Lindy Crawford, an associate professor of education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support a project aimed at assisting students with math learning disabilities. Modeled after a similar program that teaches math to non-English speakers, the project will help students successfully engage in math instruction at appropriate grade levels.
Working with two research assistants and a team from Digital Directions International Inc., an educational technology company that develops and distributes online supplemental software products, Crawford will design a Web-based curriculum that will individualize lessons for students in algebra and other middle school math subjects. So far, Crawford has received interest from two Colorado Springs school districts, Denver Public Schools and rural school districts in southeastern Colorado to help design and implement the program. Work will begin in January 2010.