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Jerry P. Becker

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IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute
Posted: Jan 22, 1999 8:50 AM
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[Note: From Patsy Wang-Iverson and the TIMSS-Forum list. If you are not a
high school teacher of mathematics, perhaps you can forward this note to some
you know or work with or to others to whom this may be of interest ... I
think this information is important to the community ... many thanks.]

IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute
High School Teacher Program

The Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) is
a unique
mathematics program designed to foster mathematics education reform and
research. At PCMI researchers, graduate and undergraduate students,
college mathematics
faculty, mathematics education researchers, and high school teachers come
together as
equal partners in a supportive setting. The environment is designed to
enhance education,
research, and communication at all levels.

For high school teachers, involvement in the PCMI is a two-year cycle of
Summer Sessions
linked with participation at a regional college or university-based site.
During each of
the three-week Summer Sessions, the high school teachers work with leading
educators, and other high school teachers from across the country to extend
their thinking
about high school mathematics teaching and to deepen their knowledge of
itself. During the subsequent academic years, the teachers work in
collaboration with
college or university faculty, translating their shared ideas into their
own classrooms,
and working toward the goal of education reform in their schools, school
districts and
communities. Outreach activities range from local in-service workshops to
at the state or national level.

Site Groups and Site Activities

Teachers are selected as members of site groups, continuing their
participation throughout
the two-year cycle of the program. Sites are comprised of teams of 6-8
teachers from the
same city or region, together with a site director who is a mathematician
or a mathematics
educator at a local college or university.

Summer Session

The 1999 PCMI Summer Session will be held June 20 to July 10 at The Inn at
Square, Park City, Utah.

The Summer Session Courses and Laboratories

The formal program for the Summer Session is organized around several
courses. In
addition, there are special programs by guest speakers,
teachers-in-residence, and faculty
of the Summer Session. Most important, however, are the many opportunities
for discussion
among the teachers themselves and with participants from the other programs.

Building Mathematics in the Classroom

Focusing on building connections among curriculum topics and
considering different
configurations of standard material, this course develops classroom
beginning with relatively simple activities which lead into more
complex mathematical
concepts. Teachers first engage in classroom experiences as their
students would, and
then discuss how the process and content may be adapted to their own
Teachers are encouraged to create networks of mathematical concepts
using their own

Teaching Mathematics with Technology

Teachers will use computer software for exploring ideas in geometry
and mathematical
visualization, as a group and in individual projects. A major topic
for the class
will be transformations and symmetry. Participants will experiment,
solve problems,
model objects, and communicate results. They will also find resources
on the World
Wide Web and may create documents on the Web.

The course will consider how to integrate computer technology with
other means of
exploring mathematical ideas, including group work, physical
manipulatives, and
graphing calculators. Teachers will use these tools to make
presentations, work on
projects and presentations, and to plan ways to use technology in
their classrooms.
The main software tools for the course will be dynamic geometry
software such as The
Geometer's Sketchpad and Cabri Geometry, calculators, and software for
the World Wide

Advanced Mathematics

The advanced mathematics course will emphasize analytic geometry ? the
between geometry and algebra by way of coordinates. This is where the
research topic
of the 1999 Summer Session, arithmetic algebraic geometry, connects
with the high
school curriculum. The advanced mathematics course will be integrated
with the other
two courses, showing how concepts can be approached and explored at
different levels
of sophistication, modeling problem solving as a way of teaching
advanced concepts,
and using technology to enhance understanding.

Application Guidelines

The qualities that PCMI seeks in the teacher participants are a combination of
professional experience and confidence with a willingness to explore new
ideas for
curricula and teaching procedures in high school. Teachers are expected to
be able to
make decisions about the changes they will try in their own classes and
should have the
appropriate administrative support to proceed with their plans.

The two-year commitment to the program incorporates:

. attendance at the 1999 and 2000 Summer Sessions in Park City, Utah,
(June 20-July 10,
1999, and dates pending for 2000);
. considering and attempting to implement changes in your own teaching;
. participation in site activities during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 school
. taking on a leadership role in your community to disseminate reform efforts.

Teachers are recruited by, and apply to, the college or university-based
sites. For
information and an application, please contact the PCMI office (see below).


Application review will begin in February and continue until all positions
have been
filled. Applications should be sent to the Site Director in your area.

Financial Support

Financial support is available and may include any or all of the following:

Sites for 1999-2001 will include Rider University in Lawrenceville, New
Jersey, the
University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan at Dearborn. An
about additional sites is pending.

Contact Information:

Catherine Jordan, Administrator
Institute for Advanced Study
Olden Lane
Princeton NJ 08540
1-800-726-4427 (phone)
1-609-951-4481 (fax)

Rider University Site
Charles Schwartz, Site Director
Ciprian Borcea, Site Director
Department of Mathematics
Rider University
Lawrenceville NJ 08648
1-609-895-5427 (Schwartz)
1-609-896-5091 (Borcea)

University of Cincinnati Site
Charles Groetsch, Site Director
David Minda, Site Director
Department of Mathematics
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0025
1-513-556-4050 (Groetsch)

University of Michigan at Dearborn Site
Roger Verhey, Site Director
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan at Dearborn
Dearborn MI 48128
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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