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APRIL STROM

Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Arizona Mathematics Partnership (AMP)

NSF Awards: 1103080

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

Our video showcases the Arizona Mathematics Partnership (AMP) – a targeted MSP project that supports teachers in advancing their knowledge about the teaching and learning of middle school mathematics, as well as developmental mathematics in community colleges. AMP provides a systemic model of sustainable professional development in partner schools and colleges to achieve the goal of increasing student achievement in middle school mathematics courses. AMP also produces research about the characteristics and mechanisms of a sustainable professional development program, as well as contributes to the body of knowledge for understanding teachers’ and students’ mathematical thinking and beliefs.

Participating teachers and administrators are actively engaged in: Institutes/Workshops that emphasize development of conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills; Collaborative Communities of Learners (CCOLs) that help teachers connect what they learn in the Workshops with their classroom practice; Instructional Rounds that engage administrators; and Targeted Development of Teacher Leaders to sustain the CCOLs beyond the project’s life. Pre-service teachers from the partner community colleges engage in project activities, including research endeavors and field experiences.

AMP establishes strong partnerships among community colleges and middle schools. The opportunity for community college faculty, middle school administrators and teachers, and community college students to collaborate in professional development activities differentiates this MSP from past projects. AMP also focuses on developing teachers’ deep conceptions of the “big ideas” of middle school mathematics. Teachers are supported in shifting their thinking about mathematics as a set of skills and procedures to thinking about mathematics as a collection of well-connected ideas.

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