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Math Educators, Actuarial Tutors Meet At Seminar

Society of Actuaries

Elementary School Math Educators, Actuarial Tutors Will Meet at Washington SeminarSCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- The Society of Actuaries Foundation hosts a forum on math mentoring at the elementary school level from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel, Washington, DC. Actuaries, who use math and statistics to find solutions to financial, business, and societal problems, are using those skills to help elementary pupils improve math performance. The Advancing Student Achievement Program of the Foundation has provided $120,000 to six tutoring and mentoring projects in six different cities across the United States.

Called the Math Mentoring Forum, the session will bring together the grade school teachers, actuaries and companies who are implementing the six projects. Discussion will focus on the of the first year of the two-year grant program and how to make adjustments for the second year. The schools are: Liberty School, Springfield, Mass; five schools targeted by Nashville, Tenn.'s PENCIL Foundation -- Margaret Allen Elementary School, Haynes Middle School, Dan Mills Elementary School, Park Avenue Elementary School, and Brick Church Middle School; the Benjamin Franklin School, Binghamton, N.Y.; the Newman Elementary School, Chino, Cal.; Samuel Mason School, Roxbury, Mass.; and the Warren T. Jackson Elementary School, Atlanta, Ga.

Objectives for the day include: eliciting feedback on the first year of the program, mid-term adjustment of projects, expanding the evaluation of the program adding to the research base of successful foundation/education partnerships determining longer term program and funding needs for replication and expansion of the program. The SOA Foundation was established in 1994 with a mission to contribute to the understanding and resolution of present and future social and economic problems by investing in research, communication, and education.

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