EnCoMPASS (Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment) seeks to enhance the ability of teachers to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education through improved assessment of and feedback on student work. The project will develop an innovative integrated system of professional development, educational materials, and an online community grounded in the practice of formative assessment.
EnCoMPASS focuses on the development of an online professional teaching community where educators develop their content knowledge and become more effective at supporting the mathematical development of individual students. The project uses a design research methodology that begins with conjectures about the importance of:
Through EnCoMPASS we will test and revise particular aspects of these initial design conjectures and use this setting to study:
Professional development and the development of educational materials are key components to this study. The EnCoMPASS project will provide extensive professional development for 75 fellows who will be recruited from Drexel’s partner school districts and the broader Math Forum community, both of which include significant proportions of underrepresented minorities.
The project will have significant impact, both regionally and nationally. In addition to directly involving hundreds of teachers and thousands of students, both the online community and educational resources will be developed to enhance the likelihood of sustainability. Ultimately, the project will become an additional Math Forum Service and community, potentially impacting the millions of individuals that visit per month as well as provide a resource for other researchers and educational programs.