Education grant funded for third year

February 12, 2013
Left-right: Dr. Julia McDonald, Dr. Jodean Grunow and Dr. Karen Stinson.


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Designing and Using Value-Added Measurements to Increase Teacher Capacity and Student Mathematical Proficiency, a project based at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has received funding from the Wisconsin Elementary and Secondary Education Act Improving Teacher Quality Program for the third year.

The project is under the direction of Dr. Jodean Grunow, senior lecturer in the UW-Platteville School of Education and Department of Mathematics; Dr. Julia McDonald, UW-Platteville mathematics professor; and Dr. Karen Stinson, education professor and director of the UW-Platteville School of Education. A broadly based team of reviewers representing Wisconsin’s K-12 schools, UW System institutions, private higher education institutions, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin businesses recommended the continued funding.

The award letter states, “Your campus and the project personnel are to be commended for success in this competitive process.”

Grunow said the project serves 38 southwest Wisconsin teachers, who meet on campus for a two-week seminar in the summer and then return to their classrooms to do action research on projects selected to be in congruence with specific classroom, school and district needs. Participants receive university credit, mentoring as requested and online support.

The first year of the grant focused on authentic assessment of student understanding to inform instructional decisions and to subsequently develop prompt and effective interventions as needed. Student self-regulation was also emphasized in the first year, Grunow said.

Participants in the second year of the grant worked with self-evaluation and awareness of Wisconsin School Report Cards and Educator Effectiveness System efforts. Third-year participants will work with progress monitoring information that has been gathered to determine actual value added.

“While serving the southwest Wisconsin schools and teachers, this grant has opened opportunities for collaboration between the surrounding schools and the university,” said Grunow. “Students have the opportunity to connect with schools and teachers aware of the current educational thrusts who can then provide rich learning environments for teachers-to-be.”

Contact: Dr. Jodean Grunow, senior lecturer, UW-Platteville School of Education, (608) 342-1009,

Formatted by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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