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NebraskaMATH: A partnership to improve mathematics achievement

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This spring, the UNL Department of Mathematics will offer Math 805T: Discrete Mathematics for Teachers online, taught by Dr. Annika Denkert of UNL. The semester begins January 13, 2014. The Class Number in MyRED for Math 805T, section 700, is 24135. The main goal of the course is to deepen knowledge of discrete mathematics as it relates to topics covered in middle through high school curricula. Course topics (such as graph theory and counting techniques) are introduced through "hands-on" explorations through which various problem-solving strategies are emphasized. Email us at for help with registration.


Thanks to the generous support of The Sherwood Foundation® and the Lozier Foundation, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Omaha Public Schools are pleased to announce the formation of the NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy, a community of OPS mathematics teachers (grades K-12) dedicated to strengthening mathematics teaching and learning in Omaha Public Schools classrooms.

Read more about the NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy.

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Our Mission

NebraskaMATH is a statewide partnership that works to educate and support Nebraska's K-12 students and teachers at critical junctures, with an overall goal of improving achievement in mathematics for all students and narrowing achievement gaps of at-risk populations. Administrative support for the partnership is provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.

Core partners include UNL, Grand Island Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Papillion-La Vista Public Schools, and Nebraska's Educational Service Units. The partnership has grown to include teachers and administrators from many other Nebraska school districts as well as mathematics and mathematics education faculty from many Nebraska colleges and universities.

The NebraskaMATH partnership is grateful for the support of the National Science Foundation. Since 2004, our work has benefitted from the following grants:

  • Math in the Middle - $5.9 million (2004-2011)
  • NebraskaMATH - $9.2 million (2009-2013)
  • NebraskaNOYCE - $3 million (2010-2016)

Key grant-funded programs include Math in the Middle (now completed); Primarily Math, an initiative for K-3 teachers; Nebraska Algebra, an initiative for Algebra I teachers; and New Teacher Network, an initiative for new secondary teachers of mathematics. In addition, NebraskaMATH promotes the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes, which uses local funds to continue offering professional development opportunities for teachers beyond the level that is possible using grant funds.

Primarily Math Classroom Photos


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Midwest Regional Noyce Connections 2014 closes Sep 5, 2014

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Program Details

Primarily Math is an initiative to strengthen mathematics education in the early grades. We have created a K-3 Mathematics Specialist graduate program at UNL and educate outstanding teachers so that they have the mathematical and pedagogical knowledge needed to improve mathematics achievement for all students. This part of the grant also includes a major research project designed to inform the nation as to the most effective (and financially efficient) approach to strengthening K-3 mathematics education.

New Teacher Network is a program for newly certified secondary mathematics teachers (no more than 3 years into a teaching career in secondary mathematics at the time they apply to the program) who want to participate in a mentoring and graduate education program focused on supporting outstanding new mathematics teachers who want a quick start on the journey to becoming an outstanding master teacher.

Now in its final year, Nebraska Algebra has worked with Algebra I teachers on content and pedagogical coursework and supported them as they work to ensure that all students succeed in this important gateway course.

The Robert Noyce NSF Master Teaching Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, part of a grant awarded to UNL in 2010, supports 24 outstanding master teachers in high-need Nebraska schools. Master Teaching Fellows receive a $10,000 salary supplement for participating in a 24-credit-hour program and a fellowship to cover the cost of tuition and fees at UNL, and coursework emphasizing developing leadership skills, teaching diverse learners in high-need schools and motivation of students in the classroom.

The Robert Noyce NSF Teaching Fellowship from the NSF supports talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and professionals to become secondary mathematics teachers in high-need Nebraska schools. In 2011, UNL's Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education officially launched its Master of Arts with an emphasis in mathematics teaching (MAmt) program. Students in this 14-month graduate program earn a Master of Arts and certification to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. The program offers outstanding preparation to teach, including an academic year internship in an area school and a collegial community of learners focused on becoming a superb mathematics teacher.

Developing a Coherent Picture of Mathematics Teaching and Learning is a 3-year, $1.2 million Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of this RETA study is to develop statistical models to create a coherent picture of mathematics teaching and learning. Data Connections works closely with two other NSF-funded Math Science Partnership programs: Math in the Middle Institute Partnership and NebraskaMATH. Utilizing data already collected through these MSP programs, the three-year study builds on newly developed models to help these and other MSP programs and their evaluators evaluate and interpret student and teacher data in statistically productive and meaningful ways.

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. With the focus of developing strong intellectual leaders, Math in the Middle partnered with UNL, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, ESUs and rural school districts.

Primarily Math Magazine 2013

"Primarily Math: Success Stories" tells the story of Primarily Math, a teaching, research and development program for K-3 teachers. Over the past four years, 227 outstanding Nebraska elementary teachers have participated in this program. Upon completion of the 18-hour graduate program, participants earn a K-3 Math Specialist Certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NebraskaMATH is immensely proud of the teachers in Primarily Math. They are a wonderful resource for improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in the primary grades. Enjoy this magazine’s stories and classroom photos, more of which can be seen in the slideshow on this webpage.

Download a copy of "Primarily Math: Success Stories" here.

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Teachers who participate in a NebraskaMATH program will be taking graduate courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the number of hours varying by the program. Because teachers in NebraskaMATH (during the period it is supported by NSF funds) will be able to take NebraskaMATH courses tuition-free, this is an excellent opportunity to make progress toward earning a master's degree. For an overview of beginning the process of applying for a graduate degree, please visit the Master's Degree Possibilities page.

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Principal Investigators for the NebraskaMATH grant are UNL's Jim Lewis, Ruth Heaton, Tom McGowan, Carolyn Edwards, Walt Stroup and Ira Papick, Department of Mathematics (retired), as well as Barb Jacobson of Lincoln Public Schools.

The Principal Investigators for the NebraskaNOYCE grant are UNL's Lewis, Papick, David Fowler (retired), Wendy Smith, Stephen Swidler, and Doug Kauffman.