The Gordon State College School of Education has been awarded a $157,554 math and science partnership grant from the State of Georgia. The grant will be used in partnership with Lamar County Elementary School Math and Science teachers in grades 3, 4 and 5 to help improve math and science instruction at the school.’There is increased focus on science and mathematics at all levels of education today. This grant opportunity will allow the students at Lamar County schools to become more competitive in a rapidly changing technological world,’ said Michael Mahan, Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor of Education at Gordon State College. ‘By becoming more competitive for the future, the students will be better prepared for access to college and the world of work.’The faculties from both institutions will work closely together to align instruction with Georgia performance standards and development of best practices in the elementary classrooms. The Grant allows for intensive professional development for the individual classroom teacher as well as a two week workshop during the summer of 2015 and again in summer 2016. The summer workshops will focus on mathematics and science. Members participating in the grant include Autumn Schaffer, instructional technologist; Ed Wheeler, professor of mathematics; Susan Byars, assistant professor of mathematics; Kimberly White Fredette, assistant professor of math education; Richard Schmude, professor of chemistry and Mahan from Gordon State College, as well as Andrea Scandrett, principal of Lamar County Elementary School and Marci Vining, curriculum specialist at Lamar County Elementary School.