Under a grant from the New Hampshire State Department of Education, Plymouth State University has formed a partnership with 12 school districts, the North Country Educational Services (NCES), and the Southeastern Regional Education Services (SERESC).
The grant helps teachers from Bedford, Epping, Franklin, Laconia, Lincoln-Woodstock, Merrimack Valley, Nashua, Newfound Regional, Salem, Shaker Regional, Timberlane, and Winnisquam school districts become “Highly Qualified Teachers” (HQT) in middle school mathematics education as defined by the state of New Hampshire according to the No Child Left Behind Act.
More than 90 teachers attended three intensive, two-week institutes on campus this summer and received three graduate credits. The sessions featured number systems and number theory, algebra, and geometry and measurement.
PSU Professor of Mathematics Richard Evans explains, “Participants used materials from UCLA and San Diego State University that were developed especially for middle school mathematics teachers.”
This summer Dr. Scott Evans, Harvard School of Public Health, presented the seminar “What Do Biostatisticians Do?” and Dr. Dennis Machnik and Sally Jensen, PSU science department, presented the seminar “Mathematics and Astronomy.” Both the courses and the seminars were paid for by the grant.
This fall, PSU is offering a video-conference course on statistics and probability, with additional sessions in Gorham at NCES and in Bedford at SERESC. Sixty teachers will participate tuition-free under the grant. A second video-conference course on pre-calculus and calculus ideas for middle school teachers is scheduled for next spring.
Teachers interested in participating or registering can download an application from the NH-IMPACT Center Web site at: www.plymouth.edu/graded/nhimpact/. Preference is given to teachers seeking HQT status from the 12 partner districts. Questions should be directed to the NH-IMPACT Center, either to Richard Evans, 535-2487, or Ferd Prevost, 535-2985.