FAU Receives $102,500 Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Education Program

Monday, April 23, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL The Florida Atlantic University College of Education recently received a $102,500 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation. The grant will benefit Good FIT (First Introduction to Teaching), a program within the Florida Institute for the Advancement of Teaching (FIAT). FIAT was created to recruit, prepare and retain quality teachers, in an effort to address the states critical teacher shortage.

"We truly appreciate this generous grant from The Jim Moran Foundation," said Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of community engagement at FAU. "We're extremely proud of the award-winning FIAT program, and grants from organizations like The Jim Moran Foundation help to ensure that FAU's College of Education continues to have a positive impact on our local communities."

Good FIT is one of three FIAT programs structured to offer participants increasing levels of classroom responsibility. Students in any major who would like to explore teaching as a career are given the opportunity to become a paid instructional intern in a public school classroom one day a week with a model classroom teacher.

"My husband, Jim, recognized the importance of a quality education for every child - and that begins with a well prepared and enthusiastic teacher," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. "Through our partnership with FAU's innovative Good FIT program, we are continuing Jim's legacy by helping future teachers gain real classroom experience while supporting student achievement."

The 2012 Jim Moran Foundation grant will benefit a minimum of 100 FAU students in the Good FIT program. These students will provide at least 9,000 hours of instructional support to more than 12,000 students in Broward County public schools during the 2012 spring and fall semesters. Since 2006, funding support by The Jim Moran Foundation has provided 284 college students the opportunity to actively participate in instructional activities within Broward County School District classrooms thereby impacting nearly 29,000 K-12 students.
For more information about the FAU College of Education, visit www.coe.fau.edu.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $28 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 - - with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.