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WSU Vancouver faculty receive $1.9M National Science Foundation grant

A team of mathematics and science educators at Washington State University Vancouver were recently honored by the National Science Foundation with a $1.9 million research grant.

Tamara Holmlund Nelson, David Slavit and Anne Kennedy received the award from the highly-competitive Teacher Professional Continuum program at NSF to research innovative approaches to improving classroom instruction and student learning.

This award is currently supporting the Partnership for Reform in Secondary Science and Mathematics (PRiSSM) project that provides professional development for more than 200 secondary teachers in six regional districts: Evergreen, Goldendale, Kalama, Klickitat, North Thurston and Washougal.

PRiSSM supports teams of teachers engaged in self-study on their practice.

The NSF funding will allow for comprehensive research into the instructional and student learning outcomes of these teacher self-studies and changes in instructional practice. The research will also investigate the sustainability of PRiSSM for two years beyond its conclusion in August 2007.

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