The academically elite Van Nuys High School was selected as one of eight sites nationwide for a "Teachers Teaching With Technology" pilot institute, receiving a $4,000 grant to train about 40 teachers in advanced-placement calculus.
The school is home to a math and science magnet program. The five-day workshop, to be held in late June, is underwritten by the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Instruments.
Specifically, the grant money will go to increasing teacher awareness of technology by conducting a seminar in the use of the TI-92, the latest graphics calculator used in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
"It's a super-duper calculator," explained Van Nuys Assistant Principal Keiko Hentel. "Really, it's so advanced that most teachers don't know how to use it yet."
The program is open to public and private schoolteachers. Those wishing to purchase the calculator will receive a discount.
For information, call Jenny Pacho at Van Nuys High School, (818) 781-2371.