Students across the country and at UD are entering college unprepared for math. Universities incur huge costs bringing them up to speed through remedial courses, and students are at a disadvantage when beginning to prepare for careers.
Through a two-year Delaware Department of Education Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) grant, PDCE and UD’s Department of Mathematical Sciences are partnering with the Delaware Mathematics Coalition on a multiyear $1.1 million Mathematics and Science Partnership Program grant from the state Department of Education to address this challenge.
This grant will fund the Delaware K-12 Mathematics Partnership Project, which seeks to help educators in the state’s public and charter schools learn how to teach differently to engage their students in math and science in new and more effective ways.
About 230 K-12 teachers from 15 school districts will take part in both statewide and school-based professional learning opportunities totaling 80 hours per year including
- Secondary New Normal professional development for five full days during the school year;
- Elementary Math Teacher Leadership professional development during the school year;
- Secondary summer institutes with a focus on reasoning, justification and modeling.
- Twenty hours of school-based work in professional learning communities (PLCs) and content-based coaching.
The program is geared toward teachers at all levels of their careers and at all stages of their embrace of new standards and methods, like Common Core and problem-based learning (PBL).
For more information on this program, see Learning to Love Math.