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“Taught in the Middle” Meeting the State\'s Growing Need for Grades 6-8 Math Teachers. Carol Fry Bohlin ~ [email protected] California State University, Fresno CMC-South Conference • 7 November 2009. Challenges.

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taught in the middle meeting the state s growing need for grades 6 8 math teachers

“Taught in the Middle”Meeting the State\'s Growing Need for Grades 6-8 Math Teachers

Carol Fry Bohlin ~ [email protected]

California State University, Fresno

CMC-South Conference • 7 November 2009

challenges
Challenges...
  • There’s an increasing need for credentialed middle school math teachers due to retirements, an increase in student population, and the requirement that teachers be NCLB-compliant, not just hold a Supplementary Authorization in mathematics.
  • California doesn’t currently have a Middle School credential, which would likely be an attractive option to many students.
    • The Liberal Studies Major at Fresno State includes a 12-unit concentration area in upper-division coursework. Math is popular and the courses are excellent, but a Subject Matter Authorization in Mathematics requires considerably more units of math coursework (32 total).
    • Most Multiple Subject teachers who are teaching mathematics hold little more than a Supplementary Authorization (if that); to become NCLB-compliant, they are drawn to the CSET option.
  • Fortunately, MSTI can help provide quality workshops and coursework to help teachers obtain a NCLB-compliant Single-Subject Credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics.
a team effort to meet the challenge
A Team Effort to Meet the Challenge!
  • Mathematicians co-developed and co-taught mathematicially-rigorous 45-hour workshops for Mathematics CSET Subtest I and II preparation.
  • Math educators and talented secondary math teachers co-developed and co-taught a new Middle School Math Methods course this summer.
schedule target audience
Schedule ~ Target Audience
  • Academic Year
    • CSET Subtest I and II Workshops (Subtest III planned for Spring)
      • Target Audience: Multiple Subject candidates (all receive invitations and information via email to attend) plus area teachers (SJVMP and CVSP + district and county office emails)
      • Free or very inexpensive ($25)
    • Middle School Mathematics Teaching Methods (CI 161)-Stateside
      • Target Audience: Multiple Subject Candidates and Liberal Studies/Blended Program majors
      • No extra charge for fulltime students; Open University available
  • Summer
    • CSET Subtest I and II Workshops
      • Target: Multiple Subject candidates and (especially) teachers
      • Free or inexpensive (30 teachers in each section)
    • Middle School Mathematics Teaching Methods
      • Target: Multiple Subject-credentialed teachers
      • Free or inexpensive (60 teachers enrolled this past summer)
perks
Perks...
  • Excellent courses and workshops with outstanding mathematics teachers
  • Math/Science CSET and credential application fees paid
  • Regular email communication about upcoming events
  • Access to free MSTI-sponsored Science CSET Subtest workshops in case they wish to add on a Foundational-Level General Science credential
  • Invitations to join SJVMP- and CVSP-sponsored activities (e.g., Tech Day: GeoGebra, graphing calculators, robotics,...)
  • Free subscription to COMET (California Online Mathematics Education Times)
  • ...and for the math professors, an opportunity to work with classroom teachers, to plan and teach with their math colleagues, and to develop potentially publishable materials
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