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1 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Larry Campbell Terry Goodman

2 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Founded on the following premises: Classroom teachers are the persons most responsible for creating an environment that supports student learning. Elementary teachers’ mathematics content knowledge has a significant effect on their ability to teach mathematics Teachers benefit most from professional development that is on-going, school-based, and that includes mentoring from Master Teachers

3 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Two-week summer content Academies - focus on enhancing teacher content knowledge (number and operations; geometry and measurement) Week three focus on connecting teacher knowledge to growth in student understanding (Growth Points Inventory Workshop) and academic year PD planning Academic year professional development follow-up activities

4 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Master Teachers (MTs) 90% were K-8 teachers (rest were math/math ed faculty) Recruited and organized by Co-PIs Responsible for writing and teaching content lessons

5 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Process for Creating Lessons MTs and Co-PIs identified number/operations and geometry/measurement as key strands in the elementary curriculum MTs and Co-PIs identified “big ideas/core concepts” for each strand Small group of MTs formed a Writing Group that developed initial drafts of the lessons

6 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Format of the Lessons Each lesson built around one or more “big ideas” Lesson activities were hands-on explorations (mostly in small groups) Pedagogical issues/questions arose naturally

7 Missouri Elementary Mathematics Leadership Academy Teaching the Lessons 8 teams of 20+/- teachers with 4-5 MTs leading a team Sought to create a challenging, yet supportive environment for the participants (teachers indicated they were “stretched, but felt safe”) Teachers were learning in an environment that we would want them to create for their students

8 The instructional practices and assessments discussed or shown in this presentation are not intended as an endorsement by the U. S. Department of Education.


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