OKEECHOBEE — Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently awarded $9,713 to the Education Foundation of Okeechobee as part of its statewide EmPOWERing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Educators Program. The program’s goal is to increase teacher knowledge of effective math and science instructional practices that align with Florida Standards through peer-to-peer learning of best practices.
The funding will support the Education Foundation of Okeechobee’s goal to provide ongoing professional development in STEM education. This will meet a crucial need for enhanced peer-to-peer learning opportunities through improved teacher training, support systems and curriculum alignment. This grant will primarily benefit North Elementary School in Okeechobee.
“High-quality education is the foundation for our students’ dreams, and equipping teachers with the tools to succeed is the rocket fuel that propels those dreams to new heights,” said Alaina Barron, executive director, Education Foundation of Okeechobee. “Through the funding of this program, we are grateful to be able to help inspire the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers and visionaries.”
FPL is partnering with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (Consortium) to bring the EmPOWERING STEM Educators Program to school districts throughout the state. Since 2010, the Consortium has administered hands-on, workplace-based STEM classroom learning experiences to increase student awareness and interest in STEM careers. Together, the Consortium and FPL developed this program specifically for math and science teachers.
“Investments in STEM education help equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation, strengthen our economy and address the challenges of tomorrow,” said Sarah Marmion, education and outreach centers manager for FPL. “The lasting impact of these grants shape a brighter future for all of Florida.”
Including the Education Foundation of Okeechobee, FPL is awarding a total of $131,000 to 13 local education foundations across the state.