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LSUA Host LaSIP for Local K-8 Math Teachers

Released: 07/16/2007

Forty teachers from four Central Louisiana parishes are at LSU Alexandria this month to learn new mathematics skills.

This is the ninth year that LSUA has hosted the Louisiana Systemic Initiative Program, which is designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with new methods for teaching mathematics, said Dr. Tommy Awtry, LaSIP coordinator.

The workshop encourages teachers to use guided-discovery techniques in their classrooms together with items that can be manipulated on a student’s desk to develop concepts. The areas of focus this year are literacy, algebra, measurement, number/number relations, grant writing, group work and classroom management.

After they complete the 15-day, 90-hour LaSIP workshop, the teachers return to their schools and share what they learned with their colleagues and ultimately the students.

“Our goal is to raise student test scores in the participating schools,” Awtry said.

The program started July 5 and concludes July 25. Attending are 40 teachers from Rapides, Allen, Avoyelles and Grant parishes.

For more information, call Awtry at 473-6591.