Green Bay Area Public Schools and St. Norbert College awarded mathematics and science partnership grant

From St. Norbert College, January 8, 2007
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Green Bay Area Public Schools and St. Norbert College were awarded a Mathematics and Science Partnership Program grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to deepen math content knowledge of elementary and middle school teachers.

"St. Norbert College is excited to partner on this project because investing in the ongoing professional development of teachers builds the foundation for educational excellence," said William Hynes, president of the College.

Created by St. Norbert College math professors Bonnie Berken and Kathy Muhs, graduate-level courses will strengthen teachers' understanding of math content, highlight successful instructional strategies and alternative assessment techniques and prepare for the application of math concepts to the world of science.

"Teachers trained through this project will gain newfound confidence in their grasp of mathematics as well as fresh enthusiasm about their ability to teach in an engaging manner," said Muhs.

This award represents one of ten partnership grants totaling $1.7 million that was made throughout the state. Grants are for two years with the option to apply for continuation for a third year, subject to funding availability. Priority was given to partnerships that serve high-need school districts.

A total of 30 teachers, representing grades four through eight, from 12 to 15 target public schools in the Green Bay Area Public School District will participate in this partnership. Over the duration of the grant project, these teachers will impact approximately 1,650 elementary and middle school students.

"This partnership project will increase the ability of participating teachers to understand and use effectively the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Mathematics," Berken said. "In turn, student achievement in mathematics will improve."