Anne Adams received $5 million NSF grant

Monday, June 18 2012

Anne Adams, assistant professor of mathematic education has received a joint University of Idaho-Washington State University $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation called Making Mathematic Reasoning Explicit (MMRE). The grant will bring 72 teachers from eastern Washington and Northern Idaho over a three-year period to WSU for further math teaching training. Each cohort of 24 teachers from fourth to 12th grades will go through a three-year process. In the first year, they will spend three weeks in the summer on WSU campus working on changing their own style of teaching. In year two, they will work with willing teachers in their own schools, and in the third year they will invite more teachers and even those who are less willing participants to learn a new style. The training will focus on helping teachers learn new ways to show students how math is useful and teaching problem solving, reasoning and critical thinking instead of just teaching procedures. The MMRE team also will be conducting a one-day meeting offsite during the school year with multiple other half-day meetings during the year in different parts of the Idaho and Washington to accommodate out-of-area teachers.