do,” explains Gorry. The office’s proven track record with a similar science grant in past years helped bring the funding to Gila County again. The grant’s focus area—physical science in grades three through eight—was selected to target where Gila County students’ scores could use a boost. The grant will help move the needle on teachers’ knowledge of the subject area and give them more tools to teach science even better.

The funding will be used to pay for 40 teachers to participate in an intensive training program. Gorry says they had nearly 60 teachers express interest and were happy to be able to accommodate 40. “The enthusiasm from teachers shows us we chose the right subject area,” she says. The grant will pay for the teachers’ training, compensate them for the time they spend learning, and provide learning materials that they can take back and use in their classrooms.

The grant award also includes a partnership with Northern Arizona University, which will give participating teachers access to experts in the subject area as well as the craft of teaching.

Gorry explains that this teacher-centered approach helps amplify the impact of an 18-month grant for many years to come. “Teachers who participate continue their wonderful teaching practices year after year,” says Gorry.

(Pictured above: Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval at an open house in Globe celebrating the grant award.)