Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities for Mathematics and Science Educators

East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education is a premier provider of professional development for math and science teachers in the region’s schools. The Center offers a variety of on-site, tailored professional development workshops as well as state and regional conferences, all of which are recognized as the highest quality, most comprehensive PD opportunities available to math and science educators.

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Reaching for Excellence in Middle and High School Science Teaching and Learning Partnership

Date: June 8-19, 2009

Location: Room 216 Brown Hall (Science Building) East Tennessee State University

Times: Each day from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please view the brochure and complete the application and return to the address provided as soon as possible.

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Reaching for Excellence in Middle and High School Science Partnership: This project seeks to address the changing and more challenging state science standards by deepening teacher content knowledge, increasing student achievement, aligning the curriculum with state standards, increasing the number of teachers participating in standards-based professional development and providing training on standards-based resources and materials.

Eastman Scholars Mathletes Project: The ESMP is a long-term effort to improve mathematics education in the region's schools. Supporting by the Eastman Chemical Company, the project seeks to deepening teacher content knowledge in mathematics (grades 3-8), close the mathematics achievement gap, increase the number of teachers participating in mathematics professional development, align the math curriculum with the state math standards and provide training in standards-based resources and materials.

Reaching for Excellence in Mathematics Education: Supported by the Niswonger Foundation, the REME pedagogical knowledge, align math curriculum with Tennessee math standards, and explore standards-based resource materials.

Unicoi Math Project: This project seeks to improve mathematics teaching and learning (grades K-8) in the Unicoi School District.

GEAR-UP High School Mathematics Project: This project seeks to improve high school mathematics teaching and learning in the following school districts: Campbell County, Carter County, Cocke County, and Union County.

Talent Expansion in Quantitative Biology

The TEQB project is a joint offering between the Departments of Mathematics and Biological Sciences and in conjunction with the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education. The project seeks to graduate 60 majors in high-demand non-traditional concentration, namely quantitative and computational biological/biomedical science. It gains it strengths from a new curriculum that aggressively discards many traditionally required courses, while placing research squarely into the center stage of all activities.

Grades K-12 Graduate Fellowship: Science First!

This project provides funding for graduate students in biology, chemistry, and mathematics disciplines to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the twenty-first century.

Symbiosis: An Integrated First Year Mathematics and Biology Program

Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the HHMI Symbiosis program at ETSU is an inquiry-based, active-learning curriculum in which math and biology are integrated into a coordinated, mutually beneficial relationship, beginning at the earliest stages of a student’s career. 

For more information:  http://www.etsu.edu/cas/symbiosis/