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**For Immediate Release**
Grant Enhances Science and Math Education
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-20-06

Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University, in conjunction with Guymon Public Schools, received notice that they will receive an $81,000 grant to continue a professional development program that was started last year. Public schools in Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas counties have formed an alliance with OPSU to participate in the training. Funded by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and administered through the State of Oklahoma, the funds are dedicated to continuing education for science and math teachers in high-need schools as defined by NCLB.

Title II, Part B of the federal NCLB act of 2001 authorized the partnerships competitive grant program. The U.S. Department of Education defines "high-need" schools as those that serve no fewer than 10,000 children from families with incomes below the poverty line or in which 20% of the children live in poverty. "These partnerships are supported by federal funds allocated to Oklahoma's State Department of Education for additional teacher training in math and science. Ongoing math and science education for teachers remains a priority in Oklahoma," Sandy Garrett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a release issued recently.

Money will be used to hire course instructors like university professors and other teachers who might add something to the classes. Teachers involved in the program also receive a stipend to get them to campus and attend the courses. Under the direction of Dr. Justin Collins, OPSU Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing, science and math faculty will offer an intense two-week training program this summer. It includes follow-up evaluation to assess the program and determine if the goals were achieved.

The program will provide 45 area teachers with a better understanding of science and math concepts and help them actively involve their students. It will enhance instructors' ability to understand and use the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), Oklahoma's academic content standard for science and math.

"Building on the success of last year's program, this second year of funding will allow us to equip more area teachers with knowledge and materials needed to enhance the math and science learning of their students," said Collins. He said he and his faculty look forward to supporting math and science teachers in their instructional efforts.

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