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The Tidewater Team Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Center
Summer 2010

Funded through a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant from the Department of Education

During the summer of 2010, the project will offer a course focusing on content related to changes in the 7th and 8th Grade Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) for an instructional leader in mathematics from each participating school building. Instructional leaders may choose to attend the session at the College of William and Mary from July 26-30 or at Richard Bland College from August 2-6. Each participating teacher will receive books, other materials, and lunches.

Besides providing intensive, classroom-focused instruction aligned with the 7th and 8th Grade Math SOL, this course will provide the foundation for these leaders, with the help of their principals and appropriate division level supervisors, to develop a plan to transition to the new standards focusing on specific areas that staff development are needed in their building and a schedule for delivering it. Based on these plans, staff development will be offered on-site and through distance learning during the academic year.

On-site follow-up, coaching, and lesson study facilitation will be provided by expert teacher-mentors hired by the project, in collaboration with the instructional leaders from the summer course. A conference featuring presentations on implementing the changes to the Math SOL will provide staff development to an even wider audience. Development of model curriculum will conclude the project on three days during the summer of 2011.

The Virginia Algebra Project
Summer 2010

The Virginia Algebra Project, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, is providing funding for three courses that are required for the Algebra Add-on Certification. They are:

Geometry and Measurement for Teachers (June 21 - July 2, 2010, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.)
Explorations of the foundations of informal measurement and geometry in one, two, and three dimensions. The van Hiele model for geometric learning is used as a framework for how children build their understanding of length, area, volume, angles, and geometric relationships. Visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling are stressed. As appropriate, transformational geometry, congruence, similarity, and geometric constructions will be discussed.

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry (July 5 - 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.)
Examination of functions, relations, quadratic and other polynomial functions as well as exponential, power, and logarithmic functions. Includes topics in trigonometry. The second course in algebra for the preparation of Algebra teachers.

Calculus (July 19 - August 13, 2010, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.)
Standard functions (linear, polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic) and their graphs. Tangents, derivatives, the definite integral and the fundamental theorem. Formulas for differentiation.


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