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The College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State University has been awarded a $924,000 Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Mississippi Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education. The three-year Delta Math Science Partnership Initiative will target professional development for middle level mathematics educators, primarily in the Delta region.
Dr. Leslie Griffin, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, in announcing the award, cited the need for additional training for teachers as they implement Common Core State Standards. “We are partnering with the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, chaired by Dr. Clifton Wingard. Also committed to the project are a group of group of professional mathematics and science educators including Ms. Joyce McNair, Director of the Delta Area Association for the Improvement of Schools (DAAIS); Dr. Katharine Rasch, Unit Assessment Director for the College of Education and Human Sciences; and Mrs. Ann Huber, E-Learning Physics Teacher and Project Director. Each is distinguished in his/her respective field for not only strong content knowledge, but the ability to transfer this knowledge through creative and focused teaching strategies. This team will have primary responsibility for developing the curriculum for the project. The grant will also identify program faculty and coaches with expertise in the area,” said Griffin.
Area middle school mathematics teachers may apply to attend either of two initial institutes planned for June 2013, either the week of June 3-14 or June 17-28. Teachers who attend the training should expect to increase not only their depth of content math knowledge, but also skill in utilizing professional supports as vehicles for strong integrated lessons and improved math achievement. Teachers interested in applying for the institute may seek additional information by contacting the Project Director, Ann Huber, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662.846.4400.