MATH PAYS is a partnership is between Mountain Empire Community College (MECC), the University of Virginia College at Wise (UVA-Wise) and five contiguous rural Virginia school districts. Supporting partners are the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The latter is an initiative supported by grants from the US Department of Education to provide services to high poverty, middle and high schools. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships for low income students.
The project's preliminary vision centers on three long-term goals
- to attract, prepare and support K-12 teachers of mathematics by providing high quality, research based, standards-based in-service professional development including the provision of leadership skills;
- to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education mathematics courses; and
- to increase the number of students that complete more mathematics courses in high school.
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