University and school district may partner to pilot math program

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast Mathematics program and Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are sponsoring a public talk by representatives from Project Special Elementary Education for the Disadvantaged, or SEED, for those interested in math education.

Project SEED uses the Socratic method of instruction to teacher higher-level mathematics to low-achieving students.

The event happens at 7 p.m. Monday at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. The talk will explore a possible partnership between the Juneau School District and UAS.

Two Project SEED specialists, Helen Smiler and Howard Baker, will provide a weeklong classroom demonstration from Monday to Friday at Dzantik'i Heeni. The lessons will be followed by an opportunity to meet with Project SEED representatives. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Project SEED National Director Hamid Ebrahimi and National Science Foundation liaison Wayne Patterson will be available to meet with UAS and district faculty to discuss the possibilities for a partnership and funding.

More details on Project SEED, including video clips and results of studies conducted on the organization's effectiveness, can be found at

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