Supported by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, this project represents the next step in coordinated development of a professional development model for Statewide Masters Programs supporting high school mathematics. The 2012-2013 partnership includes Radford University, VCU, W&M, NASA, 46 Virginia school divisions, and 2 private schools.
The longer-term effort includes preparation for selected secondary mathematics teachers to serve as Lead Teachers guiding innovation in mathematics content and pedagogy while increasing students’ mathematics achievement and interest in STEM fields. UVA, GMU, and NSU have committed to a longer-term project.
In 2012-2013, 16 teachers will participate in a 2-week NASA Institute focused on innovative design and simulation-based engineering and science (SBE&S) and preparing teachers to create lessons integrating SBE&S into high school mathematics. Further, 40 teachers will participate in 1-week Performance Assessment Institutes by W&M, learning to create mathematics performance-based assessments. Five courses supporting teachers’ content knowledge, pedagogy, and assessment related to teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, AFDA, and Geometry will include 20 teachers each, with approximately 60 teachers receiving tuition and materials for 1 to 2 courses each. Mathematics faculty will collaborate with NASA scientists, or other scientists, to incorporate STEM applications into VCU’s courses Mathematics Education Technology and Algebraic Structures and Functions, and RU’s Applied Statistics, Mathematical Modeling, and Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry. Participants will create approximately 80 performance assessments. Program evaluation examines the project’s impact on student mathematics achievement and interest in STEM, progress in meeting partnering school divisions’ needs, success of institutes, and teachers’ learning and beliefs.