Research demonstrates that teacher quality is correlated with student academic achievement. The following are excerpts from a recent story in The Herald-Sun highlighting how the University of North Carolina’s School of Education and Durham Public Schools are using funds provided through No Child Left Behind to help middle school math and science teachers become highly qualified:
"The state Board of Education has approved a $1.6 million, three-year grant to fund a new partnership between Durham Public Schools and UNC's School of Education, according to a school system press release. The project, titled, ‘The Middle Grades Math and Science Partnership for Durham Public Schools,’ aims to ensure that Durham's middle school mathematics and science teachers will be considered ‘highly qualified’ as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
"The funds are part of a program of the U.S. Department of Education, which supports partnerships between school systems and institutions of higher education to improve teacher quality, according to the release. As part of the project, the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, part of the UNC School of Education, will offer two 12-semester-hour programs, including four 3-hour courses in mathematics and three 4-hour courses in science. Teachers from the Durham Public Schools will take these courses to prove competency in their subjects as specified in the federal requirements, according to the release.
"Of the $1.6 million provided, the center will receive a total of $308,168 over the three years of the project, according to the release. The partnership's math courses will be adapted from those developed by the center's ongoing N.C. Middle Mathematics Project. Faculty from nine UNC campuses worked together on that project to develop new courses for middle school teachers in algebra, geometry and data analysis. A fourth course in functions will be developed for the new project. For science, UNC faculty will work with teachers to create new courses in life science, physical science and earth science."
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