[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 also think this information is important to the community ... many thanks.] *******************************************************
IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute High School Teacher Program 1999-2001
The Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) is a unique mathematics program designed to foster mathematics education reform and mathematics 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 researchers, 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 mathematics 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 presentations 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.
The 1999 PCMI Summer Session will be held June 20 to July 10 at The Inn at Prospector 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 "microcosms" 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 classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to create networks of mathematical concepts using their own ideas.
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 Web.
The advanced mathematics course will emphasize analytic geometry ? the interaction 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.
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 years; . 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 is available and may include any or all of the following: airfare, Program.
Sites for 1999-2001 will include Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan at Dearborn. An announcement about additional sites is pending.
Catherine Jordan, Administrator IAS/PCMI Institute for Advanced Study Olden Lane Princeton NJ 08540 1-800-726-4427 (phone) 1-609-951-4481 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ias.edu/park.htm
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) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Michigan at Dearborn Site Roger Verhey, Site Director Department of Mathematics University of Michigan at Dearborn Dearborn MI 48128 1-313-593-5513 email@example.com **************************************************** * Jerry P. Becker Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA Fax: (618)453-4244 Phone: (618)453-4241 (office) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org