Project MERIT, a National Science Foundation (NSF) and West Virginia Department of Education initiative that enhances both the content knowledge and teaching skills of middle level educators, announces that registration for its summer institutes is now open. Since the inception of the program, the Project has trained a cadre of 120 MERIT Mentor teachers and MERIT leaders who have received more than 45 days of professional development in mathematics education and leadership.
Since becoming involved with the program, a 100-member team of teachers from across the state has been implementing MathScape, an NSF standards-based curriculum. Using these instructional materials, Project MERIT systematically prepares mathematics educators in grades 6-8 to deliver a standards-based program of study that promotes improved achievement for all students. Not only is this curriculum aligned with the state’s Instructional Goals and Objectives, but also the new Content Standards and Objectives.
As a part of the MERIT team, educators receive new materials that teach the Content Standards in an engaging and meaningful way so students learn more effectively. They also receive professional development which helps them better prepare students to meet the challenges of new assessments.
Those involved with Project MERIT’s MathScape report a high level of student engagement, a greater understanding of mathematics concepts and an increase in problem solving and communications skills. Both educators and students who use MathScape give the program high marks. Here’s what some users have to say about it:
“I don’t know if I have ever been so excited about the benefit of any one thing before...I have been underestimating the abilities of my students. Some are producing unbelievable writeups...I am so proud of them.” – West Virginia teacher.
“It’s more interesting to give examples of what you do with math in the real world now rather than later.” –Domenica, West Virginia student.
All middle level teachers of mathematics are invited to attend the summer institutes. The dates and locations are listed below. Those interested in participating in the program may download the application at http://wvde.state.wv.us. Register soon! The deadline for registration is April 15th.
RESA I - July 8-11 -- Bluefield Middle School RESA II - July 8-11 -- Spring Valley High School RESA II - July 29-Aug. 1 -- South Charleston Middle School RESA IV - July 29-Aug. 1 -- Summersville Middle School RESA V - July 29-Aug. 1 -- Blennerhassett Junior High School RESA VI - July 8-11 -- Warwood Middle School RESA VII - July 8-11 -- East Fairmont High School RESA VIII - July 29-Aug. 1 -- Keyser Middle or Musselman Middle School (depending on enrollment)
You can download Project Merit Application.