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Fetters leading project benefiting six area schools

Jan. 30, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University faculty member is a principal investigator for a $205,000 federal grant affecting six Battle Creek-area schools that aims to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality.

Dr. Marcia Fetters, associate professor of teaching, learning and educational studies, is helping lead an interdisciplinary team of WMU faculty members working on a project called "Alignment of Secondary Science Teacher Practice and Materials in the Battle Creek Region."

The project is focusing on science teacher professional development for four public and two private Battle Creek-area schools through the Department of Education Title II program for Improving Teacher Quality.

The team is researching the promotion of best practices for test writing, homework construction, formative assessments and supporting students in developing meta-cognitive skills. It also is working to realign Battle Creek regional curriculum with Michigan's new High School Content Expectations.

Fetters, who has a dual appointment in WMU's Mallinson Institute for Science Education, primarily teaches undergraduate courses in secondary science methods and graduate courses for science teacher professional development and growth.

Her research interests focus on the needs of individuals marginalized from the science education community, with a special focus on individuals with learning disabilities, and science in informal settings. She earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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