The Business, Math and Science Department at Lamar State College-Port Arthur recently received a Teacher Quality Grant through the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

The grant, titled Algebra I Mastery Project or AIM, will assist mathematics teachers who teach Algebra I. 

The grant originally targeted algebra teachers in the Port Arthur Independent School District. However, due to available space, it has been expanded to include math teachers teaching outside of PAISD. 

The grant includes a generous stipend for participating in the program, travel expense money to attend the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching and a budget for classroom supplies.

There are two components proposed for AIM – a summer institute and an academic-year program.

The summer institute will be held on the Lamar State-PA campus from 1-5 p.m. June 16-July 14. Content includes material from the Teacher Quality Algebra I module designed by the Charles A. Dana Center at UT. 

Summer activities include daily writing in electronic journals and using graphing calculators and mathematics software. 

Attendance at CAMT in Dallas is included toward the end of the summer institute. 
The academic-year program concentrates on pedagogical strategies for developing and implementing effective Algebra I classroom activities for teaching under-represented groups of students.

Algebra teachers interested in participating in the AIM project should contact Michelle Askew at 984-6491 or Martha Pate at 984-6300.

Teachers also can send an e-mail to: or

Applications received will be considered on a first-come/first-serve basis as space permits.