- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A University of Vermont program emphasizing technology-rich teaching practices in middle schools has received a $5 million gift from a foundation.

It’s the second $5 million donation made by the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The earlier gift launched the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at UVM in 2009.

The institute works in 13 schools. The new funding will allow it to more than triple the number of schools and reach new areas of the state.

The institute helps teachers integrate technology with teaching strategies to reach students, such as bringing real-world problems into the classroom and students into the community; encouraging students to work in teams; and integrating student voice into the curriculum.

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