Silicon Valley nonprofits receive math grants

June 8, 2009 10:23:09 AM PDT
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is awarding three Silicon Valley organizations grants totaling $250,000 to improve student performance in middle school math.

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A $100,000 grant has been awarded to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's four-week "Stepping Up to Algebra" summer program, which prepares seventh-grade students for eighth-grade algebra.

Silicon Valley Education Foundation's CEO Muhammed Chaudhry said the grant will allow the organization to offer the program for a second year and also double the admission rate from last year.

"We need to arm these students with better math tools so they can go on to good colleges and successful careers as our future engineers and scientists," Chaudhry said.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group will use its $75,000 grant to support its teacher professional development program. The "Silicon Valley: A Laboratory for Learning" project offers local teachers training to strengthen their subject matter knowledge in math.

Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network received a $75,000 grant to support the "Math Matters" program, which combines Intel's Math Institute with follow-up coaching for middle school math teachers.

The three organizations are working collaboratively to provide the tools teachers and students require in improving the region's math proficiency level. Studies indicate that students who master algebra are more likely to continue the sequence of math courses in high school leading to admission into a four-year college.

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