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Math professor helps win grant to benefit Vermont teachers

Release Date: 12-18-2008

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Dr. Kenneth L.
GrossThe Vermont Mathematics Partnership (VMP) has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support NSF Teaching Fellows through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Eleven Vermont teachers from high-need schools — schools in which 40 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch rates — will be selected as Noyce Teaching Fellows. They will complete a master's degree at the University of Vermont through the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) beginning in the summer of 2009.

The Vermont Mathematics Initiative is directed by Kenneth Gross, mathematics professor in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). VMI has received national recognition as an outstanding professional development program for elementary- and middle-level teachers.

Each participating teacher will receive full program tuition and fees in all three years of the master's program, along with a stipend of $10,000 per year in years 2 and 3. In return, teachers will agree to teach mathematics in a high-need elementary or middle school in Vermont throughout their participation in program activities. The goal of the program is to build a cadre of teacher leaders in mathematics in high-need Vermont schools.

The Vermont Mathematics Partnership, now in its seventh year, is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. VMP is part of a national effort to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through partnership between K-12 school systems, higher education, state departments of education, and the business community. Kenneth Gross is principal investigator on the VMP grant.

For further information regarding the Vermont Mathematics Partnership Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, contact Douglas Harris, executive director of The Vermont Institutes and VMP project director, at dharrisnga@aol.com.