Dr. Sylvia Silberger, associate professor and chair of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences‘ (HCLAS) School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics‘ Department of Mathematics, and Dr. Sharon Whitton, professor and director of the School of Education‘s (SOE) mathematics education programs, have been awarded $96,821 from the Freeport school district for their “Math Science Partnership in Freeport, New York.” This is the second year of the project, which was awarded a similar grant last year.
“The intent of the grant is to help Freeport instructors transition to the Common Core,” said Dr. Silberger.
The benefits of the partnership are mutual and will be longlasting. “Freeport students will have the benefit of having instructors who are better equipped to make the change to the Common Core,” she said. At the same time, “[Dr. Whitton] and I are learning a lot about the new Common Core requirements, which will help us prepare our own education majors.”
The pair are building on the work they started last year. “It went well last year, but it was a time to feel out what the teachers really felt that they needed,” Dr. Silberger said. Based on those findings, the professors made up an assessment, which they will give to the high school teachers next week.
Most of the work will be done at Freeport High School. Drs. Silberger and Whitton will visit the high school once a week to meet with instructors to work through problems they identify as roadblocks to implementing the Common Core. “We will … meet with them both individually and as groups to go over areas that seemed to be issues from their assessment,” Dr. Silberger said.