VDOE Awards Mathematics & Science Partnership Grants
Grants Fund Professional Development for 970 Teachers
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded more than $2.5 million in third-year grants to support 13 programs that were established in 2015 to increase the content knowledge and sharpen the classroom skills of the commonwealth’s mathematics and science teachers.
The grants are from the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, which supports efforts by colleges and universities to provide high-quality professional development programs for teachers with the goal of improving instruction and closing achievement gaps in mathematics and science. Funded partnerships must include a mathematics, science and/or engineering department from at least one institute of higher education and at least one high-needs school division.
“The professional development opportunities provided through this program over the last 15 years have been critical to the commonwealth’s efforts to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare their students to meet Virginia’s high expectations for learning and achievement in mathematics and science,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples.
More than $1.3 million was awarded to provide third-year funding for the following seven mathematics projects:
- Innovative Mathematics Partnership for Rural Elementary Schools – $105,875 for Longwood University and Virginia State University (VSU) to serve 24 teachers in two school divisions: Sussex County and Brunswick County.
- Interactive Mathematics Institute for Middle School Teachers – $61,315 for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the MathScience Innovation Center to serve 25 teachers in one school division: Richmond.
- Project EMT (Elementary Math Teaching) – $65,710 for Emory & Henry to serve 26 teachers in three school divisions: Bristol, Smyth County and Washington County.
- Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Center – $317,981 for Radford University, NASA Langley Research Center, Longwood University, VCU and Virginia Tech to serve 156 teachers in 30 school divisions: Arlington County, Bedford County, Buchanan County, Chesterfield County, Essex County, Franklin County, Frederick County, Giles County, Gloucester County, Grayson County, Hampton, Henrico County, King George County, Martinsville, Mecklenburg County, Montgomery County, New Kent County, Patrick County, Prince Edward County, Pulaski County, Radford, Rappahannock County, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Russell County, Salem, Smyth County, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Wise County.
- Southern Virginia Elementary Mathematics Coalition to Enhance Student Achievement through Teacher Professional Development – $353,083 for the College of William and Mary, Longwood University and the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition to serve 134 teachers in five school divisions: Charles City County, Franklin, King and Queen County, Mecklenburg County and Prince Edward County.
- Transitions: Transforming Mathematics Instruction Through Mathematical Modeling, Algebraic Thinking and Proportional Reasoning: Teaching and Assessing Virginia's 2009 Mathematics SOL (Grades 3-9) – $318,144 for George Mason University and the Virginia Council for Private Education to serve 180 teachers in nine school divisions: Arlington County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County and Roanoke, as well as the Virginia Council for Private Education.
- Virginia Tech/Buchanan County Mathematics Partnership – $151,962 for Virginia Tech to serve 85 teachers in one school division: Buchanan County.
More than $1.1 million was awarded to fund the following six science projects:
- Building Bridges – $85,425 for Old Dominion University (ODU) to serve 48 teachers in one school division: Hampton.
- Knowledge through Experience for Youth in Science – $160,435 for ODU to serve 40 teachers in three school divisions: Isle of Wight, Norfolk and Portsmouth.
- Standards within Real-World Learning – $162,151 for Regent University, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers to serve 42 teachers in two school divisions: Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
- Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Elementary Literacy Integrated with Science at the University of Virginia (UVA) – $175,492 for UVA and VCU to serve 60 teachers in Albemarle County and Waynesboro.
- Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Elementary Literacy Integrated with Science at VCU – $267,286 for UVA and VCU to serve 85 teachers in four school divisions: Caroline County, Chesterfield County, Henrico County and Richmond.
- Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Middle/Junior High-Elementary Literacy Integrated with Science at VCU – $336,844 for VCU and VSU to serve 65 teachers in two school divisions: Dinwiddie County and Petersburg.
Mathematics and Science Partnership grants were authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This is the final year of the awards since the funding for this grant program is not included in the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 education law.
In addition to professional development opportunities, the grants also support the development and availability of curriculum and lesson plans, professional development materials and other resources for mathematics and science teachers.
More information about Mathematics and Science Partnership projects and resources is available on the VDOE website.