College of Education Professor Receives a $286,000 Grant from the Virginia Department of Education


SUMMARY: Dr. Slykhuis received $286,000 in grant money from the Virginia Department of Education to host Content Teaching Academies at JMU again. This year the focus will be on strategies for including students with disabilities in the traditional classroom.


Dr. David Slykhuis, Professor in the Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education department of the College of Education, received a $286,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to once again host Content Teaching Academies for Augmenting Science and Special Educator Teams- Teaching Inquiry Learning Together (ASSET-TILT), Adapted Physical Education (APE), Best Practices in Inclusion Education (BPI), and Augmenting Mathematics and Special Educator Teams (AMSET).  According to the terms and conditions of the grant, the Content Teaching Academies serve as high quality professional development for educators and are geared towards teachers in special education, mathematics, science, and inclusion concentrations. 

The overall focus of the Content Teaching Academy is to improve and enhance the performance of teachers in the classroom through enhancing their content knowledge, improve their application of technology in the classroom, and their ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population. The academies in this grant from the VDOE offer a way to focus on strategies for including students with disabilities in the traditional classroom. The academies will take place at JMU from June 26, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Certificates of completion will be provided upon completion and can be used towards re-certification points. Graduate credit will also be offered upon completion of the APE academy.

Great job in securing external funding that benefits a multitude of educators and students. Best wishes to Dr. Slykhuis for successful planning and execution of the Content Teaching Academies!

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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