Math program offered to Franklin schools

Published 10:45 am Saturday, August 22, 2015

The College of William and Mary, Longwood University and the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition are partnering with elementary schools which have been warned to create professional development in mathematics.

W&M will be offering this free program to public schools in the city of Franklin and the counties of King and Queen and Charles City.

“The program plan is three years in duration and is designed to improve student performance in mathematics by working with teachers at three levels: in-school professional development, mathematics coaching and development of school mathematics in leadership teams,” according to the program plan that was presented at the school board meeting on Thursday night.

“We are so proud to be involved in this partnership with William & Mary,” Franklin City Public Schools Superintendent Willie Bell said. “We believe this program will help our Math department grow and help our teachers grow to higher heights.”

Teachers in grades kindergarten through eighth will be able to be a part of this program and don’t have to be math teachers in order to take the training and courses that are offered.

A specialist will also come to the division to help the math teachers.

This program will start at the beginning of the school year and will continue on through the next three years.

“Upon the end of the three-year period, the mathematics leadership team will be able to create and lead mathematics professional development in their schools and serve as mathematics leaders in their grades,” according to the program plan.