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UT Tyler Awarded Grant to Enhance Mathematics Teaching

October 10, 2007

Smith, Lamb and Sherman

Dr. John Lamb, UT Tyler assistant professor of education (middle) serves as primary investigator for a $169,000 grant, which is a part of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and will help create the university's Teachers of Mathematics Collaborative Program. Dr. Nathan Smith, UT Tyler associate professor of mathematics, and Cindy Sherman, UT Tyler senior lecturer in education, are both co-primary investigators.

As a way to enhance the quality of mathematics teaching in area regions, The University of Texas at Tyler has been awarded a grant to help create the Teachers of Mathematics Collaborative Program, Dr. Rick Osburn, UT Tyler provost and vice president of academic affairs, announced.


The $169,000 grant was given as part of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. UT Tyler was only one of two universities receiving a grant this year and one of 20 recipients overall. The university will work closely with area independent school districts, including Tyler Independent School District, Palestine Independent School District, as well as area private non-profit schools, to create opportunities for teachers throughout Regions V, VI, VII and VIII in the state.


Dr. John Lamb, UT Tyler assistant professor of education serves as primary investigator. Dr. Nathan Smith, UT Tyler associate professor of mathematics, and Cindy Sherman, UT Tyler senior lecturer in education, are both co-primary investigators.


Area K – 12 grade mathematics teachers will undergo research-driven professional development in effective mathematics teaching strategies and investigations into state standards.


“All of our participants will engage in innovative ways mathematics’ curricula can be implemented and utilize these strategies in their classrooms throughout the school year,” said Lamb, who also serves as program director.


“We are at the forefront for institutes of higher education to be involved in these worthwhile collaborations. I believe that instruction and student achievement will be improved through the support of our grant’s instructional team members, the encouragement from our partnering school district administrators and the willingness of our participating teachers of mathematics to implement these strategies,” he added.                               


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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