District Awarded $1 Million Grant for Middle School Math

This post was published on 08/29/2019.

Pasco County Schools is one of 12 school districts in the nation selected to receive a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant as part of the Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative.

The district will use the $1 million grant in partnership with TNTP to prepare teachers for a new middle school math curriculum, Illustrative Math (Open Up Resources).  TNTP and the district will provide teachers with high-quality professional learning to ensure that instruction is meeting the needs of all students.

“We are grateful and honored to be selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this opportunity,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools.  “Pasco County Schools is committed to providing teachers with supports to deliver top-notch, standards-aligned instruction, using high-quality instructional materials so that they can prepare all students for success in college, career, and life,” he added.

The district has worked with TNTP on a variety of initiatives to improve instruction since 2014.  The initial partnership highlighted that most teachers were not fully teaching Florida Standards.  Since that 2014 report, Pasco has made significant efforts to provide teachers with resources to help them understand the standards and deliver standards-aligned instruction.  The work will continue with this grant and the Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative.

Click here for more details released by the foundation.

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