University Gets Grants for Math, Science Program

    The University
    of California
    has been
    awarded nearly $5 million in grant funding to improve teacher education in math
    and science, university officials announced this week.

    UC Irvine and UC Berkeley were given two of the 12 grants
    from the National Math and Science Initiative to implement programs modeled
    after UTeach, a successful math and science teacher preparation program at the University of Texas
    at Austin.
    Grants of up to $2.4 million were awarded following a competition that included
    submissions from more than 50 universities nationwide.

    “These grants will allow UC to build upon its existing
    collaborative efforts to fill an important need — training qualified math and
    science teachers for California
    classrooms,” UC Provost Wyatt R. Hume said in a press release. “Addressing this
    teaching shortage is critical to helping keep California’s economy and communities
    strong.”

    The NMSI grants will also contribute to UC’s Cal Teach
    program and its commitment to quadrupling the number of UC students trained
    annually to be math and science teachers from 250 to 1,000 by 2011.

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