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UWL Provides 'Resource Day' for Local Educators

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The UW-La Crosse opened up its library to local school teachers and administrators Monday as part of a "STEM" resource day. 

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, although Monday's resource day also featured social studies books. 

Professor of biology Dr. Tim Gerber said the university typically buys a new set of STEM books each year, opting to purchase books that are highly-rated by either the American Association for the Advancement of Science or the National Science Teachers Association. 

Gerber said the university's book collection is beneficial to its education students. He said students hoping to one day become K through 12 teachers can get a glimpse of some of the materials they might be using one day on the job. 

But he also said local teachers, who are already plying their trade in Coulee Region classrooms, can benefit from the book collection. 

"UWL is in middle of Western Wisconsin, so teachers from our area can also come to UWL and look at top a collection of STEM books," Gerber said. "I would like to see the UWL become a hub for the purchasing of these books and then teachers from our area can come look at them for free." 

"It's one thing to read a review about a book but it's another thing to actually have it in your hand and then see how that ties into your curriculum," he said. 

Roger Fruit, the Director of Instructional Services at the Onalaska School District, was one of several educators who stopped in to the UWL's resource day. 

He said the opportunity to see the books up close is important -- especially at a time when school budgets across the state are tight. 

"We need to make wise choices with the resources we do have available to spend," Fruit said. 
Gerber said all books on display Monday at the UWL will remain stored away safely in the library. 

He said teachers can always stop by to look at them if they please.

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