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For immediate release
March 5, 2004

Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants Awarded

1,000 teachers expected to take advantage of program

(Springfield, Ill.) – State Schools Superintendent Robert Schiller Friday released the first round of grants for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships (IMSP) program, targeted to benefit nearly 1,000 teachers in 130 high-need school districts.

The discretionary grants offer additional training to teachers to enhance their content knowledge and skills in both math and science. The initial recipients reflect partnerships between regional offices of education, public school districts, universities and national science laboratories. The learned teaching methods are intended to drive student achievement in those two core areas.

“The Illinois Math and Science Partnership program opens doors for teachers by joining them with experts in mathematics, science and engineering,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert Schiller. “By sharing talents, resources and facilities teachers will be better equipped to improve student achievement in mathematics and science in areas of our state with the greatest need.”

The competitive grants will require participants to attend two-week institutes this summer and four follow-up sessions during the 2004-2005 school year. Participating teachers will become part of a statewide research team that will test their newly acquired skills in their classrooms. Teachers will also be asked to evaluate their new teaching methods and report their successes and/or suggestions for refinement.

The grants are federally funded through Title II, Part B of the No Child Left Behind act.

Illinois’ appropriation for 2004 is slightly more than $3,200,000 with approximately $5,200,000 anticipated for the next cycle of grants. The release for the new Request for Proposals is tentatively scheduled for early August.

The first cycle of the program culminates in the April 2005 with special recognition at the State Capitol, during which each participant displays the diversity of their partnership portfolios.

The ten coordinating offices and their partnerships are:

  • Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education which is committing to middle school math and science assistance with 24 districts and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University, and the six Regional Offices of Education (ROE) serving schools in the east-central region of the state.
  • Chicago Public Schools, with partnerships that include Loyola University, University of Illinois, Chicago, DePaul University and University of Chicago to provide access to academic coursework directed toward mathematics and science endorsement programs for approximately 250 teachers;
  • DuPage Regional Office of Education with partnerships that include Argonne National Laboratories and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 100 teachers in five high-needs districts and Benedictine University, along with the regional offices of DuPage, Kane, Will, Grundy-Kendall and Lake counties in the northeastern region of the state.
  • Hamilton-Jefferson Regional Office of Education in partnership with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Northwestern University and six ROEs in the southeastern region of the state,
  • Lee-Ogle Regional Office of Education in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, Franklin Creek Natural Area, Atwood Outdoor Education Center and the ten Regional Offices serving the north western region of the state, along with approximately 100 teachers from 10 districts, Northern Illinois University and Western Illinois University
  • Lockport Consortium of Schools which will work with sixteen K-9 teacher-leaders its high school district and seven elementary feeder districts, Illinois State University and Texas Instruments.
  • Madison Regional Office of Education in partnership with the seven ROEs of southwestern Illinois, approximately 100 6th-10th grade teachers in 47 districts/schools, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville as they apply mathematical problem solving with technologies in the context of scientific settings.
  • North Cook Intermediate Service Center for partnership with 58 teachers from the Maine Township High School District and its feeder schools in Community Consolidated District #62, Oakton Community College, National Louis University and the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce.
  • Peoria Regional Office of Education in partnership with 10 ROEs who will be focusing mathematics and science teaching and learning services for up to 150 teachers for grades 4-12 in 17 districts, with partners from Western Illinois University, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Quincy University, and the Education for Employment System network (LaMoine Valley, Peoria, and Sangamon) in the region.
  • West Cook Intermediate Service Center which has committed to a focus on scientific inquiry leading to mathematical problem-solving with Illinois Institute of Technology, Brookfield Zoo, 50 teachers in 15 districts and the South Cook Intermediate Service Center.

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