Math education in East Alabama receives boost with gift of nearly $305,000 to AU College of Education

AUBURN – A gift of $304, 975 from the Malone Family Foundation of Dothan to the Auburn University Foundation will fund mathematics education in Alabama through a project called “Improving Grades 6-12 Mathematics Education in East Alabama Using Technology.”

The project will enhance TEAM-Math, a unique partnership of AU’s College of Education and College of Sciences and Mathematics, Tuskegee University and 15 school districts in East Alabama, working to improve mathematics education in East Alabama.

Project directors are Marilyn Strutchens and W. Gary Martin, professors of mathematics education in AU’s College of Education.

“The Malone Family Foundation’s gift will help support the use of technology in East Alabama’s secondary schools,” said Strutchens. “Participating schools will receive resources they might not otherwise have, such as graphing calculators; state-of-the-art software designed to help students learn mathematics; and intensive teacher preparation in effective use of the technology.”

Now in the fourth year of a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership program, university faculty are working with faculty in area schools to help students raise their scores on state-mandated achievement tests.

“The Malone Family Foundation is delighted to partner with Auburn University and TEAM-Math to promote mathematics education in East Alabama,” says Alyson Malone of The Malone Family Foundation. “We are dedicated to funding programs we believe will help improve the education of the children and young adults of Alabama, thus giving them better opportunities for success in life. TEAM-Math has worked diligently to devise a program aimed at improving mathematics programs in East Alabama, and we look forward to seeing the results of this endeavor.”

The gift will count as part of the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign which encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will focus on facilities and equipment, campus beautification, research and current operations.