“Fascinating Forensics” One of Three Academic Enrichment Projects Funded Out of 200 Applicants across the U.S.

Bakersfield, CA.

Sarah J. McCarthey, President of the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation, announced that “Fascinating Forensics” proposed by Sing Lum Elementary Teacher Brook Webb is one of three to receive an Academic Enrichment Grant out of 200 applications nationwide. The project will receive more than $7000.00 in funding.

“Fascinating Forensics is an innovative approach to elementary education that integrates appropriate forensics curriculum into state-adopted, standards-based curriculum,” noted Professor McCarthey. “Students will be actively engaged in critical thinking, data analysis, logistics and deductive reasoning skills on a continuous basis. Each content area presents a novel gateway to the study of language arts, grammar, mathematics, science and social studies/history.”

Students will learn how the three branches of the U.S. government work together to create, implement and enforce the law. Interview techniques will teach communication and memory skills; physical evidence lessons will present the sciences and social studies in a nontraditional format. “This program will revolutionize the way students feel about learning,” added Professor McCarthey, “by making them the investigators of their own educational experiences.”

Preliminary Administrative Credential Certified, Mrs. Webb holds a Master of Arts in Education Administration from California State University Bakersfield. “Receiving the McCarthey Dressman Academic Enrichment Grant is such a joy and honor,” commented Mrs. Webb. She is also the recipient of other grants and awards including those from Tool Factory Olympus Podcasting, Kern County Museum “Living History Day,” AIAA Science, History of a Nation, Chevron Energy for Learning, among others. She is a member of the American Institute for History Education, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, California Teachers Association, National Education Association, and the Association of California School Administrators.

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