05-10-2011 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #46


Title
AIMS Middle and High School Mathematics Workshop

Discussion

The full implementation of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for mathematics provides for a much deeper depth of understanding of the mathematics concepts underlying middle and high school mathematics courses. According to the Florida Department of Education (2011), students must be able to make sense of mathematical problems and concepts, reason abstractly and quantitatively, and be able to apply and model mathematical concepts. Development of mathematical proficiency is crucial to student success in higher-level, more rigorous courses.

Teachers of students in grades 7 through 10 need high-quality professional development support in order to provide students with the rich depth of understanding of mathematical concepts. Sustained professional development through a comprehensive train-the-trainer model builds capacity in the schools and provides teachers with the support necessary to increase both teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

The AIMS Educational Foundation has developed a custom-designed proposal to provide a four-day intensive workshop for 30 middle and high school teachers of mathematics who will then serve as school experts for the mathematics departments at their respective school locations. The proposal includes four (4) days of on-site training and materials, manipulatives, books, and supplies for each of the teachers in attendance. Teachers will engage in hands-on investigations, discuss classroom management theory of an activity oriented mathematics program, and learn how to integrate the instructional strategies into the curriculum for each course.

The provision of this workshop supports the following strategic plan operational expectations:

  • Maximize student potential in core area achievement
    • 1.1.6
    • 1.1.7
  • Close the achievement gap
    • 1.2.5
    • 1.2.7
  • Promote student acquisition of 21st century skills
    • 1.4.2

The total cost for the services, including all associated materials and supplies, is $13,645.00. The contract will be forthcoming prior to approval of consent item.



Recommendation
Approve the proposal from the AIMS Educational Foundation and allow Middle School Programs to contract with AIMS to provide professional development in a train-the-trainer model for 30 middle and high school teachers of mathematics as described above in the amount of $13,645.00

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/10/2011
Consent after Information5/24/2011

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
11$13,645.00Yes43292314902016400312000

Contact

Kim Bragg, Middle School Mathematics and Science Resource Teacher (x332)

Beth Thedy, Director, Middle School Programs (x583)

Sue Carver, Director, Exceptional Education Program Support (x520)

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent-Division of Curriculum and Instruction (x300)