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January 8, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College earns No Child Left Behind grant to continue support of local middle school teachers to improve math test scores

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—For the second straight year, Birmingham-Southern College has received a major grant in conjunction with the national No Child Left Behind Act to continue a professional development program for local schoolteachers that will strengthen student math test scores.

The $48,000 grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education will provide further support for cooperative work between Birmingham-Southern faculty and middle school math teachers in all local area school systems to provide training for better development of math teaching.

Several tutoring sessions will again be set up throughout the year—including summer workshops—for BSC faculty to provide teacher training in algebra, geometry, and probability/statistics. In addition, technology instruction will again be integrated into the workshop curriculum.

Area businesses also will support and participate in workshops.

The grant proposal “Helping Teachers to Help Students in Mathematics” also was funded last year. A joint effort of the divisions of Education and Math/Science/Computer Science at BSC, the grant is renewable for a third year.

“We've had a lot of enthusiasm from participants who attended the workshops this past summer,” said Mary Jane Turner, who instructs mathematics and secondary education at BSC and is directing the grant program. “It is our goal to increase the number of teachers participating in 2004.”

Four additional members of the BSC math and education faculty will assist Turner with the workshops.

ACHE is a 12-member statewide agency responsible for the overall planning and coordination of higher education in Alabama, the administration of various student aid programs, and the performance of designated regulatory functions.

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