Mathematics, Education and Leadership
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2009 Version of the Website Below
A pamphlet about teachers in our program.
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Program for five years (2008-2014). Participating teachers engage in a three year program of masters courses (totalling 23-24 credits). The courses meet once a week, Weds 4-7pm, during fall and spring semesters, and meet for three intensive weeks in July at Lehman College. The three week summer session involves a course in the morning followed by talks in the afternoon given by professionals who use high school and/or college mathematics for their profession. The teacher participants will engage in professional development and education research at their schools and attend annual one day conferences at Lehman College. Tuition and books are free of charge. Upon completion of the program they will have earned 23-24 graduate credits and a certificate. Our first cohort of 40 teachers entered the program in January 2009. They have completed 3 mathematics courses and are beginning their education courses. Our second cohort will begin classes in Fall 2010.
We are currently recruiting junior high school and high school teachers for the second (and final) cohort of 40 teachers. Any interested teachers must be certified to teach mathematics and have at least 3 years teaching experience. They should complete an application and ask their principals to complete a principal commitment form. We encourage multiple teachers to apply from the same high school or campus. The deadline for the application is April 26, 2010. Please email mttidirector at aol.com if you are planning to apply so we can keep an eye out for your application.
In the first phase of the program,
mathematicians at Lehman College
work with participating teachers to develop their
content knowledge and confidence enabling them to mentor
their fellow teachers as mathematical experts and to guide their
students into a deep exploration of the mathematics they are
learning. All participants take
and MAT670 Fundamentals
meeting once a week on Wednesdays.
These courses directly relate to the New York State Regents Exams
During the first Summer, teachers chose one three
week intensive morning course in Applied Math.
During the second Summer teachers will choose a three week intensive
course directly related to high school mathematics:
MAT 582 Statistics for Social Science or
MAT634 Transformation Geometry. Overall
there are four math courses taken by each participant.
In the second phase, mathematics education faculty and New York City Mathematics Project staff work with participating teachers conducting classroom inquiry into the efficacy of particular practices for improving student mathematics achievement with a particular aim at improving levels of high success and preparation for careers requiring mathematical expertise. The NYCMP staff will provide onsite teaching support throughout the program. After completing three math courses, each participant teacher will begin education coursework at Lehman College with ESC 742 Research in Math Ed, followed by ESC 706/707 Project Seminars I-II where they will meet individually or in small groups to learn processes of data collection and analysis. In the final Summer participants may take ESC 742 or ESC 792. They will have the opportunity to publish their research both online and in our own MTTI volume of collected research and to present their results it at conferences.
Throughout the program, the teacher participants work to build their leadership skills. In mathematics courses, they alternately lead problem solving teams. They engage in an online forum discussing their experiences and exchanging ideas with one another. Later they move towards mentoring their fellow teachers, heading up department committees selecting textbooks and devising curricula, and starting new courses aimed at NYS Regents mathematics exams, based upon what they have learned through their classroom inquiry. They will learn to apply for external funding (both government based and corporate) for in class and extra curricular activities at their schools. A two course sequence ESC 789/790 Mathematics Teacher Leadership I/II taught by mathematics education faculty and NYCMP staff will be also form part of the program.
Annual one day conferences unite the three aspects of the program allowing the participant teachers to engage in conversations on a variety of topics and to hear from mathematical professionals mathematics educators and participants in the program . Our first conference was on Saturday January 10, 2009 (photos).
Please contact our program director, Carl Curiale, or one of our other affiliates for more information about the program.