The Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders (DEMIL) project is a new grant that will help develop math skills in elementary students in Hillsboro School District for the 2015–16 school year. The Noyce Grant is from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which sponsors the Master Teacher Fellowship capacity building project. Principal Investigator Nicole Rigelman will lead the grant, which involves, in the first phase, two teacher leaders at each of these schools: Witch Hazel, Lincoln Street, Reedville, L. C. Tobias, Mooberry, W. Verne McKinney, and Ladd Acres Elementary Schools.
The grant, for $75,000, is the foundation of what is anticipated to be a model for developing building-based leaders who support mathematics instructional capacity. It supports professional development for teachers to focus on highly effective mathematics instructional practices. Classroom teachers are supported by teacher leaders. A second phase next year will expand the concept to more teachers and include PSU teacher candidates as well. Teachers who persist will be able to earn an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) specialization through PSU. Continue reading