Teacher Leadership Program 2018

Making Mathematical Connections

The Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) at the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) Summer Session is a three-week residential professional development program for school teachers, held in Park City, Utah, as part of the larger PCMI program that involves all members of the mathematics community. The purpose of the TLP is to provide opportunities for teachers to experience and enjoy mathematics while participating in developing the art of teaching.

In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington for a modest fee.

The Teacher Leadership Program at PCMI will be held July 1 – 21, 2018.

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.

Goal 1 Math Course: Developing Mathematical Ideas

(2 hours per day, 14 days in session)

In this course, teachers investigate an aspect of mathematics loosely related to the overall mathematical theme of PCMI, Harmonic Analysis. The course is a set of intricately sequenced questions that engage participants in doing mathematics, providing participants with the opportunity for authentic mathematical discovery. Through this experience, participants develop habits of mind for thinking about and doing mathematics, deepening their mathematical intuition, sense-making, and reasoning skills.


Goal 2 Reflecting on Practice: Teaching for Learning

(75 minutes per day, 14 days in session, plus opportunities for informal sessions in late afternoon and evenings)

Teaching consists of many moving parts including choosing tasks, managing discussions, providing feedback, and motivating students to learn. Participants will consider research related to teaching and learning mathematics with a particular focus on developing both conceptual knowledge and procedural fluency. 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 experiences for all of their students that will enable them to grow as learners of mathematics.


Goal 3 Working Groups

(2 hours, 4 days a week)

As part of their summer activities, each participant selected for the Teacher Leadership Program will be assigned to one of three options: 1) a small team that will focus on developing an activity related to providing resources to support teachers as they implement high standards in mathematics classrooms or on a TLP academic year outreach project; 2) a special working group attending a course related to the PCMI research topic Harmonic Analysis; or 3) a working group on lesson study, which 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. These teams will be formed after discussion and input from participants. As part of the online application process, please rank your first, second, and third choice of Working Group.

Working Group choices:

  • Supporting Teachers as Leaders
    •     Algebra
    •     Advanced Algebra
    •     Statistics
    •     Number and Operation
    •     Geometry
    •     Calculus
    •     Social Justice in Mathematics   
    •     PCMI Academic Year Outreach
  • Lesson Study
  • Research Course - Harmonic Analysis

All participants will be notified of their Working Group assignments prior to PCMI. Participants also will take part in a discussion of possible topics and foci for their Working Groups prior to the beginning of the summer program.