Math Science Partnership
What is PD3?
The Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute (IAS/PCMI), a residential three-week summer experience, comprises seven programs: research mathematicians, graduate students, undergraduate faculty, undergraduate students, an international seminar, mathematics education research, and secondary school teachers. The Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP) at PCMI brings together teachers from across the United States to do mathematics, reflect on the practice of teaching, and work together on a project related to a specific area of mathematics.
Historically, locally-situated Professional Development and Outreach (PDO) groups, funded through the Institute for Advanced Study (with private funds) for activities during the school year, are connected to the SSTP. These PDO groups consist of a university mathematician who collaborates with area teachers to design ongoing year-round activities related to mathematics education. The fundamental unit of change is the individual teacher, with the expectation that the teacher's school will benefit from this involvement. The participants are self-selected from various school districts within the region of the partnering university. PDO Group activities take a variety of forms such as holding workshops for other teachers, meeting to do and discuss mathematics, or lesson study. There are currently seven active PDO groups (University of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, San Jose State University, Harvey Mudd College, St. Peter's College in New Jersey, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Dearborn) [http://mathforum.org/pcmi/hstp/pdo.html].
The IAS/PCMI's MSP project, PD3, builds on the PDO concept; however the strategic plan of the MSP project, while starting with individual teachers, goes far deeper and has a much broader vision of impact than the PDO concept. Partnership driven (IAS, IHE STEM and education faculty, school districts, teachers), PD3 moves from individual teachers across schools to a critical mass of teachers within a school where the unit of change is the school and the mathematics teaching and learning in that school. PD3 is focused on teacher quality, with challenging mathematics courses for teacher professional development as a core part of our work.
Teacher leadership development and the research into its ingredients were to be the product of the first three-year MSP cycle with school-wide transformation envisioned for a second stage of the project. The project design is based on evidence, and continuing data collection informs modifications in the original design. The desired outcomes of the PD3 project are:
The PD3 model has two parts. First, PD3 gathers a critical mass of mathematics teachers from a given school and, within a larger community of selected teachers, gives them an intensive three-week summer experience in
Second, once empowered, these teachers then work with a support team from the school and the university to help their mathematics department change in ways that will result in improved student achievement throughout the school. During the academic year, the support mechanism for the PD3 teachers is a team consisting of
At each site, this team works with the teachers to design activities that address identified needs in each school and to help them as a larger group consider how to improve instruction in their classes. Specific details can be found at each site's webpage: McAllen site || Seattle site
Additional Information and Links
PCMI@MathForum Home || IAS/PCMI Home
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0314808.