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Hofstra University -- issued October 9, 2003
Contact: Ginny Greenberg (516) 463-6819

Note: the following is a press release issued by Hofstra University. Brookhaven National Laboratory is a partner in the Math, Science and Technology Partnership (MSTP) Project announced recently by Hofstra University. Brookhaven plans to conduct workshops for teachers in participating districts and host teachers and students in programs at Brookhaven, where they will learn how mathematics is used in scientific research. For more information on Brookhaven Lab's role in MSTP, contact Diane Greenberg, (631) 344-2347.

National Science Foundation Awards $11.5 Million Grant to Hofstra University to Improve Long Island Middle School Achievement in Mathematics

Hofstra Will Be Lead Partner in Program that Includes Participation Of 10 School Districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University has been awarded an $11.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to improve middle school achievement in mathematics.

Hofstra University will be the lead partner in a partnership titled "The MSTP Project: Mathematics Across the MST Curriculum." (MSTP refers to the Math, Science and Technology Partnership.) Dr. M. David Burghardt, the Jean Nerkin Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Chair of Computer Science at Hofstra, will serve as principal investigator on the grant.

Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz said: "This grant from the National Science Foundation recognizes Hofstra's successes as a national leader in education. This week Hofstra is opening a new state-of-the-art facility for its School of Education and Allied Human Services, adding to our leadership capability. Hofstra University thanks the efforts of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy for their assistance in helping Hofstra to attain this prestigious award."

"Wherever I go on Long Island or across New York State, parents tell me they are concerned about whether their kids are learning what they need to earn a living," said Senator Schumer. "You don't have to be an education expert to know that our kids need better math and science skills to compete in the 21st century job market, especially with the growth of the tech industry on Long Island. These funds will help ensure that students get a solid foundation in math and science today so they can land the kind of jobs they'll need to raise their own families on Long Island 10 or 20 years from now."

Congresswoman McCarthy said: "I congratulate Hofstra University on receiving this wonderful grant. I am proud supporter of the MSTP Project and this grant will allow school districts in Hempstead, Uniondale, and Westbury to partner with Hofstra to improve the math and science skills that are increasingly essential in the 21st century economy."

The NSF grant supports the goals set forth by the "No Child Left Behind"Act of 2001, an education reform bill signed by President George Bush designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools.

"Less than desirable math and science skills among middle school students have long been a subject of concern and debate among educators," said Herman A. Berliner, Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. "This grant will allow Hofstra to deeply examine this issue and seek solutions that involve modifications in teacher recruitment, training and even the culture of middle school education. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with teachers and future teachers in order to up test scores in school districts that need help in these areas."

This is the fifth major grant won by Dr. Burghardt for Hofstra University. In 1989 he created the Center for Technological Literacy to assist in his quest to improve technological literacy in grades K-16.  

Of the new NSF grant, Dr. Burghardt says: "This allows us a wonderful opportunity to have disciplinary faculty in engineering, mathematics and science work with teacher colleagues in middle schools to improve students' learning of mathematics and more strongly interconnect mathematics in science and technology education. This same team of teachers and faculty will develop strategies to improve teaching and learning of mathematics, engineering and science at the university level, a win-win at all levels."

The goals of the Math Science Technology Partnership are:

  • To enhance mathematical understanding of middle school students in participating schools.
  • To enhance mathematical content and pedagogical understanding of middle school teachers of mathematics, science and technology in project schools.
  • To enhance higher education science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula and faculty pedagogical skills.
  • To align and improve math, science and technology curricula in project schools with respect to New York State mathematics standards and assessments.
  • To increase the number of under-represented minorities entering the MST teaching workforce in New York State.
  • To enhance the capacity of the New York State Education Department, Partner Universities, schools and districts to engage in ongoing improvement of middle school mathematics.
  • To disseminate an innovative middle school mathematics program model.

As lead partner in the program, Hofstra will oversee the management and fiscal responsibility for this program. Additional partners include State University of New York at Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, CUNY and the New York State Education Department.

Local school districts participating in the grant are Amityville Union Free School District, Brentwood Union Free School District, Freeport Central School District, Hempstead Union Free School District, Longwood Central School District, Riverhead Central School District, Uniondale Union Free School District, Westbury Union Free School District, William Floyd Central School District and Wyandanch Union Free School District.