Challenging. Rigorous. Intense. An opportunity not to be missed. These are some of the comments we heard from our Math in the Middle participants.
Funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and two supplements totalling an additional $900,000 across two more years, the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership educated and supported teams of outstanding middle-level (grades 5-8) mathematics teachers to become leaders in their schools, districts and Educational Service Units.
Through their experience in Math in the Middle, teachers:
- built strong mathematics content knowledge
- studied and practiced the art of pedagogy
- developed the ability to conduct action research about their teaching practices
- cultivated leadership skills
- applied this knowledge and skill in their classrooms, schools and districts
With the focus of developing strong intellectual leaders, the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership (also referred to as M2 or M Squared) has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, ESUs and rural school districts.
Math in the Middle Final Report — 2004-11
As the $5.9 million Math in the Middle Institute Partnership came to a close in 2011, the grant and its success has had an enormous impact, greatly benefitting K-12 mathematics education in Nebraska’s schools.
"Making an Impact: Final Report 2004-11" looks back at the scope of the partnership and the outcomes of its teaching methods and research.
Download a copy of this magazine here. To receive a hard copy, contact the Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education at (402) 472-8965.
OPS teachers featured in magazine
To honor the achievements of the two cohorts of Omaha Public Schools teachers in Math in the Middle, the Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education has released a magazine highlighting these 32 teachers and their progress in the program. Eighteen teachers graduated in August 2010 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's summer commencement, while 13 others graduated in August 2011.
In 2008, Math in the Middle partnered with OPS to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation for funding the pursuit of master's degrees for middle level teachers who teach in districts that serve a large number of students who live in poverty. The partnership has been a rousing success. As follows is an excerpt from the magazine by Jim Lewis: "We are quite proud of the Omaha Public School mathematics teachers who are part of Math in the Middle. The district is fortunate to have such a dedicated and capable group of teachers."
An electronic copy of this magazine is available here. To receive a hard copy of the magazine, contact the Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education at (402) 472-8965.