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Partnership Introduces Wilmington University Teachers to ‘Improved’ Math Model
Wilmington University’s College of Education has teamed up with the Brandywine School District to provide teachers with a new scholarship. Its purpose is to improve instructors’ content knowledge and reflect shifts in common core state standards through introducing Singapore Math.
Singapore Math is a mathematical model that gives teachers and learners deeper insight into the “why” of mathematical thinking in addition to the “how” of doing mathematics. A new course, MED 6000, Elementary Mathematics for Teachers, is being offered during the Fall Block II at the Wilson Graduate Center, tuition-free, to a select group of teachers.
“The collaboration is designed to improve the teaching and learning of [and attitudes toward] mathematics in the schools as well as in our own college classrooms and courses,” said Dr. John Gray, Dean of the College of Education. Singapore math method has been credited for improved DCAS scores in early adopter schools throughout the country.
The course will be team-taught by Hester Sutton and Sarah Todorow, both experienced math educators who have been rolling out Singapore math in Delaware over the last year. Hester has been in education for 17 years and has been instrumental in implementing the new math style to the district. Sarah was a part of the Singapore Math pilot in 2007 and joined Sutton to train teachers in 2011.
“The course is conducted as a series of workshops with lesson models and many hands on activities,” said Sarah Todorow. “We are receiving wonderful feedback from the students and seeing real changes in their classroom instruction.”
Following MED 6000, participants will be able to take a second, more advanced course, which is also covered by the scholarship.
This initiative is part of a continuing collaboration between the College of Education, the Brandywine school district and the Delaware Foundation for Science/Math Education.
For more information, visit the Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education at www.dfsme.net.
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