Research demonstrates that teacher quality is correlated with student academic achievement. The following are excerpts from a recent story in the Times Union (Albany, NY) highlighting how schools in the Capital Region and the University of Albany are using No Child Left Behind funds to improve elementary and middle school math and science instruction:
"The [Albany] city school district, along with six other schools in the Capital Region, has won a $3.4 million, three-year federal grant to improve math and science teaching in the elementary and middle school grades. Funded through the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the grant will help train 300 teachers in the region, said Superintendent Eva Joseph, who announced the award during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
"The Albany school district will be the lead agency for the project, which will also include the Schenectady school system and six private schools in Albany. Educators from the University at Albany's math and education departments will help develop the training. It really strengthens the connection with UAlbany, Joseph said.
"The grant will fund education experts to train teachers on the newest and most effective ways of teaching math and science. Summer programs as well as training sessions during the school year will be part of the program, Joseph said.
"Additionally, the grant will fund on-site trainers for the elementary schools to help institute the new teaching methods. Albany was one of 10 districts in New York selected for the grant, added Joseph."
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