ND colleges to improve K-12 math and science

May 13th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-4: Honoring Student Success, Science & Technology, Tribal College News
By Doug Anderson

Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND), Valley City State University (VCSU), and a group of five K-12 schools have formed a partnership to improve math and science proficiency at Native American K-12 schools in North Dakota.

The partnership has been funded by a $360,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

SBC and VCSU will deliver a 10-day professional development institute during the summer of 2011 to equip up to 40 K-12 teachers at Native American schools with the latest research and trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

A series of one-day, follow-up workshops will increase the depth of understanding, expand instructional options, and help these teachers implement curriculum from the summer institute.

Eight SBC faculty members from math, science, and elementary education will be involved, as will up to eight VCSU faculty members from the STEM Education and Elementary Education Departments.

Other participants will include those from the Great Plains STEM Education Center, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, the North Dakota State University Electron Microscopy Lab, the North Dakota State College of Science Nanoscience Program, and private corporations with expertise in GIS and GPS systems and instruction.

For more information, contact VCSU’s Doug Anderson at (701) 845-7227 or visit www.vcsu.edu.

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