ELLENSBURG — Central Washington University is using a federal grant to help local teachers at high-need elementary schools hone their classroom skills, especially in teaching math and science.

The school expects to get $60,000 over two years, according to Andrea Sledge, who is coordinating the project at CWU.

The CWU College of Education and Professional Studies is running the program with West Valley School District and Educational Service District 105, which covers south-central Washington. Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington are also participating in the U.S. Department of Education-funded project.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is administering the project, which involves six higher education institutions and seven school districts in New York, Tennessee and Washington. The board will provide case studies and instructional guides for student-teachers at CWU and new teachers in classrooms, Sledge said.