August 23, 2013

Math & Science Instruction Grant Awarded to ESU

Elementary and middle school math teachers in rural Kansas will benefit from a $150,000 grant to Emporia State University’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.

The program was selected last spring by the Kansas Department of Education to receive a three-year grant to offer summer institutes to improve mathematics instruction. The $150,000 is for year one of the grant, with years two and three dependent on Congressional funding and the program meeting grant requirements.

The focus of the grant is to offer summer institutes to increase Kindergarten through eighth grade mathematics teachers’ content knowledge for teachers in rural school districts. The instruction is based on Common Core State Standards/Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.

“For two weeks this summer 40 teachers from six Kansas school districts focused on ways to work with students to improve their number concepts,” said Dr. Lee Anne Coester, the Mathematical and Science Partnerships (MSP) Coach. Instructors this summer were Dr. Marvin Harrell, professor of mathematics at ESU, and Carrie Davis, who worked with the MSP grant in previous years.

“During the school year I go to the 40 teachers’ schools to observe and support them in incorporating the things they learned this summer into their instruction,” Coester said.

The teachers involved in the MSP instruction are from Burlingame, USD 454; Burlington, USD 244; Lyndon, USD 421; North Lyon County, USD 251; Osage City, USD 420; and Santa Fe Trail, USD 434.