Grant Boosts Math Instruction; Teacher Workshop Begins July 18
University recently received a $168,062 grant from the Alabama Commission
on Higher Education to fund a program called Exploring Mathematical
Concepts through Applications of Technology (EMCAT). EMCAT is professional
development program for in-service teachers designed to increase secondary
mathematics teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge with the aim
of improving mathematics achievement of all students in the public school
goal in seeking funding for EMCAT is to provide state of the art mathematics
instruction for secondary mathematics teachers that includes the latest
technology available for classroom use," said Dr. Cynthia Harper,
professor and dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.
side benefit is that math faculty from both the College of Education
and Professional Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences plan to
continue advanced instruction during scheduled visits to participants'
schools in the fall semester 2005. Making the classroom follow-up visits
will provide faculty the opportunity to observe teacher participants
as they apply the mathematical and technological principles and strategies
learned during the summer sessions."
mathematics teachers from around the area will study under the faculty
of JSU's College of Education and Professional Studies and the Department
of Mathematics, Computing, and Information Sciences in a coordinated
effort to improve mathematics instruction offered to high school students
throughout the region.
is exciting to see two JSU colleges working together with top secondary
mathematics educators, with the goal of improving instruction and creating
students who are better prepared to enter college and the workforce,"
said Dr. Jan Case, the head of the department of MCIS.
grant money will be used to conduct workshops on the campus of JSU from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week of July 18 through 23. The five-day
summer workshop is designed to provide assistance to math teachers to
help with the integration of technology into their respective classrooms.
week will include a focus on the five mathematical categories specified
by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM): number and
operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability.
the generosity of JSU and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education,
the teachers will incur no expense but will reap numerous benefits such
as three credit hours of graduate-level mathematics (the course MS 549),
including textbook, up to $1,000 worth of software and other teaching
aids, and a Texas Instruments TI-83 graphing calculator.
teachers will also receive an all expense-paid trip to the NASA facility
in Huntsville to learn about materials available for classroom use.
Two other follow-up workshops will be held to assist the teachers with
the implementation of new teaching methods. The grant will pay for the
teacher's substitute while they attend the workshops in the fall.
is an extraordinary opportunity for secondary teachers," said Dr. Case
"Hopefully, funding can be obtained to extend the opportunity to another
group of teachers next year." JSU desires to provide the very best in
teacher preparation and professional development. EMCAT is just one
example of the value that JSU places on quality educational experience.
is limited to 30 and only 22 seats remain. Preregistration is required.
For more information contact Dr. Delisa Dismukes at email@example.com
or Dr. Jan Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to participate in the workshop may download an application
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