A Florida-based training program focused on science and math teachers is hoping to get a financial boost from the state. The program is looking to go statewide, but faces its own “fiscal cliff” when its startup grant runs out.
Science Math Masters is a teacher training partnership with 32 rural school districts and the University of Tampa. It’s funded by a three-year grant from the Florida Department of Education. Dr. Ed Moore, who heads the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, says he wants to make the training program permanent.
Lisa Phillips teaches 7th grade math at Florida State University’s lab school. Right now Integers and Proportions are the lesson of the day.
Phillips says she’s always looking for new and interesting ways to teach her students. The former meteorologist-turned middle school math teacher says she gets bored with always doing things the same way. So she goes to lots of training sessions.