Las Cruces, NM – The funding will go to NMSU's Mathematically Connected Communities Leadership Institute for Teachers or MC2 -LIFT.
The program enables New Mexico teachers to improve classroom practices to increase student math learning as well as develop expertise in working with adult colleagues and administrators within a school system. The program also allows participating teachers to earn a K-12 mathematics coach certificate and a Master of Arts in teaching.
MC2 -LIFT developer Doug Kurtz says the first group of Teacher Leaders to participate in the MC2 -LIFT program was selected earlier this year.
Kurtz-"MC2-LIFT involves a cohort of 31 public school math teachers from K-12. We are working with them to improve their understanding of mathematics, their understanding of pedagogy and to develop them as math teacher leaders."
It is a two-year commitment that includes attending a three-week Summer Institute annually, enrolling in four semesters of coursework and implementing the classroom practices in a school setting Teachers are responsible for the payment of course tuition, but they do receive a $10,000 annual stipend for participation.
The program's goal is to provide New Mexico public schools with highly engaged teachers who are continuously improving their mathematics instruction. The grant will help fund summer institutes and support teacher and principal stipends as well as staff salaries.