Richard Stockton College has received a $1 million federal grant to help math teachers in 11 school districts in Cape May and Cumberland counties bring their teaching skills in line with new national Common Core Standards in math.

Math and education faculty at Stockton will work with 60 teachers at all grade levels starting this summer and continuing for three years. Classes will be held at Stockton's Woodbine site, and teachers will get graduate credit for some of their work.

The participating districts in the Stockton Coastal Collaborative are Wildwood, Woodbine and Middle Township in Cape May County; and Commercial Township, Cumberland Regional and the K-8 districts that send to Cumberland Regional, including Deerfield, Hopewell, Stow Creek, Greenwich, Fairfield and Upper Deerfield townships in Cumberland County.

Stockton's Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center will coordinate the program, working with Stockton faculty. Patricia Weeks, director of the SRI/ETTC, said they did a needs assessment with the participating districts and found algebra was a key area where teachers wanted help.

She said in addition to the sessions at Stockton, faculty will visit with each teacher in their classrooms at least three times during the school year, and will videotape lessons to analyze and share. Stockton had previously received a three-year Math-Science Partnership grant in 2007 to focus on science.

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