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Systemic Initiative
Posted: Feb 19, 1995 7:43 PM
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Karen asked about the SSIs and how they look in other states. In
New Mexico different groups apply to present summer institutes which
range from 1 to 3 weeks. New Mexico FAME presents one, Martin Marietta
is going to do an academy this summer, UNM School of Architecture,
various professors and groups of people put them out. There is
SUPPOSED to be ongoing support throughout the year--depends on who
ran the summer institute--FAME provided good support, but there isn't
much budgeted for that. Teachers who attend the institutes are part
of Change Angent teams at their schools and are expected to be leaders
in Science and Math upon their return. They usually get to go to more
than one institute. The school received some money for materials.

As you can imagine, the quality of the institutes ranges widely--not
all are very good. I REALLY worry about the emphasis on "integration."
Often the institutes are far more science based with math an add-on
to show how math COULD BE involved. Or how, since you're outside you
could count the leaves that have fallen, make a graph, and there you
have math. They often don"t stop to think about how children cannot
just "intuit" graphing and that some actual instruction may need to
be involved. They DON'T include how that instruction might look, just
math activities that could be "integrated."

I was on the steering committee out of the (then) governor's office
which ultimately produced the grant. The way it looks now has
very little relation to what we wrote!! But I believe it is
definitely better than nothing! Cindy

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