UTPB Grant to Help 12 ECISD Teachers 2/13/14
CBS 7 News
February 13, 2014
Odessa - It’s all in the numbers. A $500,000 grant to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin will mean 12 ECISD teachers (from grades 6, 7, 8) will receive 120 hours of professional development and $2,000 stipends in collaborative effort to improve middle school math instruction.
The money comes in the form of a Teacher Quality Grant, and is being shared by UTPB, Abilene Christian University, and Angelo State University. Of the $500,000 UTPB will receive approximately $300,000 to work with schools – public and private – in its service area, including ECISD and Midland ISD.
Applications for the program are not available yet but teachers ultimately chosen to participate will receive 60 hours of training on “measurement” which is one of the lowest performance areas among middle school math students across the state. An additional 60 hours will focus on how to promote critical thinking amongst students, how to use technology appropriately, and how to design an “active student” learning environment. Teachers will also get a stipend, an Nspire calculator, iPad, and other math [materials] to use in their classrooms.
ECISD math coordinator Teresa Bryant calls it a great deal for the school district.“You get the training, you get the [materials], you come back to the classroom and you can implement it right away so it not only helps the teacher, it helps the students,” she said. “It gives the students a different way of seeing something that maybe they didn’t get before.”
This West Texas Mathematics Consortium represents another partnership between Ector County ISD and our local institutions of higher education. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Crowe said these partnerships are to the benefit of our community. “I think the techniques and tools [teachers] get from this grant can’t do anything but help our kids. We’ve got to grab those kids at that 6th-and-7th grade levels to keep them interested in math.”
An on-line application is being developed and will be released soon.