William Hunter, director of Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST), will help to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in Barbados, thanks to a Fulbright Specialist grant. Hunter will assist with curriculum development and training at Erdiston Teacher Training College, in that island nation.
As a Fulbright Specialist, Hunter will visit Erdiston Teacher Training College for two-week sessions this November, and in January and May 2016. During his first visit, he will conduct a needs assessment of the school’s curriculum and programs. Subsequent visits will include more in-depth consultations with faculty members and workshops on teaching practices and project-based STEM education.
“This Fulbright grant will be an exciting opportunity to work with the faculty at Erdiston Teacher Training College.” said Hunter. “I’m looking forward to helping them explore ways to enhance STEM education at their institution and throughout Barbados. I was excited to apply for this program because it’s a perfect fit for my background in STEM curriculum development and teacher training.”
Through his work with CeMaST, Hunter has played a leading role in developing project-based integrated STEM curriculum materials designed to meet Common Core Standards for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for grades K-12. He has also conducted STEM education workshops for thousands of in-service and pre-service teachers across the United States, and worked with faculty and students at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand in the development of a graduate program in science education.