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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2004
Contact: Charles Pyle/DOE
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes/DOE
(804) 225-2775

Mathematics & Science Partnership Grants Awarded
Projects Support Teachers’ Professional Development

The Department of Education today announced the recipients of 2004 Mathematics and Science Partnership program grants. The grants, totaling more than $1.3 million, will support professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science teachers and promote the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001’s highly qualified teacher designation. Projects supported by these grants in Virginia this year must be classroom focused, aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning curricula, and demonstrate measurable improvement in student achievement in math.

Russell County Schools was awarded $269,412 for “A MAP (Mathematics Achievement Program) For Rural Schools.” The goal of the project is to increase the number of highly qualified mathematics teachers in grades 5-8 in the partnering school divisions. The project partners are the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and the school divisions of Buchanan, Dickenson, Scott, and Tazewell counties.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was awarded $373,809 for a project entitled “Preparing Highly Qualified Middle School Mathematics Teachers Across Virginia.” The project goal is to develop and offer four graduate-level courses leading to 100 highly qualified teachers from partnering school divisions by September 2005. The project partners include five institutions of higher education and 10 school divisions. VCU is partnering with James Madison University (JMU), Mary Washington College, Norfolk State University, and Virginia Tech. The partnering school divisions are Augusta, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Shenandoah, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties, and the cities of Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke.

The University of Virginia (UVA) was awarded $749,581 for the “Virginia Mathematics Specialist Project.” The goals of the project are to establish masters’ degree programs at Norfolk State University, UVA and VCU for a K-8 mathematics specialist license, and to have 80 teachers earn this license by September 2005. The project partners include eight institutions of higher education and 26 schools divisions. UVA is the grantee in partnership with JMU, Longwood University, Mary Washington College, Norfolk State University, VCU, Virginia Tech, and the College of William and Mary. The school divisions are Albemarle, Arlington, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Gloucester, Hanover, Louisa, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince William, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Washington counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Bedford, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Roanoke, and Salem.