VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver has been awarded a grant worth more than $346,000 by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Working with Educational Service District 112 and six school districts, WSU Vancouver faculty members David Slavit and Tamara Nelson will use the grant to focus on professional development for science and mathematics teachers for grades 6-12. Their goal is to improve scientific and mathematical literacy for students enrolled in these partner districts.

“The key issue here is reform,” Slavit said. “The first step in this process will be to provide both the time and resources for middle and high school teachers to participate in professional development activities that will in turn help students to succeed.”

OSPI distributed a total of four grants worth $1.2 million to further enhance the teaching skills and knowledge of science and mathematics educators in Washington state. Additional recipients included ESD 101, Quincy School District and Western Washington University.

OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by state school superintendent Terry Bergeson, OSPI works with the state’s 296 school districts and nine ESDs to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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