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$75K Grant Awarded to Fund Educational ‘Food and Gardening’ Project

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darlene_panviniDr. Lauren Lunsford, associate professor of education, and Dr. Darlene Panvini, professor of biology, are serving as co-principal investigators for a project, “Food and Gardening: Growing Partnerships between Science Teachers and English Teachers to Support Instruction,” that was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). They will work with other Belmont faculty members, including Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood of education, Dr. Kim Daus of chemistry, Dr. Bonnie Smith-Whitehouse of English and Kate McGowan of education to unite English and science teachers to help their students explore text in interactive and fun ways. The project will provide teachers with the professional development and time to plan lessons that utilize hands-on activities like community gardens and classroom kitchens to support the teaching of informational texts.  Teachers from Bedford County, Davidson County, Dickerson County, Montgomery County and Franklin City Schools will have the opportunity to participate in workshops this summer and receive continued support in the fall.