Wayne State gets $1.4M to train mathematics teachers

Detroit — Wayne State University is getting $1.4 million to help train elementary and middle school mathematics teachers.

The grant announced this week by the Detroit school is from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

The project is called TeachDETROIT. In conjunction with Henry Ford College, the Detroit Public Schools and Wayne Westland Community Schools, Wayne State University will recruit and train 56 new elementary and middle school mathematics teachers.

Jennifer Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics education in the College of Education, is principal investigator on the grant. She says in a statement there’s “a critical challenge because proficiency in mathematics is essential for entry to college, access to employment and economic well-being.”