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The Math in the Middle Institute: Strengthening Middle Level Teachers' Mathematical and Pedagogical Capabilities

Abstract

Improving teacher quality is identified as a national need in mathematics education and one many universities and K-12 schools across the country are working in partnership to try to address. This article describes a graduate professional development program for certified teachers that leads to Master's Degrees for participants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln aimed at improving mathematics teaching and learning in the middle grades. An overview of the institutional context for middle level mathematics teacher education in which this professional development program is situated is presented. This is followed by an overview of the National Science Foundation grant that developed the Math in the Middle Institute and a description of the institute. The article concludes with brief advice for mathematicians and educators to work in collaboration as they use this article and our website to create their own program for middle level teachers.

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