Center for STEM Education
Grant Projects


Principal Investigator
Margaret Wirth

Co-Principal Investigator:
Dr. Ronald Preston

Co-Principal Investigator:
Dr. Heather Ries

QUEST 8 Cohort

Lynn King

Kathryn (Katy) Shafer

Robin W. Becker

Julie Evans

Melanie Simmons

Donna Woolard

Sheena Folkers

Tracie W. Asby

Shannon Cecil

Beaufort 3-8 Math Initiative
Beaufort 3-8 Math Initiative


The Beaufort County 3-8 Mathematics Initiative: A Continuation
The Beaufort County 3-8 Mathematics Initiative: A Continuation is an intensive professional development program for teachers in grades 3-8, to be conducted as a partnership between the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (CSMTE, College of Education, ECU), the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE, College of Education, ECU), the Department of Mathematics (College of Arts and Sciences, ECU), and Beaufort County Schools.  The major focus of the project is to extend the previous Beaufort County 3-8 Mathematics Initiative with more intensive work to develop teacher leaders who are equipped to provide high–quality professional development programs to their peers.

The instructional focus of the project for the teachers is:
  • Mathematics content
  • Teaching and learning
  • Leadership. 
A core group of 9 teachers, selected from the original 3-8 Mathematics Initiative cohort, will build on the professional development they received in the original project, with more advanced instruction in content and teaching. The leadership component in the original project is expanded, with an opportunity for teachers to present at the 2010 NCCTM Conference and design and implement a 2011 Summer Mathematics Institute for their peers. The instructional focus is built around the professional standards for teaching mathematics as outlined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

The program consists of:

  • Graduate Level coursework specifically targeted to elementary and middle grades mathematics content with emphasis on the strands vertical alignment of standards and networking of grade level teachers and teacher leadership.

  • Use of workshops to integrate education strategies and research – targeted at the middle and elementary school mathematics students – with specific attention to those approaches that have been shown to be successful with low-achieving students.

  • Professional Development instruction in and modeling of effective teaching and assessment strategies centered on preparation and implementation of a 4+ day Summer Mathematics Institute delivered by the cohort of peer teachers.

  • Use of technology to establish an electronic support network of professionals in higher education to teachers participating in the project.

  • Involvement in the North Carolina Council for Teaching Mathematics Professional Association (NCCTM) and teacher presentations at the annual NCCTM conference.