**For Immediate Release**
Grant Continued for Math Education
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-20-06
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University recently received notice from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) of the continuation of the Math-Ese grant that was held last summer. The $96,118 grant is made possible by the 2007 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title II, Part A program, and will expand on last summer’s Math-Ese workshop.
Up to 25 teachers in the Oklahoma panhandle will have the opportunity to take advantage of learning innovative ways of teaching mathematics, and the 2007 summer seminar will focus on creating and using math representations such as charts, graphs, and tables to emphasize math literacy. The grant will provide funds to bring math teachers to campus across grade levels (K-12) for an intense workshop to continue learning about how to teach reading and writing of math problems, learn new skills in creating and teaching math representations, and increase technological skills for presentations in the classroom. Participants will become familiar with graphing software packages including Microsoft Office Suite and Geometer’s Sketchpad as well as websites that support graphing, use of graphing calculators and SMART boards.
The continued funding remains important as Oklahoma students have not reached the success levels required by NCLB Act, and the weakness is noted across grade levels, socio-economic status, and demographic areas. The success rate of K-12 students in the Oklahoma panhandle is higher than in other parts of the state, but data supplied by area math teachers indicate that students often score low on standardized mathematics exams because they do not possess the language skills to understand written math problems nor have they acquired the skills necessary to interpret and comprehend math problems represented by charts, graphs, and tables.
Thanks to the NCLB funds distributed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, teachers can continue their education and equip themselves with strategies and tools to provide the best possible instruction for students in the Oklahoma panhandle.