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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: JANUARY 17, 2002

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT IS PROVIDING RESOURCES TO IMPROVE MATHEMATICE INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, mathematics instruction in public schools will get a boost. The project, known as Teaching Excellence and Mathematics II (TEAM II) is a five-year joint effort of Meredith College and the NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI).

The goal of TEAM II is to create strong teacher-leaders in mathematics by improving mathematics teachers' leadership skills, as well as their mathematics knowledge and teaching skills and methods. In the long term, this strengthened leadership should result in greater student achievement. Over the next five years, the project's two principal investigators will work closely with a group of 66 highly qualified elementary mathematics teachers to build a statewide network of leaders among the ranks of mathematics teachers.

Some of the activities of this group will include in-depth investigation of national and state mathematics standards, the development and use of curriculum materials that support standards-based learning and the process of changing mathematics instruction to be more effective.

State Superintendent Mike Ward praised the project. "We know that the best professional development is long-term and sustained. This project provides that level of support to these teachers so that they have time to develop and grow professionally."

(News Media Note: The teachers will participate in their next training over the weekend of Jan. 18-Jan. 21. Sessions each day in the Education Building, Room 150. Times are as follows: Jan. 18, 1-5 p.m.; Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Reporters are welcome to drop in and observe the training and talk to participants at breaks. A list of participants is attached.)

Jeane Joyner, educational research and evaluation consultant with the NC Department of Public Instruction, is one of the principal investigators for the grant project. The other is Gwendolyn Clay, mathematics professor, Meredith College.

"One of our major goals with this project is to broaden the horizons of some of North Carolina's most qualified mathematics teachers," Joyner said. "Participants will have opportunities to study with leading mathematics researchers and authors, to examine the latest print and hands-on mathematics instructional resources and to build relationships with individuals and companies supporting education in North Carolina. Throughout the entire project, and especially in the final three years, these teachers will begin to assume a variety of prominent leadership roles."

For example, participants in the project are anticipated to become local and state workshop leaders, leaders of curriculum and textbook committees and to serve in other important ways.

TEAM II is a follow up to a 1989 NSF project called TEAM. The original TEAM involved 50 teachers statewide and had similar goals to TEAM II. In fact, many of the teachers involved in the original project are involved in TEAM II as leaders. They have helped craft the proposal and are working with support activities for the current participants.

TEAM II program participants, along with their principals, central office supervisors and superintendents, have pledged their efforts to the five-year project and have demonstrated an extensive commitment to the project's goals and to meeting its lengthy schedule of professional development and activities. The schedule includes summer residential programs, mid-year weekend retreats and attendance at conferences and other events.

For more information, please contact Jeane Joyner, NC DPI, 919.807.3809; jjoyner@dpi.state.nc.us, or Gwen Clay, Meredith College, 919.760.8340, clayg@meredith.edu.


Team II Participants

COUNTY PARTICIPANTS
Buncombe County Peggy Genova, Zada Taylor, Deborah Ross and Jill Lightner
Henderson County Helen Byrd, Susan Riddle, Donna Godley and Kelly Schofield
Burke County Mary Gibson and Linda Costner
Shelby City Henry Boyd and Shana Runge
Caldwell County Susan Haas and Kimberly Tyson
Catawba County Debra Harwell-Braun and Shelli VanWaes
Surry County Cara Gordon
Stokes County Rocky Musten and Amy Musten
Forsyth County Lisa Hastings, Robert Vorbroker, Augustus Reid, and Cynthia Dillingham
Richmond County Joanne Taylor and Michelle Austin
Randolph County Ana Floyd and Karen VanHook
Asheboro City Angela Flowers
Guilford County Karen Ellis and Michelle Meley
Moore County Tracy Sawyer and Donna Thomas
Alamance County Julie Drigot and Nikki Hall
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Laura Clemmons, Katie Stein, Penny Shockley, and Amy Smith
Cumberland County Patricia Holloway, Kay Pridgen, Terry Hubbard, Stephanie Cahoon, Kayonna Pitchford, and Jane McCosh
Wake County Lynne Allen, Jessica Rowe Harris, Carolann Wade and Kitty Rutherford
Sampson County Lori Bass
Wayne County Amy Janning and Tracy McKeel
Pender County Marie Radcliff and Linda Eakins
Pitt County Alice Brown and Debra Barrington
Onslow County Sara Cribb and Gail Cotton
Jones County Wanda Lewis and Tammy Wicks
Craven County Gina Thornton
Martin County Kimberly Wagner and JoAnn Ingalls Fitchett
Dare County Linda Colanero and Allison Rollinson

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.