Group offers grants for those interested in teaching math

A small professional development group is offering grants to teachers in Southeast Alaska to get their math teaching endorsements. Dr. Virgil Fredenberg, faculty for the Southeast Alaska Small Schools Math Network and an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Alaska Southeast, said that the grants are intended to help teachers be better at teaching math.

The classes that are being offered through the network have been developed with the State of Alaska’s new core standards for math in mind.

“If the teacher’s knowledge is increased, then their students will do better,” Fredenburg said.

Fredenburg said many schools across the state struggle with math and science education.

“We always want to improve our scores,” Fredenburg said. “Although some of our districts are doing very well in Southeast, they’re also struggling.”

The network is also offering a class that teaches math from a scientific perspective.

Teachers who are accepted for the grant can use credits earned form the classes toward a Masters degree in math education from UAS.

Fredenburg said interested teachers should apply sooner rather than later; there are a few openings left for the spring semester.

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