Grant Enables Georgia State Professional Learning Partnership

Georgia State University, Clayton County Public Schools and Curriculum Associates are working together to find ways to effectively teach math and improve student achievement.

Georgia State University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is partnering with Clayton County Public Schools and Curriculum Associates to explore strategies for teaching math in the county that benefit both teachers and student outcomes. The new program is supported by a two-year, $1.2 million grant to CEHD from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

CEHD faculty and doctoral students will collaborate with master teachers and coaches to provide supplemental support to Clayton County middle school teachers who are implementing in the county's math curriculum in their classrooms. The goal is to provide teachers with ongoing professional learning opportunities to teach math and improve student outcomes effectively.

The grant team will also develop manuals and teaching modules that other school systems across the country can use to implement the math curriculum used in Clayton County at the middle school level.

"This partnership will collectively help school districts and school-level coaches support teachers who are implementing high-quality math curriculum," said Gwen Benson, principal investigator and CEHD associate dean for faculty development and partnerships. "We want to put middle school students on a path to success in their math classes."

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