Education Professor Receives Grant that will Benefit Local Schools

High Point University Professor Shirley Disseler

High Point University Professor Shirley DisselerHIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 3, 2012 – Dr. Shirley Disseler, assistant professor of elementary education at High Point University, has been awarded the LEGO Showcase Grant valued at $20,000. She was one of 100 grant recipients across the country.

The grant will allow for materials for the STEM Smart Program to be brought to three partnering elementary schools, Oak View Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary and Kirkman Park Elementary. It also will allow for the School of Education to host a community-wide showcase of LEGO robotics in the spring that will show how LEGO can be used in critical thinking processes.

“The grant is important to me professionally as I look toward the development of collaborative efforts and partnerships in the High Point area with schools,” says Disseler. “It benefits the community in that it provides students the opportunity to see the direct value in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts in terms of daily life.”

The School of Education has been heavily involved with local schools with partnerships like the iPad project, which puts iPads in the hands of Montlieu Academy of Technology students, opening the School of Education’s children’s book library to local teachers, and Teachers of Tomorrow, a student group that raises funds for local teachers.

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