Brooke Istas, lead mathematics instructor at Cowley College, recently was selected to participate in an initiative from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.

Cowley College logoIt is designed to ensure that every adult learner receives the applied math skills he or she needs to succeed in the real world.

Istas will be on a team with 20 other educators and experts in math education to identify and review high-quality open educational resources that can be accessed freely online.

She said this initiative follows the Kansas Perkins Leadership Grant the college was awarded last year.

“I am honored to be selected,” Istas said. “I know there were several high-caliber instructors who applied to be a part of this initiative from all across this nation, so to be selected really speaks to work we are doing in the Cowley natural science and mathematics department.”

She will go through orientation this month before taking part in user group classroom evaluations and reviews from September through December.

“I hope, by participating in this project, that I grow as an instructor by learning about what Open Educational Resources are available and open up mathematical tasks so that all learners can achieve their educational goals, and also share my growth with my colleagues,” Istas said.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.