According to JANIS: > > Question:what are SSIs? we don't use the term here.
SSI stands for State Systemic Initiative. It is a reform movement funded by the National Science Foundation. I believe there are 26 (I might have the wrong number) funded throughout the United States. States that received the NSF monies made proposals on how they would use the money to enhance mathematics and science education in their states; how they would lead mathematics education toward the NCTM standards and how they would move science education toward the NAST's benchmarks.
My state, Virginia, is one of the states that received the SSI grant. Each state has a different way of using their money. My state has a Lead Teacher component of its reform, VQUEST. We train 240 teachers each year from all over the state. Our goal is to put a math and a science lead teacher in every elementary and middle school in Virginia. I am very proud of our program. And I am very proud of the teachers that I have trained for the last several summers. They are fine dedicated math and science teachers. Using the internet is an important part of our training. We want our teachers to have the opportunity to be able to network with other teachers all over our state and the country.
Math History Lives!
Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education The Langley School in Sciences and Technology 1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22012 USA 703-820-1889(h) 703-356-1920(w) Fax: (703) 790-9712 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org --or-- KarenDM@aol.com