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Math Grant Brings $1M for Training

Math teachers here will use a state grant of nearly $1 million to continue boosting student achievement at five high schools.

The four-year grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission will allow teachers to gain additional training with the help of professors at California State University, Long Beach.

Participating schools are Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan and Poly high schools.

The grant, called EQALS, aims to provide Evidence-based, Quality professional development in Algebra for Learners’ Success.  The idea is to boost math achievement, especially for groups such as English language learners and special education students.

The training will focus on deepening teachers’ knowledge of algebraic concepts. Participants will improve their ability to monitor student progress and to differentiate, or customize, instruction based upon students’ needs.  Teachers will learn strategies for working with English learners and students with disabilities.

Participating teachers also will receive classroom materials such as graphing whiteboards, and they’ll be paid for their time outside the normal school day or during summer.

The California Postsecondary Education Commission was established in 1974 as the state planning and coordinating body for higher education.  Learn more at