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EECU Gift Helps Enrich Valley Teachers

May 16, 2017

Educators learn topics including computer programming, Lego robotics, conductivity and circuits, math, and RNA and DNA. Dozens of educators took part in the CalTeach Professional Development Summer Institute for Valley Teachers last year, and thanks to another generous gift from Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) the program will continue so more can benefit.

The program, launched in summer 2016 with the help of EECU, works to enrich the Central Valley by addressing an immense need to provide local professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers.

One of UC Merced’s Principles of Community is to ‘pursue excellence in teaching and learning through contributions from all community members in an effort to foster a culture of open exchange,’” CalTeach Program Director Chelsea Arnold said. “By providing this program, we would like UC Merced to be seen as a resource for teachers seeking professional learning experiences and curriculum for their classrooms.”

Elementary, middle and high school educators in Atwater, Livingston, Merced, Madera, Mariposa, Modesto and Turlock took part in the inaugural program. This year, the institute will work to expand to Fresno or beyond, depending on interest and need.

The new EECU sponsorship could support the program up to three years, demonstrating the credit union’s deep affinity for supporting education.

As a longtime partner with UC Merced, we are proud to support the CalTeach Summer Institute,” EECU president and CEO Beth Dooley said. “This wonderful program incorporates UC Merced’s and the credit union’s shared values and commitment to education and the community.

This collaboration to enhance professional development opportunities for our teachers will pay dividends for years to come.”

Last summer’s workshops focused on STEM-related topics including computer programming, Lego robotics, conductivity and circuits, math, and RNA and DNA. This year’s workshops may vary depending on the professional development needs of Valley teachers.

UC Merced CalTeach students participate in the summer workshops, giving them the opportunity to learn along with teachers, and providing a rich networking experience.

Educators are encouraged to sign up to attend the summer workshops. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.