"If young people are not successful in algebra in the middle grades, the likelihood they will graduate from high school, go on to college and get good paying jobs decreases dramatically," says Vivian Fueyo, dean of USF's College of Education-St.
and USFSP are so dedicated to this belief that they began measuring teaching methods in 2009, and developed a program, the Sunbay Digital Mathematics Project, that prepares teachers to help students successfully master algebra.
It is the only such program in existence to Fueyo's knowledge, and recently got an added boost from a gift of $125,000 from Progress Energy
, a part of a $185,000 gift to the university that will go to several other projects at the university.
says the Sunbay project is vital to building strong communities for tomorrow.
says the money will be used to support tuition for middle school teachers to participate in a five-course sequence for digitally enhanced middle grades mathematics education.
The first group of teachers to go through the program will complete the sequence in June 2011, and a new group of teachers will begin the program that same month.
says it was the success of the first session that earned Progress Energy's respect and support.
Source: Vivian Fueyo, University of South Florida-St.