Area Educator Attends Exxon Teachers Academy

July 31, 2011

Linda S. Godwin, gifted education specialist for the Escambia County (Ala.) School System, was recently selected to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Godwin was among the 200 applicants selected from the 1,500 third through fifth grade teachers who applied to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The teachers academy was sponsored by Phil Mickelson, pro golfer, and ExxonMobil, who paid all expenses for the 200 teachers attending.

According to organizers, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is designed to:

  • Deepen understanding of mathematics and science content at grades 3 – 5 in the areas of data and statistics, measurement, and force and motion;
  • Build expertise in facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry;
  • Demonstrate the interconnections between mathematics and science that support and enhance student learning;
  • Provide an understanding of how children learn and how to translate that knowledge to the classroom instruction;
  • Increase knowledge and use of instructional resources to support student learning; and
  • Encourage school teams to network with other professionals in mathematics and science education.

For Godwin, highlights of the academy included the opportunity to meet teachers from across the country, work with engineers and gaining new knowledge and resources to use with students.

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