Improving Mathematics Achievement
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 School District, 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 benefited from the following grants:
- Math in the Middle - $5.9 million (2004-2011)
- NebraskaMATH - $9.2 million (2009-2014)
- NebraskaNOYCE - $3 million (2010-2016)
Key grant-funded programs include Math in the Middle; 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.
Principal Investigators for the NebraskaMATH grant were UNL's Jim Lewis, Ruth Heaton, Tom McGowan, Carolyn Edwards, Walt Stroup and Ira Papick, as well as Jadi Miller of Lincoln Public Schools (former PI from LPS was Barb Jacobson, now retired).
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Primarily Math: Success Stories
The publication "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 on the Primarily Math web page.
NebraskaMATH Final Report 2015
Over the past six years, the $9.3 million NSF-funded NebraskaMATH grant has impacted more than 700 teacher leaders across the state. The "NebraskaMATH Final Report,” published in 2015, showcases the scope of the grant’s three core programs, Primarily Math, New Teacher Network and Nebraska Algebra, as well as the programs that grew from them. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NebraskaMATH thanks not only the NSF for its support, but also the many teachers who have taken our courses and have gone back into their classrooms dedicated to the young people of Nebraska. It’s been an inspiration to collaborate with all of you. Download a copy of the final report by clicking on the image of the report.