Kentucky's Murray State U. receives $130K grant for Math-in-CTE project

Kentucky's Murray State U. receives $130K grant for Math-in-CTE project

3/6/2017

Dr. Kemaly Parr, director of the CTE program at Kentucky's Murray State University, played a key role in securing a $130,000 grant provided by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education through the U. S. Department of Education’s “Improving Teacher Quality Grant,” issued under the authority of Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Dr. Parr's project, “Mathematics in the Context of Career and Technical Education," builds on the NRCCTE's evidence-based Math-in-CTE curriculum integration model. Working in conjunction with NRCCTE consultants, faculty at Murray State will help welding and machine tool teachers partner with math teachers to identify and teach the math that naturally occurs in welding and machine tool curricula.

Project goals will be accomplished through ten days of professional development for math and CTE teacher teams and sustained contact between teachers, investigators and educational specialists during the 2017-18 academic year. Project-related activities will be conducted by faculty members from Murray State University in conjunction with the assistance of consultants from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.

The project will also offer "secondary students the chance to receive dual credit for secondary and college coursework through collaboration with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)," according to an article published March 2, 2017 on KyForward.