Mathematics Modeling Partnership: Preparing Urban Teachers for Implementing College and Work Rediness Standards

Project: Research project

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Description

Mathematics Modeling Partnership: Preparing Urban Teachers for Implementing College and Work Rediness Standards Mathematics Modeling Partnership: Preparing Urban Teachers for Implementing College and Work Rediness Standards The (PUHSD) and Arizona State University (ASU) have formed a Mathematics and Science Partnership to substantially increase the pedagogical content knowledge of PUHSD mathematics teachers in the areas of discrete mathematics and mathematical modeling. Sixty teachers, whose assignments focus on junior and senior-level mathematics courses will be provided 135 contact hours of professional development beginning with an intensive summer institute focusing on developing their specialized content knowledge. Participating teachers will be instructed using a variety of researched best practices, focusing on modeling high cognitive demand tasks in problem-based-learning scenarios. Throughout the school year, teachers will implement best practices by developing and piloting curriculum for a new 4th-year course designed to embody the College and Work-Readiness (CWR) Standards for Arizona Mathematics: Advanced Mathematics with Modeling 1-2. This MSP will immediately impact over 5,000 students each year, and up to 9,000 per year in the PUHSD when, in Fall, 2010, courses are offered to meet new State required 4th year mathematics courses beyond Algebra II. Outcomes include significantly increased teacher knowledge of the focal mathematics content, advancement in their Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (as articulated by Ball et al., 2008), high quality classroom practice and climate as measured by multiple administrations of the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP), and significant improvement of students achievement on district-, state-, and national-level mathematics achievement tests.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/099/1/10

Funding

  • LOCAL: Arizona School District: $177,027.00

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