Rowan University Receives $2.5 Million for Math, Science Education Reform

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Rowan University has received $2.5 million as part of a $12.3 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Rowan, Rutgers and Kean Universities to reform mathematics and science i

Rowan University has received $2.5 million as part of a $12.3 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Rowan, Rutgers and Kean Universities to reform mathematics and science instruction statewide. The grant is one of only seven nationwide proposals awarded by the NSF.

The five-year grant participants are charged with two goals. The first is to increase achievement and reduce achievement gaps in science and mathematics by helping school districts provide professional development for principals and teachers, such as leadership training and intensive workshops on content and instructional strategies. The second is to increase and sustain the number, quality and diversity of mathematics and science teachers by providing potential teachers with experiences designed to make teaching seem attractive as a career, improving teacher?s knowledge of math and science and supporting new math and science teachers with mentoring programs. As the grant?s southern New Jersey partner, Rowan will work with the Bridgeton, Millville, Toms River and Vineland school districts.

The Mathematics, Computer and Science Instructional Improvement Program (McSiip), which is part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute at Rowan, will administer the grant.

?We are extremely excited to be a part of this initiative to improve the quality of math and science instruction in Southern New Jersey,? said Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rowan University. ?Our Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute has been conducting projects in the area of math and science education for many years and this grant reinforces the wonderful work the Institute has been doing.?

For 19 years, McSiip has served as the umbrella group for mathematics and science education projects under the direction of Janet Caldwell, Mathematics, providing content-based professional development activities for K-12 teachers in the South Jersey area. Caldwell will oversee the Math and Science Partnership in South Jersey.

?We are extremely happy to have this opportunity to collaborate with Bridgeton, Millville, Toms River, and Vineland,? said Caldwell. ?This grant will enable us to build much stronger partnerships with all of these districts so as to raise student achievement and improve teacher preparation.?

Toms River Assistant Superintendent Bill Cardone expressed his district?s enthusiasm for working with Rowan. ?The Toms River Regional School District is truly excited to embark on this quest in a partnership with Rowan University,? he said. ?The Math Science Partnership (MSP) will be a leap forward for our district in supporting standardized based instruction. Through this partnership all students will have greater opportunities to achieve high levels of performance in mathematics and science.?

The grant and subsequent Math and Science Partnership builds on 10 years of success of the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative, a partnership of schools, districts, colleges and universities, science centers and museums, business and industry dedicated to strengthening mathematics, science and technology education for all students in New Jersey.

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