Teacher Quality Grants at TAMIU Help with TEKS
Faculty at Texas A&M International University will insure area teachers
have a deep understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
(TEKS), and are able to pass that knowledge on to their students, thanks
to the assistance of recently awarded Teacher Quality Grants.
Dr. E. Bing Lin, TAMIU professor and chair of the College of Arts and
Sciences' Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, explained
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), in collaboration
with the Texas Education Agency, selected two TAMIU proposals for grant
money totaling more than $150,000.
"One project will focus on middle school mathematics, part two
and the other will focus on high school geometry. The grant money is designated
under the federal No Child Left Behind Act and will provide professional
development to area teachers of grades sixth through 12th," said
He explained six school districts, including United Independent School
District, Laredo ISD, Zapata County ISD, Jim Hogg County ISD, Webb Consolidated
ISD and Cotulla ISD, will participate with teachers applying to attend
special classes at TAMIU beginning this summer.
"The deadline for both Summer modules is May 10, and information
can be found online at www.tamiu.edu/coas/depts/pdmt
for the geometry section and www.tamiu.edu/coas/depts/pmdmt
for the middle school mathematics section. Each is a highly researched,
state of the art module, one developed by Rice University, and the other
by the University of Houston," explained Lin.
The project will involve many members of the TAMIU faculty, with Dr.
Lin as the project director. Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, assistant professor;
Dr. Firooz Khosraviyani, associate professor; and Dianne Marquart, instructor;
all of the Department of Mathematical and Physical Science and Dr. Juan
Lira, Regents professor and chair of the College of Education Department
of Curriculum and Instruction, are the project principals, Lin said. Dr.
Fernando Quintana, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology and Chemistry is the principal evaluator.
Dr. Lin said he was thrilled with the grant awards, noting this is the
first time TAMIU has hosted professional development for teachers funded
by the THECB.
He attributed the grant proposals' success to the excellence of the
University's faculty and administration.
"We are fortunate to have such educational activity which is very
beneficial to our community," Lin said, "We hope we will be
able to run the programs successfully so that we can continue to enhance
sixth through twelfth grade education in the community and get funding
in the future."
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