Biloxi Public Schools STEM programs to receive $1 million grant

The Biloxi Public School District has announced a five-year, $1 million  partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity to enhance Biloxi’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, also known as STEM, and provide more transitional support for military-connected students and families.

The grant, known as Operation IMPACT (Improving Mathematical Practices and Access to Counseling and Technology),will focus on professional development for all K-12 staff, implementation of programs that will increase student awareness of STEM programs and careers, as well as increase the levels of social and emotional support of military students.

“Operation IMPACT will support the professional development of STEM programs and increase the effectiveness of educators in the classroom,” said Dr. Janice Johnson, assistant superintendent at Biloxi Public Schools. “All students in the four target schools will benefit. We look forward to the additional opportunities this grant will provide across the district.”

The grant includes Jeff Davis Elementary, Popp’s Ferry Elementary, North Bay Elementary and Biloxi Junior High.  “Our military families and students are a vital part of our district, and we’re excited about this great opportunity to enrich their educational experience here in Biloxi,” Superintendent Arthur McMillan said.

Biloxi is the only district in the state to receive this award this year.
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