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
The Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers at the University of Idaho and Idaho State University are excited to invite you to the Regional Academy on Mathematics and Science Education: Noticing and Number Talks in Twin Falls, ID. It will be held at the College of Southern Idaho, 315 Falls Avenue, on Friday evening and Saturday, October 9 and 10. Join us in learning about noticing students’ mathematical thinking (K-12) and scientific thinking (K-5). Keynote speaker, Dr. Brad Findell, will discuss the importance and methods for noticing students’ thinking and making decisions accordingly. Additionally, in grade band breakout sessions (K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12), teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to engage in discourse about number talks and how to ask questions that will elicit students’ understanding. There will be an administrator-specific afternoon breakout.
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.