The University of Illinois at Chicago announced that it has received a $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create and implement a professional development program for math teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Last week, the University announced that Math teachers at four south suburban school districts, including Oak Lawn schools, are expected to benefit from a five-year research project being conducted by the university and funded by the grant.
The National Science Foundation provided the grant to UIC officials to create and implement a professional development program for math teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The university has partnered with local districts including the Ridgeland School District 122 in Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123, Alsip, Hazelgreen and Oak Lawn District 126 and Chicago Ridge District 127½.
The university will be Creating the Elementary Mathematics Leadership model, which will involve collaboration among university researchers as well as local school and district personnel, according to the university.
The collaboration is scheduled over a five year timeline and is intended for K-8 math teachers in the four school districts. School district personnel have already been meeting with university officials and will soon be collecting data from the teachers involved in the mathematics programs.
The program hopes to improve educators’ understanding of effective math teaching and learning for teachers and school administrators. The obvious goal is to improve student learning as teachers realize the most effective teaching methods under Common Core.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
With an annual budget of $8.1 billion (FY 2019), NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.