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School District Five teachers selected for Science P.L.U.S. Institute

For Immediate Release – March 27, 2020



School District Five teachers selected for Science P.L.U.S. Institute

IRMO – Two Lexington-Richland School District Five teachers have been accepted into the 2020 Science P.L.U.S. Institute at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC.


The Science P.L.U.S. Institute is presented in a one-week, grade-specific, one-subject format. Participants in the summer Institute leave with 30 hours towards recertification along with nearly $1,000 worth of science materials for their classroom.


The following School District Five teachers were selected for the program: Jordan Dinsmore (Lake Murray Elementary) and Eric Hindman (Irmo Middle).


Irmo Middle science teacher, Eric Hindman, selected to attend the 7th grade chemistry sessions said, "As a new teacher, I'm welcoming the exposure and the opportunity to collaborate with other science teachers from across the state.  I hope to incorporate as many fun and interesting ideas into my lessons as possible."


Selection for the Institute is not based on merit; the selection committee’s goal is to make this opportunity available equitably to SC public school science teachers. The committee chooses teachers with a wide range of experience levels, knowing that participants learn from the expertise of their colleagues and are inspired by their enthusiasm. The committee always chooses at least one participant from each school district with applicants, regardless of district size; proportionately more applicants are selected from larger districts. Priority is given to first-time applicants, especially those from Palmetto Priority Schools and from Title I schools.


“Congratulations to these teachers for their selection to the prestigious Science PLUS Institute,” said Elizabeth Boland, School District Five science, health and PE coordinator.  “These teachers exemplify what it means to teach in district five as they go above and beyond to ensure students have access to authentic learning experiences.”


Since 1993, over 4,437 South Carolina teachers, representing all of the state’s school districts, have participated in Science P.L.U.S. classes. The Science P.L.U.S. Institute is funded by the Educational Improvement Act.


"Professional development is a priority in School District Five,” said Michael Guliano, School District Five chief instructional officer.  “We are proud that our teachers believe in continuous development and model lifelong learning to our students.   The knowledge they will acquire through the Science P.L.U.S. Institute will directly impact student learning as they bring back research-based strategies to use in their classroom with students."