Bethune-Cookman University, Stetson University, Volusia County Schools, and the New Teacher Center (NTC) are recipients of a three year $1.1 million dollar grant from the Florida Department of Education. The grant will fund the Volusia Center for Excellence in Education (VCEE). Bethune-Cookman University’s grant proposal writers and team members are Dr. Willis Walter, Dean, Dr. Amy Eitzen, Assessment Coordinator, and Ms. Lawana Walden, Teacher Education Institute Coordinator.

The VCEE was designed to create more highly effective elementary teachers through increased core content knowledge and Danielson pedagogy. Subject area experts will collaborate to develop learning modules in Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Science. Demonstration classrooms will be designed in local schools that will provide real-time modeling and the analysis of veteran teachers employing best practices in the core content areas. VCEE will also provide opportunities for professional development to strengthen skills and knowledge of pre-service and new teachers in the classroom.

The Bethune-Cookman University College of Education is pleased to be a partner in the VCEE project and looks forward to continued efforts to contribute and impact future educators and K-12 students.