FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College
has received a major grant as part of the national No Child Left
Behind Act to initiate a professional development program for local
schoolteachers that will strengthen student test scores.
The $55,000 grant from the Alabama Commission
on Higher Education will support cooperative work between Birmingham-Southern
faculty and middle-school math teachers in the Jefferson County,
Bessemer, and Fairfield school systems to provide training for better
development of math teaching.
Several workshops will be set up throughout the
year for BSC faculty to provide teacher training in algebra, geometry,
and probability/statistics. Technology instruction also will be
integrated into the workshop curriculum.
Principals from the area will be invited to attend
meetings on the BSC campus to support teachers and help raise academic
standards at their schools. Area businesses, including Mayer Electric
Co. and SouthTrust and Compass banks, also will support and participate
The grant proposal “Helping Teachers to Help Students in Mathematics”
was a joint effort of the divisions of Education and Math/Science/Computer
Science at BSC. The grant is renewable and will support a three-year
“It is the hope of the math and education
faculty here at Birmingham Southern that the lives of middle-school
students in our area will be enriched through the training of mathematics
teachers,” said Mary Jane Turner, who instructs mathematics
and secondary education at BSC and is directing the grant program.
“The goals of this project are to strengthen teachers'
knowledge base in mathematics, provide new teaching strategies and
technology resources to be used in the classroom, and raise test
scores for students in local schools of the Birmingham area.”
Six 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 statewide planning and coordination of higher education
in Alabama, the administration of various student aid programs,
and the performance of designated regulatory functions.