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West Virginia Receives $5.85 Million Grant For Mathematics Education

April 06, 2000

West Virginia has received a five-year, $5.85 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve mathematics teaching in middle schools. The new initiative, called Project MERIT (Mathematics Education Reform Initiative for Teachers), is a collaborative effort among the West Virginia Department of Education, the State College and University Systems of West Virginia, the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the West Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition.  

U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., made the official announcement Tuesday in Washington.  

This generous grant from NSF will allow us to target teachers at the middle school level to improve their content knowledge and promote achievement for all students, said State Superintendent David Stewart. Through Project MERIT, we will reach more than 950 math teachers in grades 6-8 by supporting research-based teaching and learning.  

Project MERIT will utilize MathScape, an exemplary instructional materials model from NSF. Thirty-five teachers will form a leadership team, along with 110 mentor teachers and two teachers from each of the 55 county school systems. They will work with math educators from higher education institutions to deliver the program of study to teachers throughout the state.  

We are anticipating great student achievement results from this project, said state Mathematics Coordinator Larry Lamb. By emphasizing hands-on activities, visualization, and opportunities for strong collaboration, Project MERIT will provide an outstanding professional development vehicle for teachers.  

For more information, contact Larry Lamb, state math coordinator, at 304-558-7805.  

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