FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2004
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
The $48,000 grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education
will provide further support for cooperative work between Birmingham-Southern
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
student aid programs, and the performance of designated regulatory functions.