UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications

UT Tyler University Academy Receives TEA Grant to Improve Math Education

February 4, 2019

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Senior Director of Media Relations
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The UT Tyler University Academy received a grant from the Texas Education Agency to implement blended learning programs in math to improve college and career readiness.

The University Academy was one of 15 school districts and open-enrollment charter schools selected in Texas to launch Texas Education Agency Math Innovation Zones for the 2019-2020 school year. Math Innovation Zone is a program that incorporates technology into the classroom in order to develop a personalized and differentiated approach to math instruction.

"We are pleased that the University Academy was selected by the Texas Education Agency to receive a Math Innovation Zone grant," said Dr. Ross Sherman, dean of UT Tyler's College of Education and Psychology. "This program will allow University Academy teachers to individualize instruction in math by using a blended learning method. This pedagogical approach will improve the students' mathematical knowledge so that they are on the path to college and career readiness and success."

Blended learning is an innovative instructional model that combines face-to-face instruction with online learning. Teachers are able to assess students' prior knowledge and create a unique academic path for each student, adjusting lesson execution based on real-time information about student mastery of a given student expectation.

"The University Academy was an early innovator in blended learning, and this will only enhance our program. As a lab school, this will also provide us another opportunity to support our innovative research-based programs," said Jo Ann Simmons, superintendent of UT Tyler University Academy.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.