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Grants Add Up to Big Boost for Math Education
Sentinel & Enterprise
Leominster and Fitchburg school administrators are looking to improve math education through a $100,375 grant from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"It builds teachers understanding of the kind of math students need to know," said Paula Giaquinto, Fitchburg assistant superintendent of curriculum and Title I.
The state awarded the Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program grant to the Fitchburg and Leominster school districts earlier this month to cover the cost of continuing education for 25 teachers who together educate over 3,000 students, according to Giaquinto and a letter from DESE.
Math, classroom and special education teachers for grades three through nine will be able to enroll in a 47-hour graduate level course this summer developed by Worcester State University and Dr. Andrew Chen, an educational consultant and president of EDUTron Corporation.
The course will teach mathematical concepts and the best way to convey this information to students, Giaquinto said. The course will be new this summer, but could become a regular offering from the university in future semesters.
Giaquinto said, while the course work will be "intensive," the effects of the course will be "extensive." The course will try to build a "math community" where teachers and Chen can communicate about educational methods even after the course ends.
The teachers involved in the program will participate in 24 hours of follow-up courses next school year.
Giaquinto said the program has funding for the first year and the district can apply for an additional year of funding this summer.