Toyota gives $500,000 to help schools

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has given the University of Kentucky $500,000 to help improve the teaching of math and science in 13 Central and Northern Kentucky school districts.

UK's Partnership Institute for Mathematics and Science Education Reform will use the money to develop teacher-driven teams in grades K-12 in each participating school district that will develop strategies for better math and science learning.

Faculty from UK, Georgetown College, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, Transylvania university and Bluegrass Community and Technical College will provide mentoring and technical support for the local teams.

Teachers also will be trained in writing professional development plans.

"Toyota has again demonstrated its commitment to improving education in the commonwealth by providing us the resources we need to deliver this innovative project to more Kentucky students," UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said.

The Fayette County, Bourbon County and Scott County school districts, and the Diocese of Lexington Catholic Schools will participate in the program in Central Kentucky.

The Northern Kentucky participants will be the Boone, Kenton and Campbell County schools; Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Newport and Silver Grove independent schools, and the Diocese of Covington Department of Schools.