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"We are extremely excited about this partnership, especially for our students, who will experience the impact of being role models and mentors for these young people."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC to Launch Innovative Science and Math Partnership With Baltimore Schools

May 22, 2002--UMBC's Shriver Center has received a three-year, $1.36 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a new school-university program targeted at improving science and math education in high-need Baltimore-area middle schools.

"Studies show how critical the middle school years are in academically engaging youth, especially in math, science, and technology," says Shriver Center Executive Director John Martello. "This project places UMBC students directly in middle school classrooms, working side-by-side with teachers to enhance the schools' curricula with UMBC's cutting-edge resources. The project will excite youth about learning math and science, help train and re-energize math and science teachers, and encourage a new generation of college students to explore teaching as a career."

Twenty-six graduate and advanced undergraduate Fellows will be selected from UMBC's information systems, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and natural sciences departments. Teams of Fellows will be placed in five partner middle schools--Lansdowne, Stemmers Run, Deep Creek, Brooklyn Park, and Corkran--to support teachers one-on-one in the classroom and in co-curricular activities. Fellows will also provide ten hours of direct instruction in the classroom each week, and teachers will also participate in an ongoing professional development program designed to enhance their understanding of science and mathematics concepts.

This new initiative is an outgrowth of The Shriver Center's considerable involvement working with at-risk children and youth through its Choice programs in Maryland and throughout the country, as well as its focus on service-learning experiences. More than 1,000 UMBC students each year take advantage of Shriver Center programs and opportunities enabling them to link academic study to professional practice and community service.

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