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Catawba to Offer K-12 Math Teachers Professional Development Program on March 17

March 02, 2017

Category: Academics, Events, Mathematics


mathcircles.jpgAttention K-12 math teachers! Catawba College will offer a free, national professional development program at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17 in the Center for the Environment Room 319 on campus.  This program offering, the second scheduled for this academic year, of the newly formed Central N.C. Math Teachers' Circle and is slated on an early release day for Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

During the first session last fall, 12 RSS teachers from 9 different schools participated.  The participants collaborated on exploring the mathematics behind different voting techniques.

All interested teachers are encouraged to visit the website www.catawba.edu/mathcircles to register for the session.  For more information contact Dr. Sharon Sullivan, associate professor and chair of mathematics at Catawba at slsulliv@catawba.edu.

During spring 2016, Catawba was awarded a grant to start the Central N.C. Math Teachers' Circle by the American Institute of Mathematics.  The Central N.C. Math Teachers' Circle is modelled after the Smokey Mountain Math Teachers' Circle in western North Carolina.

According to Dr. Sullivan, the grant will allow the Central N.C. Math Teachers' Circle to pilot professional development programs this year before offering a three-day summer workshop for area math teachers. In future years, she hopes the Central N.C. Math Teachers' Circle will expand to include neighboring counties.

"The purpose of the Math Teachers' Circle is to get teachers reinvigorated and to provide collaboration among local schools and Catawba faculty," Dr. Sullivan said.  "We also will be looking for opportunities for current Catawba students to be involved with the Circle."

In addition to Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Karen Lucas, an assistant professor of teacher education at Catawba, and Rowan-Salisbury middle school teachers, Renee Fox and Elizabeth Henley, will serve as the leadership team for the March 17th professional development workshop.

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