NSU Math Department Chosen for Innovation Grant
The Department of Mathematics at Northeastern State University
has received a $3,000 innovation grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation
to improve the mathematics education of teachers. Members of the grants
planning team are project director Steven C. Wilkinson, Darryl Linde,
and Luke Foster of the Department of Mathematics, Louis White, Assistant
Dean of the College of Education, and Jane Hammontree of Tulsa Community
The grant, announced at the recent National Summit on the
Mathematical Education of Teachers, will allow the planning team to design
and present workshops to establish a partnership between the University
and area two-year colleges and to prepare the faculty from the University
and area two-year colleges to incorporate the ideals and strategies set
forth at the National Summit.
According to last year's Glenn commission report Before
Its Too Late, the most direct route to improving mathematics achievement
for all students is better mathematics teaching. The ExxonMobil Foundation
is offering a total of twelve grants nationwide in support of the belief
that the mathematics community can lead the way in providing good models
for building the kinds of cooperative efforts needed for long-term improvement
of teacher education.
An annual average of 2,400 students transfer to NSU from
two-year colleges for the completion of their college education. During
the redesigning of the lower-division courses at NSU, it became clear
that the University has a critical need and desire to develop a stronger
working relationship with the two-year colleges in the surrounding area.
NSU has traditionally been one of the 20 largest programs
for teacher education in the nation and prepares more teachers for certification
than any other institution of higher education in the state. In addition,
NSU prepares more Native American Indian teachers than any other institution
in the United States. Each year the College of Education and Teacher Education
faculty from across campus work with more than 700 licensed teachers in
their first year of teaching by serving on Residency Year committees.
The State of Oklahoma has been recognized nationally for this program
begun 15 years ago to provide support as individuals make the transition
from student to certified teachers.