ALEGRIA! (Algebraic Learning for Elementary Grades: Results, Independence, Achievement)
ALEGRIA! provides professional development to all teachers in Vineyard Elementary School to increase the mathematics learning and achievement overall, and to reduce the achievement gaps; to increase the math conceptual content knowledge and math knowledge for teaching among the teachers, and to increase their use of effective pedagogical skills, especially for ELL/SELs; to promote cultural and systemic change that results in ongoing improvement and that promotes long-term sustainability; and to create a replicable model with evidence-based successes.
ALEGRIA! creates, nurtures, and sustains professional learning communities of teachers and teacher leaders who will achieve the project goals. These communities meet, learn, and practice in summer institutes, meet in grade-level PLCs during the academic year, and participate in lesson study to promote student-centered classrooms and to support transfer of learning to the classroom. Teacher leaders will be identified, trained, mentored, and given leadership opportunities throughout and beyond the project.
The Algebra Institute is a 5 day long institute held once a year in the summer. The Algebra Institute is free and food is provided. During the Algebra Institute, you will accumulate various materials to use in the secondary classroom as well as various methods in which to solve algebraic problems. This institute helps teachers view algebra in multiple ways and helps them to better understand the "Why?" when it comes to solving problems.
Building Number Sense Institute
The CSUSB Inland Counties Mathematics Project is sponsoring an institute which will focus on strengthening number sense by exploring the concepts of number and operations while making connections to algorithms, both standard and non-standard, for different types of numbers. To help deepen mathematical knowledge for teaching, participants will investigate topics across grades 2-7 in the Number and Operations, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, and Number System domains from the Common Core State Standards. Participants will also engage in strategies to foster the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Geometry Institute is a 5 day long institute held once a year in the summer. The Geometry Institute is free and food is provided. During the Geometry Institute, you will accumulate various materials to use in the secondary classroom as well as various methods in which to solve geometric problems. This institute helps teachers view geometry in multiple ways and helps them to better understand the "Why?" when it comes to solving problems.
Standards for Mathematical Practice Institute
To implement the Standards for Math Practice, it is necessary to experience the practice of mathematics. In this institute, teachers will do mathematics as mathematicians, and then reflect on their own work and their thinking processes. Teachers will then consider ways to implement similar activities in their own classrooms in order to develop students' mathematical thinking. We will consider questions such as what conditions are necessary, how can obstacles be overcome, what are realistic goals, and how to adapt the activities to fit into the curriculum?
STIR (Supporting Teachers to Increase Retention)
The goal of STIR is to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate the results of a comprehensive professional development program for secondary level mathematics teachers.
Objectives to be achieved include:
- Improve the retention of secondary mathematics teachers as evidenced by an increase in the number of CMP STIR teachers who are retained each year
- Increase teacher content knowledge as evidenced by self-reports, and pre and post assessments
- Increase teacher pedagogical expertise as evidenced by self-reports and observations
- Build leadership capacity in the school districts as evidenced by an increase in the number of teachers serving as coaches and/or organizing and conducting professional development activities, and serving as co-instructors in ICMP institutes
- Create a culture within the two school districts that supports teachers as lifelong learners, professionals, classroom teachers and leaders as evidenced by the creation and support of new professional learning communities.