BHSU collaborates with middle and high schools to improve science and math education

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           Dr. Janet Briggs, instructor of science, will lead BHSU&rsquos work with school districts from Bennett County, Newell, and White River for a project titled "Life Science Concepts for Teachers" funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

       

       

           

       

       

           Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics, will lead BHSU&rsquos work with Bennett County School District and Todd County Middle School for a project titled "Embedding the Standards for Mathematical Practice within the Common Core State Content Standards Year 2, West" funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

       

       

           

       

       

           Dr. Peggy Norris, deputy director at Sanford Science Education Center, will lead BHSU&rsquos work with the Huron and Chamberlain school districts for a project titled "Physics of Atomic Nuclei: Connecting Content and Practices with Applications, Careers and the Sanford Underground Research Facility" funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

       

   



Black Hills State University will receive $119,000 in federal grant funding to improve science and mathematics instruction in South Dakota middle and high schools.

The Title II grants from the U.S. Department of Education help university science, math, and education faculty to work with teachers and administrators from high-need school systems across the state to develop professional development activities. The South Dakota Board of Regents administers the federal grant funds.

"We congratulate our faculty members as well as our Sanford Underground Research Facility partners. This summer, teachers from across the state will participate actively in field work to develop deep understanding, followed by sessions throughout the year to guide exemplary science and math teaching in their classrooms," said Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the BHSU College of Education.

The BHSU partnership grants include:

&middot         BHSU and school districts from Bennett County, Newell, and White River for a project titled "Life Science Concepts for Teachers" under the direction of Dr. Janet Briggs, instructor of science education at BHSU.

&middot         BHSU, Bennett County School District, and Todd County Middle School for a project titled "Embedding the Standards for Mathematical Practice within the Common Core State Content Standards Year 2, West" under the direction of Dr. Daniel May, assistant professor of mathematics at BHSU.

&middot         BHSU, the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and the Huron and Chamberlain school districts for a project titled "Physics of Atomic Nuclei: Connecting Content and Practices with Applications, Careers and the Sanford Underground Research Facility" under the direction of Dr. Peggy Norris, deputy director at Sanford Science Education Center.

The projects will bring together higher education faculty, local school systems, and other education agencies and partners to achieve statewide impact. Funding runs from April 2015 through September 2016.

"The work of our faculty members at BHSU prepares both future teachers and current teachers to teach science and math more effectively, and we are excited about the long-term impact this will have on middle and high school student learning!" said Simpson.



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