RSI Grants to Improve Math, Science

Feb 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-3: How to Build a Dream, Tribal College News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 13 new awards totaling some $13 million to improve science, mathematics, and technology education in K-12 schools on tribal reservations in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Washington.

The Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI) grants incorporate standards-based instructional practice and encourage partnerships. This RSI effort is NSF’s response to the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities-an effort to promote access to high quality educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students while developing innovative linkages among the tribal colleges, elementary, and secondary schools.

“Enhancing math and science instruction will help more young Native American men and women find a brighter future in an increasingly technological society,” says Rita Colwell, NSF director. “We believe local, individual projects such as these are the best way to address the needs of specific geographic areas and provide direct support,” adds Costello Brown, interim director for NSF’s Division of Educational System Reform.

Individual award amounts will average $1.2 million each for 10 implementation awards over a five-year period and $100,000 each for four developmental awards over a one year period. The awards began during the 2000-2001 academic year. Recipients are Blackfeet Community College, Montana; Candeska Cikana Community College, North Dakota; Fort Belknap Community College, Montana; Fort Berthold Community College, North Dakota; Fort Peck Community College, Montana; Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College, South Dakota; Turtle Mountain Community College, North Dakota; Little Big Horn College, Montana; Northwest Indian College, Washington; Salish Kootenai College, Montana; United Tribes Technical College, North Dakota; Dull Knife Memorial College, Montana; and the Fremont School District, serving the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

To reform mathematics, science, and technology education, RSI targets rural areas in economically disadvantaged regions of the nation that lack support and resources. Projects aim at sustainable, adaptable, and systemic improvements in schools and colleges. For more information, see:

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