State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 28 school districts will share nearly $18.2 million in California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grants to enhance math and science instruction for disadvantaged students on Thursday.
“These grants will provide educators the support they need to teach California’s rigorous new standards to our most vulnerable students,” said Torlakson in a statement. “By enhancing the teaching and learning of math and science, students will gain the skills they need to prepare for college and 21st century careers in our high-tech economy.”
CaMSP is a federal grant administered by the state, designed to help local school districts partner with other education groups. These groups must be interested in providing professional development for teachers in math and science, but also technology and engineering, collectively known as STEM. In order to qualify for the grant, at least 40 percent of the districts’ students must be low-income.
Of the 28 districts sharing the $18.2 million in funding, 25 of the districts competed for new funding and were selected based on the quality of their plans to improve math and science education. The remaining three districts were awarded continued funding based on the success of their existing programs. In the group or “cohort” 9 winners, their projects offered teachers 60 hours of intensive instruction in how to better teach math and science, and 24 hours of follow-up coaching.
Lincoln Unified School District is the only district in San Joaquin County on the list. The district will receive $600,000. For a list of the other recipients, click here.