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South Kern Math Partnership receives a three-year grant to improve math education

University to play crucial role in improving math education

The California Department of Education has awarded a three-year 1.4 million-dollar California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant to the South Kern Math Partnership (SKMP), which includes CSU Bakersfield, Lamont Elementary School District (Lead), Fairfax Elementary School District and Vineland Elementary School District. All three districts are rural, low-performing and face high levels of poverty.

CSU Bakersfield's Teacher Education Department will provide Common Core Math and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) training to 47 3rd-8th grade district teachers. The project will begin this summer by bringing teachers to campus to participate in a summer intensive training led by CSUB Professor Dr. Tony Alteparmakian. “The Teacher Education Department is excited to partner with local teachers in an effort to reach our young students and generate excitement about mathematics,” said Dr. Tony Alteparmakian, Professor.

In addition to receiving professional development, teachers will complete externships in which they will get to experience STEM careers. The SKMP partnership will work to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills for classroom teachers through professional learning activities.

SKMP will provide a sustainable, lasting process that provides professional development. “Through these types of strong partnerships we believe we can make a difference in South Kern. Having classroom teachers work with University faculty is crucial to empowering teachers to meet the challenges of Common Core and improving academic achievement in mathematics,” said Kathleen Knutzen, Dean School of Social Sciences & Education.

For more information on the SKMP, please contact Dr. Tony Alteparmakian at

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