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Participants of the 2017 6-12 Mathematics Academy will work to (1) develop a deeper knowledge of the mathematics at the center of the middle or high school curriculum, (2) analyze, refine, and reflect on classroom practices, and (3) explore how to use this knowledge for the benefit of their students, colleagues, and profession. These goals will be reflected in Academy sessions and activities that challenge participants to think critically about the mathematics they teach, encourage exploration of meaningful tasks designed to promote critical thinking, and consider how students can develop an understanding of key mathematical ideas. The Academy faculty, featuring master teachers and teacher educators, will use current methods and appropriate technology across the content strands to provide a rich learning experience that participants can bring to their own classrooms.
The 2017 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 26 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 30. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 25. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Dr. Leah Shilling is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Longwood University. She received a B.S. in Mathematics from Slippery Rock University, a M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches general education mathematics courses and mathematics content courses for those seeking elementary licensure, and she also supervises practicum courses for secondary education mathematics students. Her research interests include the development and process of change of mathematical beliefs in future and practicing teachers, different mathematical philosophies promoted in curriculum materials, teaching and learning at the post-secondary level, and interdisciplinary learning