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