Teachers of secondary mathematics from partnering school divisions who enroll may be eligible for grant funding for tuition support and course materials in selected courses, as well as additional professional support. Innovative technologies such as a tablet computer with multi-touch display, HD webcam and headset may be available for check out from the Teaching Resources Center.
This project supports high school teachers to improve their mathematics content, pedagogy, and assessment related to teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, AFDA, Geometry, and the Mathematics Capstone Course. Radford University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, New College Institute, and the MathScience Innovation Center have partnered to offer distance-education graduate courses for 130 high school teachers in the Southwest, Southside, and Richmond regions. Courses include Linear Algebra for Teachers (VCU), Algebraic Structures, Functions, and Sequences for Teachers (VCU), Foundations of the Number System (RU), Equity and Diversity in Mathematics Education (RU), Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry (RU), Applied Statistics for Teachers (VCU), and Educational Technology (RU). Courses address knowledge and best practices related to teaching Virginia’s 2009 Mathematics SOLs and/or Mathematics Performance Expectations for Virginia’s College and Career Readiness Initiative. RU and VCU faculty and high school teachers will collaborate in course development; team teachers will be incorporated. Participants will develop and make available online approximately 35 applied mathematical unit plans, or 140 lesson plans.
All courses count towards RU’s mathematics education master’s degree, endorsed by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition’s Statewide Masters Programs. Tuition, books, and applications will be funded. Five teachers will receive conference travel funding. Teachers will receive time to observe peers’ instruction. Project directors will conduct on-site follow-up with approximately 10 teachers, providing instructional feedback and strengthening partnerships. Program evaluation assesses impact on student achievement, gains in teacher knowledge, and progress toward identified LEA needs.