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Grant targets math and science education in rural schools

Karla Childs, an associate professor in Pittsburg State University’s Department of Mathematics, and four faculty members at Emporia State University, are working with three Kansas school districts this year to improve math and science education in rural schools.

Karla Childs, an associate professor in Pittsburg State University’s Department of Mathematics, and four faculty members at Emporia State University, are working with three Kansas school districts this year to improve math and science education in rural schools.

Earlier this year, the team of educators received a $194,605 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to deepen the cross-curricular content knowledge of K-6th grade mathematics and science teachers in three districts: Neodesha (USD 461), Independence (USD 446) and Dodge City (USD 443).

Childs said the team will conduct educational sessions in both Neodesha and Dodge City on May 31.

“Teachers in rural districts may not have as much access to professional development as teachers in other areas,” Childs said.

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