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Secondary School Teachers Program
The Park City Mathematics
Institute (PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton,
NJ, offers comprehensive professional development for mathematicians
and teachers of mathematics, as well as programs for students aspiring
to a career in mathematics. The Secondary School Teachers Program is one
component of PCMI. The Secondary School Teachers Program summer session
is a three-week experience for secondary mathematics teachers. A
related but separate program is a special one-week session for mathematics
supervisors or curriculum coordinators.
All teachers should be involved in
Each of these goals is reflected in the three strands that comprise the summer courses and activities.
1. Developing Mathematics: Probability Through Algebra (2 hours per day, 5 days per week)
Focused on learning mathematics by working problems together, this course explores the fundamental mathematics on a topic that has its roots in secondary level, and is related to the mathematical theme of the Institute. Careful work on this topic allows teachers (and students) to understand exactly how elementary and more advanced procedures in the specific content area are derived and generalize. The course is structured so that each participant can work at his/her own level. Those who are more mathematically advanced may be asked to help those with less preparation. The course is conducted by teacher leaders from the PROMYS program at Boston University. The focus of this strand is entirely on mathematics, although opportunity is provided within the course for reflection on the approach used by the instructors and to consider the implications of such an approach for teaching in secondary classrooms. The topic for the summer is described below:
2. Reflecting on practice: Connections to Research (1 hour per day, 5 days per week, plus opportunities for informal sessions in late afternoon and evenings)
After considering research related to teaching and learning mathematics, participants will reflect on the implications of this research for what takes place in classrooms. The discussion will be grounded in the development of lessons, student work, and classroom practice. Participants will work collaboratively to develop teaching and learning resources in order to implement ideas from their discussion. The focus will be on teaching strategies that use problem-solving and open-ended approaches.
3. Working Groups (2 hours, 4 days a week)
As part of their summer activities, each participant selected for the 2007 Secondary School Teacher Summer Program will be assigned to a small subject-specific working group, which will prepare an activity or resource for the profession (with the associated mathematics) for piloting during the following year. The working groups are:
Note that these topics may change before the Summer Session. All participants will be notified of any changes.
The Working Groups will collaborate with others in their group to produce some product that can be shared with others at PCMI, and across the larger mathematical education community. Each working group is composed of a small group of teacher participants and a resource person. The group works together to research existing classroom materials and techniques, technologies, and other materials related to the topic, for dissemination and eventual publication by PCMI. The focus of the work should be on:
Applicants should rank their first, second, and third choice of Working Group on the application form. After applicants are accepted and named to a Working Group, some preparation in the form of reading or materials review may be suggested by working group leaders.
SSTP Professional Development and Outreach Groups
Teachers in the PDO groups meet regularly to
The classic PDO group is facilitated by a cooperating university or college faculty person.
Professional Development and Outreach groups currently active:
Boston University, Boston, MA (PROMYS for TEACHERS); Glenn Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA; Darryl Yong, email@example.com
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; Susana Salamanca-Riba, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; Joanne Becker, email@example.com
St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ (Northern NJ Professional Development and Outreach Group); Brian Hopkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (McAllen ISD); Max Warshauer, email@example.com
University of Michigan at Dearborn, Dearborn, MI; Roger Verhey, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Texas Pan American, Edinburgh, TX (McAllen ISD); Roger Knobel, email@example.com
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Northwest Mathematics Interaction); James King, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigham Young University, UT; David Wright, email@example.com.
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA; (facilitator position open, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Purdue University; (facilitator position open, contact email@example.com)
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI; (facilitator position open, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; David Minda, email@example.com; Charles Groetsch, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; James Carlson, email@example.com
PCMI is always interested in forming new Professional Development and Outreach groups and invites teachers or university faculty to consider forming such a group for future involvement in PCMI. For information on how to apply, such groups should contact Catherine Giesbrecht, PCMI Administrator, at 801-581-7467, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three PDO groups host their own summer institutes for teachers with the PCMI Summer Institute in Park City. Teacher participants from these regions are encouraged to complete the local summer program before applying to the Park City summer program. These groups are:
PROMYS for TEACHERS (at Boston University). This program is in session
concurrently with the PCMI Summer Session.