Local colleges, schools systems get math and science grants

Virginia Department of Education news release


The Virginia Department ofEducation (VDOE) is awarding grants totaling more than $2 million to 10partnerships between school divisions, colleges and universities to increasecontent knowledge and sharpen classroom skills of teachers in science,technology, engineering and mathematics – subject areas known collectively asSTEM.


The grants are awardedthrough VDOE's Mathematics and Science Partnership competition, which wasannounced last September. School divisions and institutions of higher educationwere encouraged to submit proposals to create partnerships to provideprofessional development for teachers. Criteria for awarding the grantsincluded support for teachers in implementing the 2009 Mathematics Standards ofLearning (SOL) and the 2010 Science SOL.


Nearly $970,000 wasawarded to fund the following four mathematics projects:

  • Building Number and Number Sense throughMath Models and Performance-Based Assessments: Teaching and AssessingVirginia's 2009 K-2 Mathematics SOL — $246,696 for GeorgeMason University to serve 90 teachers in seven school divisions (Alexandria,Arlington County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Manassas, PrinceWilliam County and Stafford County).
  • Developing Rational Numbers andProportional Reasoning through Math Models and Performance-Based Assessments:Teaching and Assessing Virginia's 2009 6-8 Mathematics SOL — $246,696for George Mason University to serve 90 teachers in seven school divisions(Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Manassas,Prince William County and Stafford County).
  • Secondary Mathematics Professional DevelopmentCenter — $250,000 for Radford University, the College of William &Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University and NASA Langley Research Center toserve 76 teachers in 45 school divisions (Arlington County, Augusta County,Bedford County, Botetourt County, Brunswick County, Buchanan County, CarrollCounty, Charles City County, Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Floyd County,Franklin County, Frederick County, Gloucester County, Hampton, Hanover County,Henrico County, Henry County, Isle of Wight, King William County, LoudounCounty, New Kent County, Newport News, Norfolk, Norton, Patrick County,Pittsylvania County, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Powhatan County, Pulaski County,Rappahannock County, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Salem, Spotsylvania County,Stafford County, Suffolk, Surry County, Sussex County, Virginia Beach,Williamsburg-James City County, Wise County, Wythe County and York County) andtwo schools (Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology and St. Catherine's School).
  • Tidewater Team to Improve Middle SchoolMathematics Instruction — $225,000 for the College of William &Mary, Radford University and Texas Instruments Inc. to serve 45 teachers in 25school divisions (Bedford County, Carroll County, Charles City County, ColonialHeights, Floyd County, Franklin, Franklin County, Gloucester County, Hampton,Hanover County, King William County, Middlesex County, New Kent County, NewportNews, Petersburg, Poquoson,
  • Portsmouth, Richmond County, Roanoke, Southampton County,Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg-James City County, Wythe County and YorkCounty) and two private schools (Norfolk Christian and Walsingham Academy).


More than $699,000 wasawarded to fund the following five science projects:

  • A Successful Teacher ProfessionalDevelopment Model for Inquiry Teaching in STEM—$181,760 for Sweet Briar College to serve 69 teachers in seven schooldivisions (Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County,Lynchburg, Nelson County and Prince Edward County).
  • Flipped Out for Science $146,276 for Regent Universityto serve 25 teachers in two school divisions (Williamsburg-James City Countyand York County).
  • Learning Enhanced through the Nature ofScience: An Inter-Disciplinary Sustainable Professional Development Model forHigh School Science — $239,174 for Old Dominion University Research Foundation andTidewater Community College to serve 38 teachers in Virginia Beach.
  • K-5 Science Collaborative for Innovativeand Enhanced Content Excellence (SCIEnCE) —$65,081 forLongwood University and the National Science Teachers Association to serve 20teachers in six school divisions (Amelia County, Buckingham County,Chesterfield County, Cumberland County, Nottoway County and Prince Edward County).
  • Middle School SCIEnCE —$66,976 for Longwood University and the National Science TeachersAssociation to serve 35 teachers in six school divisions (Amelia County,Buckingham County, Chesterfield County, Cumberland County, Nottoway County andPrince Edward County).


A grant was also awarded to the following partnership:

  • The Virginia STEM Collaborative Nurturing Network to EnhanceContent-focused Teaching — $350,000 for Longwood University, the College of William& Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, LongwoodUniversity, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, theAmerican Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, Southwest VirginiaPublic Education Consortium, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, VirginiaCouncil of Teachers of Mathematics, Virginia Mathematics and ScienceConsortium, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Public Television, andthe MathScience Innovation Center to serve 174 teachers in 33 school divisions(Alexandria, Amelia County, Brunswick County, Charlotte County, ChesterfieldCounty, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Fairfax County,Gloucester County, Greensville County, Halifax County, Hampton, Hanover County,Harrisonburg, Henrico County, King William County, Manassas, MecklenburgCounty, Newport News, Nottoway County, Page County, Patrick County,Pittsylvania County, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Powhatan County, Prince WilliamCounty, Richmond, Rockingham County, Suffolk, Williamsburg-James City Countyand York County) and two schools (the Governor's Academy for Innovation,Technology and Engineering and the Governor's School at Innovation Park).


Mathematics and Science Partnership grants are authorized byTitle II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, alsoknown as No Child Left Behind). The grant program is designed to improveinstruction by encouraging partnerships between institutions of highereducation and school divisions to provide opportunities for mathematics andscience teachers to increase subject-matter knowledge and improve classroomskills.


More information about Mathematics and Science Partnershipgrants — including links to previously funded programs andpartnership-developed resources for teachers — is available on the Mathematics and Science Partnershipspage ofthe VDOE website.

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