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Acknowledgments

This Project Quantum Leap Sampler would not be possible without a broad effort involving many different individuals and organizations. The LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to express appreciation to those who made possible the rich variety of teaching and learning displayed here.

Primary funding for Project Quantum Leap (PQL) was provided to LaGuardia by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education in response to a grant proposal written by Dean Paul Arcario. We are pleased to have an opportunity to thank the Department and the FIPSE program for their generous support. Supplemental funding for an Early College extension of the 2008 program was provided by the Middle College National Consortium, drawing on funds originally provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sustaining funds for PQL activities have been provided by the Title V program of the U.S. Department of Education. We wish to thank all those who have helped us by supporting this classroom-focused faculty and curriculum development activity.

The original plan for Project Quantum Leap emerged from an examination of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, entitled Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). The leadership of SENCER, especially Professor David Ferguson, has been generous in providing advice and support for our effort.

President Gail Mellow, Vice President Peter Katopes and the college community have supported PQL every step of the way. Their faith and interest in PQL helps to ensure its success. We deeply thank Dean Paul Arcario and Dr. Kamal Hajallie, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science (MECS) for their vision of contextualized basic skills instruction in mathematics. Their wise leadership is irreplaceable.

We thank our PQL mathematics faculty leaders, Professors Prabha Betne, Gordon Crandall, and Frank Wang, for their countless contributions to the project and their sustained work on the Sampler. Professors Unn Hidle, Milton Hollar-Gregory, and Robyn O’Kane serve as contextual consultants. Dr. Judit Török coordinates PQL with assistance from the faculty team and Assistant Dean and LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning Director, Dr. Bret Eynon. Her skill and commitment has been crucial to the program since its inception.

Publication takes a team. Our faculty and staff leadership team took on the initial task of soliciting faculty contributions and was instrumental in editing key sections. Center for Teaching and Learning staff members Craig Kasprzak, Roslyn Orgel, and Priscilla Stadler were tireless in the editing, proofreading and production process. Stadler also designed the PQL website, with help from Center staff Miki Masuda, Prasha Tuladhar and Louis Shrestha. Ethan Ries, of grafilicious inc., developed our print design and assisted with the final production.

We are especially grateful to all faculty who contributed their lessons and reflections to the PQL Sampler. This publication—and indeed the broader PQL project – are absolutely dependent upon faculty interest in innovation, commitment to students, and collegiality in sharing the lessons they’ve developed. We thank faculty for their effort, their collaborative spirit, and their willingness to try out new approaches. And we hope that this Sampler is a valuable tool for educators seeking to enrich their classrooms, expand the breadth of math pedagogy, and advance the success of all our students.

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