Black Hills State University recently earned three Title II grants that partner public universities with K-12 schools to improve science and mathematics instruction.

The Title II grants from the U.S. Department of Education pair university science, math, and education faculty with teachers and administrators from high-need school systems to develop relevant professional development activities. More than 135 teachers from across South Dakota will participate in the six grant projects. The grants will involve teachers in specialized summer workshops and follow-up activities that lead to implementation of lesson plans in math and science throughout the school year.

The BHSU partnership grants, each funded at about $50,000 include:

  •  BHSU, along with South Dakota State University and Bennett County School District, for a “South Dakota Counts” project;
  • BHSU and Colome School District for a “Life Science Concepts for Teachers” project;
  • BHSU, along with Dakota State University and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools, for a “South Dakota Counts” project.

Other Title II grants funded announced were:

  • SDSU and Bennett County School District for a “Cosmic Connections 2012” project;
  • SDSU and Takini School for a “STEM Enhancement Teacher Institute: Sustained, Effective Teacher Interaction” project;
  • SDSU and Colman-Egan School District for an “Engineering the Future” project.

The South Dakota Board of Regents administers the grant funds under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.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 2012 through September 2013.