To nurture the intellectual curiosity and stimulate the teaching repertoire of high school mathematics teachers in the Houston area, Rice University was awarded an National Science Foundation grant in the amount $3,799,311 to establish a Mathematics Leadership Institute (MLI). Expected outcomes include:
- Expanding teachers knowledge in each of the important mathematics strands that form the core of the high school mathematics curriculum;
- Developing long-term relationships among high school and college faculty in the departments of Mathematics (MATH), Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), and Statistics (STAT);
- Inspiring better teaching practice among K-20 faculty;
- Exposing teachers to the beauty, power, connections, and richness of mathematics.
MLI currently has served 64 teachers in two cohorts and will engage 80 teachers by the end of the five-year grant period. The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) together with CAAM, MATH, and STAT partners with two very ethnically diverse school districts, Aldine (AISD) and Houston (HISD) Independent School Districts.