Rodel has been awarded one of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation’s Math Professional Development Initiative grants, bringing Math 20/20 to seven rural Arizona school districts. The districts–located in Freeport-McMoRan communities in Yavapai, Gila and Pima Counties–are Bagdad Unified District and four surrounding districts, Miami Unified District, and Sahuarita Unified District. Each of these districts will receive grade-level-wide professional development in mathematics for their teachers and school leaders starting in the 2015-16 school year and continuing through the 2017-18 school year.
MATH 20/20 creates sustainable, district-wide improvement by developing educators’ mathematical content knowledge and their understanding of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) for math. The program breaks new ground in providing educators with an authentic solution to effectively implement the new standards in their own classrooms.
“This funding brings Rodel one step closer to our goal of delivering Math 20/20 to every county in Arizona,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “Our partnership with Freeport-McMoRan, initiated by our mutual membership in the 100Kin10 network, marks an exciting expansion into rural communities that may previously have had limited access to intensive professional development programs for elementary math.”
“As part of our commitment to 100Kin10, the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is pleased to make this investment in math professional development for Arizona teachers,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. “Fostering opportunities for rural teachers to advance their knowledge of mathematics teaching, the basis of STEM education, supports our goal to help improve professional development opportunities in the communities where we operate.”
The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Math Professional Development Initiative grant will support the resources necessary to bring Rodel’s Math 20/20 Grade Level Courses into seven rural school districts for three school years, a total investment of $573,274. The investment is part of the national collaborative 100Kin10, a multi-sector effort to prepare, deploy and support 100,000 excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers in the United States over the next 10 years.
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit www.rodelaz.org.