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BSU receives federal grants

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Bemidji State University has received four federal grants from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to provide summer math instruction to elementary, middle and high school teachers through its Improving Teacher Quality grant program.

The grants, which cover instructional areas including probability and statistics, number theory and foundations of arithmetic, total more than $162,000 and are from a pool of grant money made available to the state of Minnesota through the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The four projects at BSU were among 23 funded in Minnesota from a pool of more than $1.1 million in funding.

BSU will receive $51,464 to host 24 middle and high school teachers from northern Minnesota for a summer project to improve knowledge of and teaching techniques for probability and statistics.

BSU also will receive a total of $57,058 to host 30 highly qualified paraprofessionals and teachers in elementary and middle schools for a summer math course.

Additionally, BSU will receive $53,599 to host 24 elementary and middle school teachers for a three-week summer institute to enhance understanding of number sense and number theory.