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Project PRIME: Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education is a partnership of Black Hills State University, Rapid City Area Schools, and Technology and Innovation in Education. Funding from NSF ended in 2013, but the partnership continues.


Throughout the duration of NSF funding, 2002-2013, PRIME's focus was to improve the teaching and learning of K-12 mathematics. The core strategy was professional development for Rapid City teachers. Other systemic supports included new instructional materials, the introduction and development of instructional coaches, administrator training, and family engagement. Special emphasis was placed on educational equity, meeting the needs of all learners, and reducing achievement gaps. The project also sought to improve preparation of teacher candidates at Black Hills State University. The project's external evaluator was Inverness Research.

PRIME accomplished significant improvements in the teaching and learning of mathematics within Rapid City Area Schools. A detailed description of findings is available in the July 2013 issue of the Mathematics Enthusiast.

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Project Contributions

A Partnership's Effort to Improve the Teaching of K-12 Mathematics in Rapid City, South Dakota
"Over the span of ten years, a National Science Foundation-funded partnership effort has collected and analyzed multiple forms of evidence, both direct and indirect, about improved teaching of mathematics within…
PRIME-Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education
Posted by: June Apaza. Project PRIME is a professional development project for K-12 teachers of math within Rapid City Area Schools, a district of approximately 13,000 students in western South Dakota. Learning opportunities for…
Strengths, Challenges, and Sustainability of a K-12 Math Initiative
This paper addresses the following claim(s): "What follows are sample findings to date. The session will highlight areas of promise as well as persistent challenges across a wide array of…
Using Data to Guide Mathematics Reform within a K-12 District
"Project PRIME is a cohort 1 targeted MSP focusing on K-12 mathematics within the Rapid City school district. Through the first four years of this initiative, project leaders have made...
Using Data to "Make a Case" for Mathematics Reform within a K-12 District
"Project PRIME, a targeted Math and Science Partnership focusing on K-12 mathematics within the Rapid City, SD school district, has made extensive use of data to provide key stakeholders with...