Black Hills State University is a partner in five of seven grants recently awarded to public universities along with South Dakota K-12 schools. A total of $350,000 has been awarded in grants to improve science and mathematics instruction in the middle and high schools.
The partnerships each received about $50,000 to fund their projects from April 2009 to September 2010. Grant recipients are:
The intent is to provide specialized professional development for middle and high school teachers of math and science, involving higher education faculty, local school districts, and other education agencies and partners to achieve a statewide impact, said Gary Johnson, system vice president of research for the South Dakota Board of Regents. The board administers the grant funds under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
“The aim is high-quality instruction in college-preparatory science and math courses for all students, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances,” Johnson said. “Particular attention is paid to projects that closely align to the state’s academic content standards and build on initiatives already under way by the state Department of Education,” he said.
For example, Johnson said several of the projects awarded this year will extend the education department’s initiative, South Dakota Counts, to the middle and high school levels. South Dakota Counts has focused on math instruction at the elementary level in an effort to deepen teachers’ knowledge of math content and instruction.
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