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National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
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Session 116: Developing Leadership in Technology Integration: An Effective Online Teacher Workshop Model

Suzanne Alejandre and NSDL Workshop Moderators:

Barbara Delaney, Bellingham, MA
Marie Hogan, West Covina, CA
Lynne Ipiña, Laramie, WY
Glenys Martin, Parkside, Saskatchewan
Ashley Miller, Salisbury, NC

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Room 149AB






Description: Examine a model of professional development from the Math Forum @ Drexel that provides opportunities for teachers to build their understanding of mathematical concepts, explore ways that they can create similar experiences for students, and learn more about resources and support which will enable them to become leaders in this community.

Detailed Description:
The session is grounded in the ongoing teacher development activities of the Math Forum @ Drexel. Since January, 2007, we have been offering online workshops (with fees covered by a National Science Foundation grant) and identifying leaders to facilitate them. Each workshop is divided into six week-long units.

Each unit contains:

  • a mathematics focus
  • software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding
  • problem solving
  • reflection
  • discussion

Research on these activities suggests that there are three types of teacher participants:

  • Those who need support to both see value in online resources and to use them,
  • Those who see value in online resources but need support to use them,
  • Those who see value in online resources and can immediately make use of them

We will discuss our efforts to help teachers develop into skilled users of high-quality, reform-based instructional resources and become leaders who can help others do the same. These efforts focus on math content knowlege, pedagogy, and effective use of technology. In particular, we will:

  • present an overview of each online workshop that has been developed
  • engage participants in one of the online workshop activities
  • provide a schedule of upcoming workshop opportunities for teacher leaders to share with potential participants in their home districts (pre-service or in-service).

We will discuss ongoing research and analysis being conducted by the Math Forum that seeks to identify program elements that engage teachers and those that lead to lasting impact.

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