Math/Science collaboration effort underway

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From last week’s Business Journal:

Guilford County Schools and each of the colleges and universities in the county are working together to create a new joint educational research center, to be dubbed the “Institute for the Advancement of Learning in Mathematics and Science.”

Planning is taking place under a $75,000 grant from the Bryan, Cemala and Weaver foundations to UNC-Greensboro. Long-range funding requirements for the institute could be $2 million in private money over five years, plus potential federal and state money, organizers said.

The institute as envisioned would work to improve math and science education through four divisions, according to Ed Uprichard, the former provost and dean of the school of education at UNCG who is leading the organizational effort. One division would conduct research into student learning of math and science and another would study the best methods of evaluating that learning, be it through testing or other means. Other divisions will focus on professional development for educators and policy development at the state, local and national levels.

The U.S. lags other industrialized countries in math and science education, Uprichard said. That has been true for years, but the impact is catching up with us faster as globalization increases, he added.

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