Local ISD participates in award-winning program

LANSING Eight school districts across Michigan are starting the school year off with a celebration of success. The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Michigan’s Best Award.

While schools face many challenges, the Michigan’s Best Award showcases examples of the quality education taking place in Michigan schools each day.

Wayne RESA School District has been selected as an award recipient for its Project PRIME Program.

Local teachers from the surrounding counties have been participating in Project PRIME workshops through the Math & Science Centers at the Dickinson-Iron and Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School Districts.

“Britt Slade and Spencer Slade, mathematics instructors from Bay College, have been the facilitators for these workshops, “noted Tara Hartman, director, Dickinson-Iron-Menominee Math, Science, Technology Center. “We are proud of our local efforts as part of this statewide mathematics project.”

Wayne RESA’s winning program earned its honor in the Improving Student Achievement in Intermediate School District Programs category for its innovativeness and impact on student achievement. Teachers, administrators and school board members will be on hand to celebrate the prestigious award.

Promoting Reform in Mathematics Education (PRIME) is a statewide, two-year, secondary professional development program coordinated by Wayne RESA with the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network (MMSCN), Educational Service Agencies, and the University of Dearborn’s Center for Mathematics Education.

PRIME is unique in that it: – uses a variety of technologies (video conferencing, integrated instruction, etc.) to train more than 600 secondary teachers statewide;

– includes all 33 Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers which includes Dickinson-Iron-Menominee Math Science Center as well as Northwoods Math and Science Center;

– provides site-based facilitators and coaches to encourage instructional reform;

– prepares teachers to incorporate into their practice the Common Core State Standards, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment System; and (5) allows teachers to meet after school to discuss new strategies that focus directly on student achievement.