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Math in the Middle Institute Partnership

Empowering Middle-Level Mathematics Teachers

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions
(and Answers)

Updated 06-25-2007

 

Question: What is the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?
Question: What is the goal of the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?
Question: What is the vision of the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?
Question: Who are the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership partners?
Question: What is the Math in the Middle Institute?
Question: May I still participate in Math in the Middle?

Question: What is the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?

Answer: Math in the Middle was a five-year, $5 million grant awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by the National Science Foundation as part of their Math Science Partnership program. NSF funding, which began August 1, 2004, enabled us to develop a K-12/higher education partnership with the Lincoln Public Schools and rural ESUs. In 2008 and 2009, we received supplements to the original grant totalling $900,000, and allowing us to extend our partnership to the Omaha Public Schools. The partnership focused on middle school mathematics education.

Question: What is the goal of the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?

Answer: Our long-term goal was to improve student achievement in mathematics and to significantly reduce achievement gaps in the mathematical performance of diverse student populations.

Question: What is the vision of the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership?

Answer: Our vision was to create a University/Educational Service Units (ESU)/ Local School District partnership with the capacity to educate and support teams of outstanding middle level (grades 5 - 8) mathematics teachers to become intellectual leaders in their schools, districts and ESUs. These intellectual leaders are central to ensuring that middle level students in Nebraska and surrounding states have access to and achieve success in challenging mathematics courses. We believe that investing in high-quality teachers is the single most important step we can take if we want to achieve our long-term goal.

Question: Who are the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership partners?

Answer: The partners are those K-12 and collegiate educational institutions that have made a commitment to work together and to make the institutional changes necessary to implement the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership vision. The current partners are: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, and Educational Service Units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 and the school districts they serve.

Question: What is the Math in the Middle Institute?

Answer: The Institute was a 25-month graduate program for middle school mathematics teachers. By investing in the graduate education of outstanding teachers of mathematics, we hoped to create a community of master teachers who become strong leaders as their school, district and ESU strives to strengthen the mathematics education of middle level students.

Question: May I still participate in Math in the Middle?

Answer: The grant funds allowed for the selection of six cohorts of teachers. All six of those cohorts have completed their participation in Math in the Middle. However, because we received an overwhelming number of applications, we realized the need for continuing professional development courses. In response to that need we have developed Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes, an initiative to assist teachers in strengthening their mathematical, scientific and computer knowledge for teaching. For more information, please visit the Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes page.