Education Research Center Awarded Grant to Evaluate NSF-Funded TxLIMIT Project


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: June 01, 2015

The Education Research Center at Texas A&M University (ERC at TAMU) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant to conduct an external summative evaluation of the National Science Foundation-funded project, Texas Leadership Initiative: Mathematics Instruction Transformed (TxLIMIT) project.  Jackie Stillisano and Hersh Waxman will be the co-principal investigators for the study.  Additional ERC researchers involved include Kim Wright, Kayla Rollins, and Luke Lyons. 

The TxLIMIT project was designed as a partnership among Stephen F. Austin State University’s College of Science and Mathematics and College of Education, Region VII Education Service Center, and five East Texas Independent School Districts.  Funded through NSF’s Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program, the project focuses on supporting Master Teaching Fellows in mathematics within high-need districts across East Texas.  The TxLIMIT Fellows are provided with coherent, rigorous mathematics content learning opportunities, as well as with leadership and mentorship training to prepare them to lead and transform schools in their districts.

The evaluation team will use a mixed-methods design to investigate the impact of TxLIMIT on participants’ (a) content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and instructional practice; and (b) leadership knowledge, ability, and practice.  Influence of the Fellows’ activities on their students’ mathematics learning and growth and on institutional changes in mathematics programs and curricula will also be examined. 

“This summative evaluation will document the development and implementation of the TxLIMIT project across the five years of the project,” said Stillisano. “The study will help determine the extent to which project has been effective in achieving its goals and objectives; what anticipated outcomes have emerged as a result of the project; and what is transferable, replicable, and scalable in efforts to prepare teacher leaders in mathematics.”

For additional information, please contact Jackie Stillisano at jstillisano@tamu.edu or Hersh Waxman at hwaxman@tamu.edu