School Districts Improve Mathematics, Science, & Technology
New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJ SSI) will distribute
approximately $300,000 to over 20 districts in an effort to
implement successful, education enriched programs, focusing
primarily on the professional development of teachers.
SSI has distributed these grants since 1997, which have helped
schools and school districts from every section of New Jersey
and have led to increased student achievement in participating
schools,” says NJ SSI Project Director, Deborah Cook of Rutgers
University. “Due to continued state and federal funding, we
can build upon NJ SSI’s mission of excellence in mathematics,
science, and technology education throughout New Jersey.”
SSI invited local districts of New Jersey to submit proposals,
including charter and vocational schools, as well as urban
and smaller schools. Almost 60 districts applied for the grants.
Those selected will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000
which will go towards improving professional development, supporting
models of successful standards implementation, and using hands-on,
problem- solving approaches to learning.
goal of the Standards Implementation Grants is to promote effective
instruction in schools through the implementation of standards-based
curriculum programs and effective methods of assessment for
evaluating students and informing instruction. The grants lead
to increased student achievement in participating schools,
including lower-achieving students and those belonging to groups
traditionally under-represented in science, mathematics, and
New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJ SSI) is a unique
partnership of schools, districts, colleges, universities,
science centers, museums, businesses and industry focused on
improving the performance and participation of students in
science and mathematics throughout New Jersey. Administered
by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ SSI is funded
through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and
by the State of New Jersey.#
further information call (732) 445-2241 or visit the NJ SSI
website at http://njssi.rutgers.edu.
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