Summer School Teachers Program 2014

— 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 Summer School Teachers Program (SSTP) Summer Session is a 3-week residential program in Park City, Utah and is part of the larger PCMI program. The SSTP is for school teachers who specialize mathematics grades 3-12. Teachers are given full support and a stipend during the Summer Session. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington for a modest fee.

The 24th Annual PCMI Summer Session will be held June 29 – July 19, 2014.

Click HERE to apply to the Summer School Teachers Program.


The SSTP 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: Fractions, tilings, and geometry

Are there any rectangles whose perimeter and area have the same numerical value?  Are there any rectangular boxes whose surface area and volume have the same numerical value?  Can the plane be tiled with kites and chevrons?  In how many ways can 1/2 be written as a sum of unit fractions?  How are all of these questions related?

We'll investigate these and other delights over the  course of three weeks.  No prior knowledge is assumed---the only prerequisite is a love of working on interesting problems.


Reflecting on Practice: Productive Discussions

Classroom conversations are central in developing student understanding of mathematical concepts.  What should discussions look and sound like to make reasoning and making sense of mathematics the norm?  What are some strategies for managing discussions to enable students to be partners in the learning process? Participants will consider research related to teaching and learning mathematics with a particular focus on facilitating discussions. The work will be grounded in the study of discourse in lessons and classroom practice in the United States and in other countries.


Working Groups

(2 hours, 4 days a week)

As part of the summer activities, each participant selected for the Summer School Teacher Summer 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, either for use with students or for 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 (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school) with respect to content related to the following strands: number, measurement, algebra, geometry, functions, or statistics.  The two special working groups are Lesson Study and Modeling Materials Discretely (this group will attend the Undergraduate Summer School course with this name).   Accepted participants will be notified of their assignment prior to the summer session and specific topics within each content area will be decided upon at that time.

The teams will be responsible for producing lesson plans or activities for teachers to use in their classes or workshops and for preparing implementation strategies for dissemination of the materials.

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.