Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education) is a partnership between BHSU (Black Hills State University), RCAS (Rapid City Area Schools), and TIE (Technology and Innovations in Education, a division of the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative).
The goals of PRIME are to:
1. Improve student achievement in mathematics for all K-12 students in Rapid City Area Schools, with a particular goal of reducing the achievement gap between Native American and non-Native American students.
2. Improve the professional capacity of K-12 teachers of mathematics in RCAS and to support the preparation of pre-service teachers from BHSU.
Objectives include reducing the number of high school students taking non-college preparatory mathematics, increasing the number of students taking upper level mathematics, and increasing student performance on college entrance exams.
The project provides professional development in a combination of content- and instructional materials-based workshops at the district level, with the objective of increasing effective, inquiry-based mathematics instruction in the classroom. The project also provides building-based support for teachers through the Elementary Teacher Leader and Secondary Math Coaches programs. This support may include modeling of effective lessons, peer mentoring, collaborative coaching, lesson study, etc.
Project PRIME is funded primarily by a five-year $3.75 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. It was one of only 35 projects awarded nationwide from over 550 submissions.