Professional development for inservice K-8 mathematics teachers is vital to support teachersâ€™ growth in the field. This webinar will focus on two NSF projects â€” a STEM-C project emphasizing mathematical modeling and an MSP project supporting teachers in advancing their knowledge about the teaching and learning of middle school mathematics. The STEM-C project engaged K-6 teachers in California, Montana and Virginia in one week of professional development (PD) followed by teacher study groups and a culminating conference. In this webinar we will focus on parallels between the affordances of mathematical modeling in three contexts: professional development, teaching and learning of mathematics. The MSP project was led by community college faculty to build partnerships among Arizona schools/districts and the colleges. Teachers were supported in shifting their thinking about mathematics as a set of skills and procedures to thinking about mathematics as a collection of well-connected ideas that anchors their curriculum and instruction. Participants will leave with ideas about how they can positively impact teachers' relationships with mathematics through professional development.

Title: IMMERSION: Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary GradesPresenter(s): Rachel Levy, Kristi Gaines, Jennifer M. Suh, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Leanne Yenny | |

Title: Inspiring Our Youngest MathematiciansPresenter(s): April Strom |