A $514,707 grant extension has been awarded to Tarleton State University from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to provide professional development for Cross Timbers Region mathematics teachers in grades 4-12.

Part of the THECB’s Teacher Quality Grants Program, a portion initially was awarded to Tarleton in 2016, but the grant has been expanded to include secondary mathematics teachers and those seeking graduate-level mathematics courses in order to teach dual credit classes.

Participating educators will receive books, materials and technology for use in their classrooms, more than 100 hours of continuing professional education credit and a $1,000 stipend for full attendance.

Secondary participants seeking graduate-level mathematics credit in order to meet requirements for teaching dual credit will receive tuition reimbursement for specified mathematics courses, including Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and two courses in Spring 2018.Participants who are teaching dual credit courses will receive professional development hours and will be part of a panel to examine the transition from high school to college.

The professional development workshop will be held Monday through Thursday, June 12-29, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room 113 of Tarleton’s Mathematics Building. To provide further support to participants, the professional development will continue throughout the academic year, meeting one Saturday each month, from August 2017 through February 2018.

To apply for the LEAPing Across the Gaps Middle School and Dual Credit Cohort program at Tarleton, visit bit.ly/LEAP-math-2017.

The THECB funded 18 projects statewide, according to Professor of Mathematics Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, and Tarleton is one of four selected to expand the professional development program to include a dual credit component. The professional development will be led by Faulkenberry, Dr. Lesley Leach, Dr. Beth Riggs, Dr. Pam Littleton, Dr. Kathy Smith, Ms. RoseAnn Jackson and Ms. Janice Groseclose.

The grant supports LEAPing Across the Gaps—Learning Experiences for Algebraic Proficiency, which addresses professional development needs identified by Tarleton in conjunction with Stephenville and Dublin Independent School Districts—to better prepare middle school and secondary mathematics teachers to teach content that directly impacts student success in algebra.