Building Expertise in Teaching Math & Science

November 29th, 2000 by Adam

November 29, 2000

Marcia Santore

The NH-IMPACT Center at Plymouth State will present two workshops next week to help New Hampshire teachers enhance their math and science curricula.

High-school math teachers will attend “Project STREAM at PSC” on Tuesday, December 5. STREAM (Secondary Training and Reform Effort using Alternative Materials) examines five standards-based math and science curricula for secondary students. Participants review the individual programs and see the curricula in action in classrooms on videotape. Participants will return during summer 2001 for a week-long in-depth session on one of the five programs.

The second day of “Using Data: Getting Results” will be held at the Mountain Club in Lincoln on Friday, December 8. Featured speaker Dr. Nancy Love of the Eisenhower Regional Alliance at TERC in Cambridge, Mass., has studied data use in schools around the country. Eighty-five teachers and school administrators from around the state will learn how to evaluate all the raw data available to them on math and science curricula and turn it into information they can use to help their students. This popular seminar was also offered early in the semester and is being repeated by request.

Founded in April 1999, the NH-IMPACT Center at PSC is one of only seven such centers in New England. Their purpose is to help school districts throughout the state review, select and implement new math and science curricula that meet national standards recommended by the NSF. The NH-IMPACT Center puts on seminars and workshops for groups of teachers and administrators, and also sends advisors and trainers into the schools to help show teachers how to implement the programs in a way that meets their needs. Several school districts have become members of the center, receiving discounts on services, reduced fees for conference attendance and advance mailings on center activities, although participation is not limited to school members.

“Response to the center has been phenomenal,” notes Dr. Fernand Provost, implementation advisor for the center. “We’ve moved into a space where there was a vacuum.”
Dick Evans, professor of mathematics, is the director of the NH-IMPACT Center. Evans was instrumental in securing the grant from the Center for the Enhancement of Science at Math Education at Northeastern University (part of a larger grant from the NSF to improve math and science education) which funds the center. When the grant ends in April 2004, they plan for the NH-IMPACT Center to be self-supporting.