In an effort to carry forward and advance the work begun with the Idaho Initiative, the State Department of Education and Idaho's Institutions of Higher Education have partnered, thanks to funding from the Idaho Legislature, to support the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers. Through this coordinated, collaborative, and comprehensive statewide effort, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers strive to ensure that Idaho's teachers of mathematics are highly talented, trained, and effective professionals. Operating as regional support centers for all K-12 public schools in Idaho, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers provide professional development for teachers and schools and conduct research to support mathematics teaching and learning in Idaho
Statewide Summer Academy on Mathematics Education - Boise, July 9-10, 2015
The Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers are excited to invite you to the Statewide Summer Academy on Mathematics Education, funded by the Idaho State Department of Education. Join us for this free, two-day conference led by some of Idaho's most effective teachers, sharing practices and ideas they have used to promote students' understanding and Idaho's Core Standards. Presentations from classroom teachers and regional mathematics specialists will focus on specific grade level content and pedagogy (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) with a specific focus on geometry and professional practices in mathematics for K-12 teachers.
Using the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics book series, Developing Essential Understanding of Geometry and Measurement for grades K-2 and 3-5, and Developing Essential Understanding of Geometry for grades 6-8 and 9-12, we will be examining effective classroom practices with a focus on the specifics of students' mathematical reasoning. A copy of these books will be provided for participants in each respective grade session.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jason Zimba, a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners. He holds a B.A. from Williams College with a double major in mathematics and astrophysics; an M.Sc. by research in mathematics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of California at Berkeley.
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We had the distinct pleasure of having Phil Daro, a nationally recognized mathematics educator, as our keynote speaker at our annual conference on July 30-31, 2014. Phil shared a PowerPoint presentation, which you will find below for your reference.
Idaho State University has recently partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, as part as the Idaho Math Initiative to ensure teachers are given the opportunity to stay current in mathematical education and research for their classrooms. There is a mandatory, variable fee associated with the TMT course. It provides course materials and three (3) Continuing Education credits.