For a fifth straight year, Marietta College's Department of Education is conducting the Academy for Excellence in Math Education program for Ohio teachers in grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The program, which is funded through the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, focuses on how the brain learns mathematics and how to use the Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum to improve teaching and learning through collaboration. All participants who complete the entire program will receive nine hours of graduate credit, a teacher-stipend of $30 per day for each of the 12 days for a total of $360, $250 in participant-selected materials for use in the classroom.
Elaine O'Rourke is director of the program.
The Academy starts with a full-day required orientation and registration on Saturday, April 14. Next is a 10-day Summer Institute, which includes working with pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade students from area summer programs, held June 11-22.
There will also be three online courses throughout the program. Starting with "How the Brain Learns Mathematics," from April 14-June 12; "Improving Instruction and Learning," from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013; and a self-paced mathematics content course from April 14, 2012 to April 13, 2013.
The program culminates with a Presentation Day on April 13, 2013.
Enrollment for all accepted teachers is free, but a one-time, non-refundable $50 processing fee will be charged.
Teachers will be selected on the following criteria:
- Teachers from high-needs partner districts and/or schools will be given first preference.
- Teachers from other high-need districts and/or schools will be given preference in the selection process.
- Selection of the remaining participants for the Academy will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If there are more applicants than available spots a wait list will be maintained based on the dates the applications are received.
The program is divided into four academic levels-pre-K-K, 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Enrollment at this level is limited to 45 participants.
The deadline to submit an application is March 9.