Friday, June 26, 2009

Dev-TE@M to build practice-focused professional development modules

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A new project was recently  founded at the school: Developing Teaching Expertise @ Mathematics (Dev-TE@M).

The Dev-TE@M project is a partnership with Cisco Learning Institute (CLI), a non-profit organization that works to change the way teachers teach and students learn through technology. The goals of the project are to build practice-focused professional development modules.  These modules are designed for elementary teachers who teach mathematics and may play leadership roles in mathematics education. Dev-TE@M is developing a prototype module that will integrate four elements of content: mathematics geared to the demands of teaching, instructional practices for diverse classrooms and contexts, students’ ideas and ways of thinking about mathematics, and approaches to systematically learn from and improve teaching. The Dev-TE@M project’s overall aim is to use innovative technologies to build interactive modules that will provide high-quality learning experiences and assessments that are accessible, coherent, and usable at scale.  Over the next two years of the project, Dev-TE@M will lead a group of mathematics teacher educators from across the country in developing a coherent set of professional learning modules which will serve as the foundation for CLI’s national K-5 Mathematics Specialist Academy and their vision for an Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) endorsement program.

The project leads are Tim Boerst, clinical associate professor, Kara Suzuka, assistant research scientist, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the U-M School of Education and William H. Payne Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Hyman Bass, Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics & Mathematics Education. Dev-TE@M has a website. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Dev-TE@M project, please contact the group by email at or by phone at 734-647-7449.

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