A $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Texas Tech University and seven regional partners will go towards a five-year teacher training project.
The project, titled The West Texas Middle School Mathematics Partnership, is designed help middle school teachers acquire a deeper knowledge of middle school math and an enhanced cultural sensitivity to the area’s diverse student population.
Texas Tech University says the project could result in a new national model for training math teachers.
In addition, the partnership will look at the way language, cultural diversity, and resource constraints affect mathematics learning in West Texas schools.
The five-year project will begin in January 2009, and the first group of teachers to participate will be selected this spring. Teachers will be required to spend three weeks of the summer taking intensive classes, doing preparation work, and completing assessments.
Participating teachers will receive up to nine hours of graduate credit as well as stipends totaling at least $9,000.
The partnership received about one-seventh of the $43 million awarded by the NSF’s Math and Science partnership program. More information on education funding and awards from the NSF are available through the foundation’s Web site.