GSE Receives Grant to Improve Math Special Ed

Posted: March 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has awarded a $40,675 grant to Patricia Moyer, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE), for the Mathematics, Manipulatives, and TecHnology (M2ATH) FACTS Project, which will improve the content, knowledge, and teaching skills of special education teachers in Fairfax County middle schools.

The M2ATH FACTS Project is designed by Moyer to provide professional development to special education teachers in mathematics using research-based instructional practices. Twenty-four middle school special education teachers from Fairfax County Public Schools are selected to participate in a two-week summer institute, during which they learn to use a variety of math tools, including concrete and virtual manipulatives, computers, and calculators. They also learn to design math lessons that implement rigorous math content that adheres to national and state standards for middle school grades.

“Our goal is to have the special education teacher not only attend the professional conferences for special education teachers, but to also attend the conferences for all mathematics teachers so they may be able to share their expertise on teaching learners with special needs,” says Moyer.

Teachers participate in hands-on experiences with concrete and virtual manipulatives appropriate for middle school grades; interactive computer sessions using the manipulatives; integration of national, state, and division math standards; strategies for teaching mathematics to special needs learners; and opportunities for planning and sharing instructional strategies.

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