p. p. The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the GE Fund for programs to support mathematics education and engender an interest in math-based disciplines and careers among elementary- and high-school-age students.
p. The fund will support a multi-pronged approach, including enhanced preparation of ACE teachers, curriculum development disseminated among networks of mathematics teachers, and career development for six-through-twelfth graders. The latter element will involve a partnership between ACE teachers and members of GE’s community service volunteer force, the GE Elfun network.
p. “The opportunity to partner with the GE Fund through the ACE program to encourage and achieve math excellence in our nation’s primary and secondary schools is unique and exciting,” said Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., University president. “We’re most appreciative of the fund’s support of this project.”
p. “This project proposal meets all the goals of the GE Fund: to improve educational quality and access and to strengthen community ties,” said Joyce Hergenhan, president of the GE Fund. “We are delighted to partner with ACE to extend the impact of their current program and help other schools of all types adapt this model across the country.”
p. ACE has launched the ACE-Epsilon Initiative to formulate the elements of ACE’s success into curriculum development models and teacher development models that can be replicated by other schools. “The ACE-Epsilon Initiative represents an innovative K-12 educational alliance among supporters within the Notre Dame campus and throughout the nation,” said said Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s executive vice president, founder of ACE and director of University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. “In synergizing Notre Dame’s commitment to education with the talent and vision of the GE Fund, we have designed a multiyear project that will provide exemplary quantitative instruction to some of the neediest schools in the United States.” ACE was founded in 1994 to provide committed Catholic teachers for understaffed parochial schools and to provide recent college graduates with intensive teacher training and opportunities for an experience of Christian community and spiritual growth.
p. The GE Fund, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company, invests in improving educational quality and access and in strengthening community organizations in GE communities around the world. All told, GE, the GE Fund and GE employees and retirees contributed $100 million to community and educational institutions last year. For more information on the GE Fund, visit http://www.gefund.org .