To enhance professional growth, content knowledge, and instructional practices of middle school mathematics teachers and to increase their students' understanding of mathematics, NIU engaged 25 middle school teachers in a high-needs district to complete an MST degree with specialization in Middle School Mathematics Education. Besides course work, the program includes reflection and school-based assignments that link research and practice, and professional development that emphasizes problem solving, communication, inquiry, students' mathematical thinking, and connecting mathematics to subjects such as sciences and engineering.


    Contact

    Helen Khoury
    hkhoury@niu.edu
    (815) 753-6745

    Mary Shafer
    mshafer@niu.edu
    (815) 753-6764

    http://www.niu.edu/northerntoday/2009/feb2/math.shtml

    Excellence in the Middle: Enhancing Mathematics Pedagogy with Connections in Science and Engineering