Math educators receive Improving Teacher Quality grants

Teacher Quality Grants
Professor of Mathematics Education Wendy Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Brian Lawler, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Belinda Edwards


Funding aimed at helping Cobb County high school math teachers

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 23, 2017) — A trio of Kennesaw State University professors are recipients of Improving Teacher Quality grants to fund summer workshops for Cobb County high school math teachers. The goal of the program is to provide training and ongoing support for teachers at some of the county’s highest need schools.

Recipients of the grants include Kennesaw State Professor of Mathematics Education Wendy Sanchez, Associate Professor of Mathematics Belinda Edwards and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Brian Lawler. Sanchez and Edwards work in the College of Science and Mathematics, while Lawler is in the Bagwell College of Education.

“Wendy Sanchez, Belinda Edwards and Brian Lawler’s grant proposals were successful because they demonstrated a sound approach to helping high school math teachers in the classroom,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “The long-term impact of their efforts this summer will pay big dividends as students return to schoolrooms in the fall.”

One part of the curriculum involves open-source technology available for teaching mathematics, while the other involves the fourth-year math course offerings at the high school level.

“Belinda, Brian and I submitted two Teacher Quality grants this year, and both were funded,” said Sanchez. “The grants will fund a summer course for high school teachers this summer, as well as ongoing support for them next year in implementing everything they learned at KSU.”

The Kennesaw State grants were included among the 29 of 58 proposals approved for funding from faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state in a highly competitive application and selection process administered by the University of Georgia’s Georgia Teacher Quality Program.


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