CESTEM helps organize the Science FairCESTEM Gets the Grants!

The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), is pleased to announce that two Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant proposals, submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, were approved for funding by the State Board of Education on June 7, 2012.

CESTEM will partner with Brunswick County for three years (2012-2015) on the $280,000 grant titled, Math Achievement Common Core (MACC). The grant has already been funded for the first year of implementation for $85,854. The MACC grant award will focus on authentic inquiry-based professional development in mathematics education benefiting teachers in grades 8-12. The ultimate goals are the following: 1) to increase teacher content knowledge; 2)to raise student achievement; 3) to improve classroom instruction; and 4) to develop a sustainable partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). The planned professional development is described to be "varied, innovative and comprehensive."

CESTEM will collaborate with Onslow County for three years (2012-2015) on the approved $873,924 grant titled, Project Based Mathematics (PBM). The grant has already been funded for the first year of implementation for $300,429. The PBM grant will serve participating teachers of mathematics and science in grades 3 - 8. Onslow County Schools will recruit and provide professional development to approximately 125 elementary and middle grades mathematics and science teachers. Teachers will be engaged in a variety of activities and learning experiences that will be designed to stretch content knowledge and enhance pedagogy skills. PBM will connect teachers to community organizations, IHE partners, statewide mathematics leadership, and one another with tangible resources that will enhance their learning and ultimately their students' achievement. The grant is described to "have wonderful professional development opportunities for the math and science teachers in the district."

CESTEM Director Dennis Kubasko states, "We are excited by the opportunity to work with our two regional partners in both Brunswick County and Onslow County as we collectively begin to implement each project's plan over the next three years. This funding continues the amazing working relationships already established with each county over the past ten years, and these funding opportunities are prime examples of the positive impacts the collective partners have on the professional development for teachers in Science and Mathematics. In reality, the K-12 students in each county are the big winners as they will benefit from improved instructional pedagogy."