Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee Elementary Schools: Focus on Mathematics
The Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee Elementary Schools: Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project, conceived by Tennessee State University and ETS, focuses on strengthening K–4 math instruction and addressing gaps. Research-based professional development is provided to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) faculty, K–4 teachers and pre-service teachers.
Developed at the request of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, SITES-M included Saturday math workshops, innovative mathematics-centered learning communities, Framework Observation training, tri-weekly math challenges for students and conventional measurement of pupils' learning and teacher effectiveness.
Additional colleges and universities that were part of the SITES-M project include:
- Fisk University
- Lane College
- Knoxville College
- LeMoyne-Owen College
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
At the 2011 Summer Mathematics Leadership Institute for example, a record 300 teachers, principals, faculty and university officials from across Tennessee participated in an intensive two-week event, hosted by Tennessee State University with support from ETS, designed to improve mathematics teaching and learning for children in Tennessee schools.
"At its heart, this institute and the larger SITES-M project are about putting stronger teachers in our classrooms," says Michael T. Nettles, Senior Vice President of ETS's Policy Evaluation & Research Center.
"The added participation of 12 Race to the Top schools and the growing list of participating universities shows that people in Tennessee are committed to addressing achievement gaps — and mathematics learning in particular."