Provided by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Math Counts Projects encompass both Math Counts Institutes (MCI) and ITQ Math, STEM, and Modeling (MSM) professional developments. Each project has focused on providing opportunities for rural educators to discuss and improve teacher learning in both math pedagogy and content. Thus far we have had the pleasure of working with educators from the following Tennessee counties: Anderson, Campbell, Loudon, and Scott. These projects are funded by the TN Department of Education and Math and Science Partnership grants (MCI), in addition to the TN Higher Education Commission’s Improving Teacher Quality grant (MSM). The Math Counts Projects also allow for partnerships between the Tennessee counties, CEEMS, the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.
Marian E. Oates Award
CEEMS has assumed responsibility for the selection of the Marian E. Oates Teacher Enrichment Award. The award was established by UT alumnus Marian Oates to encourage education related to earth and environmental sciences and conservation. This professional development scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding middle school science teacher from one of the following Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, and Union.
Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
TJSHS is an annual scientific research competition that gives high school students the opportunity to present original research in a public forum. The top three winners receive scholarships, which can be used at any college or university upon graduation, and the top two TJSHS winners will receive an all expense-paid trip to attend the national JSHS and compete for additional scholarships.