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Improving the Preparation of Graduate Students to Teach Undergraduate Mathematics June 10, 2019 - June 12, 2019
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Location: SLMath: Baker Board Room
Organizers Jack Bookman (Duke University), Shandy Hauk (San Francisco State University), LEAD Dave Kung (St. Mary's College of Maryland), LEAD Natasha Speer (University of Maine)
Is your department interested in helping graduate students learn to teach? Perhaps your department is considering starting a teaching-focused professional development program. Or maybe your department has a program but is interested in updating and enhancing it. Many departments now offer pre-semester orientations, semester-long seminars, and other opportunities for graduate students who are new to teaching so they will be well-equipped to provide high-quality instruction to undergraduates. The purpose of this workshop is to support faculty from departments that are considering starting a teaching-focused professional development program or, for departments that have a program, to learn ways to improve it. Over the course of three days, participants will: learn how to design a successful graduate student professional development program gain familiarity with research and evaluation related to teaching and instructor preparation gain access to a large collection of lessons, activities, and assignments to use in your program Built into the schedule for the workshop will be time for participants to: plan or revamp their professional development program consider ways of assessing their program network with others from around the country who run graduate student professional development programs Departments are encouraged to send two-person teams to the workshop. We have funds to support lodging (in individual rooms on the campus of UC Berkeley) and food for all participants. Regrettably, we have no funds for travel support. Applications Workshop only open to MSRI Academic Sponsoring Institutions. To apply to attend this workshop, please click HERE.   Applications are due on March 8, 2019; decisions will be made by March 25. We are able to accommodate up to 26 participants. The information you provide on this application will help us learn about your interests and reasons for wanting to attend the workshop. About the leaders of this workshop Natasha Speer Department of Mathematics & Statistics Maine Center for Research in STEM Education The University of Maine Dave Kung Department of Mathematics & Computer Science St. Mary's College of Maryland Director, MAA's Project NExT The workshop leaders are both faculty in departments of mathematics with a variety of experiences related to graduate student professional development. Both do scholarly work on graduate student teaching and learning, including research on knowledge of student thinking and its development. They are contributing authors of the Video Cases for College Mathematics Instructor project, co-leaders of MAA PREP workshops on college mathematics teaching, and are co-authoring a book on student thinking about mathematics for use by novice college mathematics instructors. Dave is director of the Mathematical Association of America’s professional development program for new faculty, MAA Project NExT and Natasha is co-PI on the CoMInDS project.
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Primary Mathematics Subject Classification No Primary AMS MSC
Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC
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Jun 10, 2019
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  Pre-work: Read 4 program profiles
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  Welcome, overview of workshop & Activity #1
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
  Activity #2: Nature of TA's work and goal setting
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Survey Data & Sample Programs
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
  HW: Sketch Out Program Structure
Jun 11, 2019
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Activity #3: Sample TA PD
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Introduction to CoMInDS Resources Suite
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Work time
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
  Lunch w/ Camp Groups
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  PD for on-the-job learning
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Work time
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  Activity #4: Sample TA PD
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  Challenging Scenarios 1
Jun 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Community activity
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Assessing your program
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  Lunch w/ Camp Groups
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  Activity #5: Giving Feedback / Interpreting Student Feedback
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Work time
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  Poster session of program plans