Montclair State Receives $6.8 Million in Grants to Improve Science and Math Ed in NJ Schools

Montclair State University Receives $6.8 Million in Grants to Lead Cutting-edge Collaborations to Improve Science and Math Education in New Jersey Schools

The Prudential Foundation, National Science Foundation and New Jersey Department of Education to Provide Funding

Montclair State University ( www.montclair.edu ), nationally recognized for its teacher preparation programs, today announced the receipt of $6.8 million in grants to improve the teaching of math and science in New Jersey schools.

The three grants, coming from the private sector, a federal agency and the state will underwrite three initiatives: a math and science teacher recruitment/education program in Newark, a math and teaching fellowship program involving five northern New Jersey districts, and a program providing on-site professional development for math and science teachers in 26 school districts.

"One of the vital issues facing our state and our nation is how to improve the teaching of mathematics and science," said New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy. "These grants will enable Montclair State to share its expertise in science and math education with local districts to improve children's math and science skills." Together, the grants will enable Montclair State to work with 30 school districts, impacting 257 teachers and touching more than 10,000 students. The three grants announced by the University are:

* A $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to promote math and science education by having the University's math and science graduate students serve as teaching fellows in five Northern New Jersey school districts;
* A $1.6 million grant from The Prudential Foundation to recruit, educate and mentor 45 new math and science teachers to work in the Newark public schools; and
* A $2.4 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Education to have Montclair State faculty work with third- and fourth-grade math and science teachers in 26 school districts.

"Montclair State's educational mission has always extended beyond the campus gates," said University President Susan A. Cole. "The University is a resource for all New Jersey, partnering and collaborating at the local and state level to confront issues and create change. We're honored to be leading these cutting-edge collaborations and believe the lessons learned will have profound benefits for schools and teachers throughout the state."

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From left: Lata Reddy, Vice President of the Prudential Foundation; Marion Bolden, Superintendent of Schools for the Newark Public School System; Ada Beth Cutler, Dean, Montclair State College of Education and Human Services; Arthur Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial; Susan Cole, President, Montclair State; Jane Oates, Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education; Robert Prezant, Dean, Montclair State College of Science and Mathematics.