Opening the Gateway to Advanced STEM Courses
A comprehensive training and incentives model for providing a rigorous middle school mathematics program
Incentives for Success
Monetary Incentives ($50) for students meeting math benchmark or growth goal on national exam
Collaborative performance goals for school growth
Teacher bonuses ($500 per teacher) for achieving school goals
Teacher Training and Support
Laying the Foundation training for all teachers at no cost (valued at $2,385 per teacher)
Full access to hundreds of lessons and assessments
Full time Math Content Manager available for support
Funding and Resources
Money provided for classroom equipment and supplies to enhance math instruction ($1000 base plus $15 per 8th grade enrollment)
National math exam fees covered for all 7th & 8th grade students
Funding for food and prizes provided for student review session
Four Vertical Team meetings conducted involving 6-8 teachers
Assistance provided for incorporating more rigorous lessons into existing curriculum
Discussion among teachers for better curriculum alignment
Data review for instructional purposes
Commitment to Model
Selected schools agree to follow the Access to Algebra Math Elements of Success model and enter into a partnership with AdvanceKentucky.
Submission of Application
Interested schools may apply to the program at any time of the year by completing an online application. The application may be accessed here. Site visits to schools are conducted each fall, with new cohorts chosen yearly in December.
The school selection process includes site visits with schools, a formal invitation to participate, and a Letter of Agreement negotiation meeting. Preference will be given to schools that are in a position to initiate or dramatically increase access to advanced middle school math programs, particularly for underrepresented student populations.
Availability of Funding
Overall funding is limited each year in total amount and by donor guidelines that may restrict the use of funds. We offer this early notification to applicants that while we work year-round on fundraising, we may not be certain of the total amount available to support new schools until the spring.
For questions or to schedule an informal visit to your school/district, please contact Annette Williams.