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Outreach

Summer Workshops for Teachers

The Q-Center has collaborated with the College of Education on running summer workshops for K-8 mathematics teachers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Kansas State Department of Education, and the Kansas Board of Regents. Together, we have applied for and received seven grants to fund workshops: the ACUMEN grant (2004 through 2006), the Infinite Math Project (IMP) (2007 through 2009), the RENEW Leadership Academy (2009 through 2011), Project QUEST (2012 through 2014), Project MILeS (2013 through 2015), and Project Achieve (2016-2018). Most of these workshops have been built on what we call the C 3 model, where teachers take a challenging content course in the morning which models effective pedagogy, and then take a pedagogical course in the afternoon which addresses how to merge such content into their instruction. The RENEW Academy also included a leadership component in which teachers were required to collaborate with colleagues and advocate for changes in their own schools. Approximately 40 teachers participate in the workshops each summer, with more than half returning for subsequent years' sessions. For 2016 and 2017, the Q-Center has obtained funding to offer workshops in both Garden City and Manhattan. The mathematical content portions for the summer workshops have included:

  • Concepts of Calculus (June 2007)
  • Number Theory: The Number Devil (June 2008)
  • Cryptology (June 2009)
  • Math by Inquiry: Fractions and Ratios (August 2009)
  • Geometry and Art (June 2010)
  • History of Computation (June 2011)
  • Financial Mathematics and Probability (June 2012)
  • Fractions (June 2013)
  • Crytology (June 2013)
  • Number Sense (June 2014)
  • The Number Devil (June 2014)
  • Geometry and Measure (June 2015)
  • Conceptual Analysis of Historic Procedural Algorithms (June 2016)
  • Modern Computation (June 2017)
  • Mathematical Modeling (June 2018)

 

 

 

 

Outreach to Community Colleges

We have also looked to improve outreach to other colleges, especially to community colleges. Dr. Andrew Bennett serves on the organizing committee for the Kansas City Regional Mathematics Technology Expo, where participants from a five-state region (and occasional outliers) gather to share ideas on effective use of technology. This conference attracts nearly equal participation from high schools, two-year schools, and four-year schools, and it has been a vehicle for working more closely with community colleges, who have been excited about our presentations on Studio College Algebra. For example, we have collaborated with Johnson County Community College to offer a section of Studio College Algebra at the JCCC campus. We are now pursuing funding for workshops to support studio versions at other schools, with the goals that students transferring from community colleges will be better prepared and that community college students will learn that K-State offers the most modern and effective instruction.