The National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million to LSU to support and develop the Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute (LA-MSTI), a partnership that includes the Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) as Lead Institution, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and the Iberville Parish School System as Core Partners, and the Louisiana Department of Education and numerous other school districts in the Baton Rouge area as Supporting Partners.
The LA-MSTI establishes a special track for secondary-teachers within the Master's of Natural Sciences (MNS) degree program in the LSU College of Basic Sciences. It is based on a new, challenging and unique content-focused curriculum that develops science and mathematics Teacher Leaders for grades 7–12. The Partnership also creates new job categories and career paths for these Teacher Leaders, in which they work among their teacher-colleagues and with local and state educational leaders to improve student learning. NSF funding will provide fellowships of $20,000 for 96 teachers; about half will be in math and half in the sciences.
The Principal Investigator of Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute is James Madden, of the LSU Department of Mathematics.