Teacher Leadership Program 2015

— With program support provided by Math for America


Making Mathematical Connections

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 Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) Summer Session is a 3-week residential program in Park City, Utah and is part of the larger PCMI program. The TLP is for school teachers who specialize in mathematics for grades 2-12. Some financial assistance from PCMI may be available to those not sponsored by their district or organization. A full menu of costs is available through email inquiry to pcmi@ias.edu. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington for a modest fee.

The 25th Annual PCMI Summer Session will be held June 28 – July 18, 2015.

Click HERE to apply to the Teacher Leadership Program.

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The TLP is structured around three goals:

All teachers should be involved in

  • continuing to learn and do mathematics
  • analyzing and refining classroom practice
  • becoming resources to colleagues and the profession.

Each of these goals is reflected in the three strands that comprise the summer courses and activities.

Math Course: Some Applications of Geometric Thinking

Participants in this course will exercise some geometric habits of mind like creating functions that can give insight on a geometric problem, or looking for things that don't change when the inputs of a function change. We'll apply these habits to a wide variety of situations, including geometric optimization and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. We will explore some of these topics using dynamic geometry environments.


Reflecting on Practice: Using Formative Assessment to Inform Instruction

Does what students say matter? How can you figure out what they are thinking about math? And then, what do you do with what you hear?

Participants will consider research related to teaching and learning mathematics with a particular focus on student thinking and how it can be used to shape instruction and confront misconceptions. The discussion will be grounded in the study of lessons and classroom practice in both the United States and other countries as participants work collaboratively to better understand how they can design and use formative assessment in their own classrooms.


Working Groups

(2 hours, 4 days a week)

As part of the summer activities, each participant selected for the Teacher Leadership Program will be assigned to a small team that will focus on an activity related to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics or to related state standards and designed for use in professional development with teachers, or to one of two special working groups.* The assignments will be made based on participant interest and experience as well as the needs identified by schools and districts. The teams will be formed by grade level (elementary, middle school, high school) with respect to content related to number, measurement, ratios, algebra, geometry, functions, or statistics.

*One special working group is Lesson Study in which participants will design and deliver a lesson to area high school students during the three-week session and revise the lesson for use by other mathematics educators

*The second special working group will take part in a course from the Undergraduate Summer School, Algebraic Geometry: Flag Varieties and Representations, which will include individual or group projects in counting geometric objects.

All participants will be consulted and notified of their working group assignments prior to the Institute.

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.