How Were These Modules Developed?

These modules were developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education (NSF-DUE #0443317).

They were developed by Valerie A. DeBellis and Joseph G. Rosenstein and are based on materials developed by the authors during 1995-2000. Those materials were used in extended professional development activities with over 1000 practicing K-8 teachers during the past ten years in 38 institutes of the Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics (LP-DM) that was funded during 1995-2000 by the National Science Foundation.

The modules were piloted by Valerie DeBellis during 1998-2003 at East Carolina University and have been field tested at a number of colleges and universities during 2004 and 2005.

The LP-DM was co-sponsored by DIMACS, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, based at Rutgers University, and by the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education.

Joseph G. Rosenstein served as Director of the LP-DM and Valerie A. DeBellis was Associate Director of the LP-DM. They are uniquely qualified to write these materials because no other program has introduced discrete mathematics systematically to K-8 teachers.