The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded the Westlake City School District a $17,575 grant to help faculty improve the subject material they provide to their students.

The grant is called Utilizing STEMM Problem-Based Teaching and Learning, and it will help the development of the district’s STEMM program, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine.

The one-year grant will help up to 16 teachers at Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School. Westlake and the Cleveland State University STEMM education training center will also partner up to train the teachers in providing and implementing projects in their classrooms.

Melissa Barth, a Westlake High School biology teacher, and Kathi Maxwell, the associate superintendent of instruction, wrote the grant application and submitted it in the spring.

The foundation supports the development of students through helping schools and districts provide a means to teach them.

“This is a significant investment in teaching and learning that will result in profitable returns for both students and staff,” Superintendent Scott Goggin said in a news release. “This plan of instruction will significantly shift the way our students learn and empower our staff to lead that charge.”

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