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Fostering Algebraic Thinking Training (Nov. 15th, 2016)

Crossing the River Task 


On November 15th the math teachers from our three districts met and collaborated in a math workshop led by partner Dr. Ksenija Simic-Muller, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University. The focus of the workshop was to pe into making sense of algebraic thinking through collaborative problem solving. The key learnings from the workshop included teachers’ creation of a definition of algebra, noticing of patterns, general rules, and specific rules for algebraic problems, and creating and presenting visual representations of thinking. The partnership successfully used SKYPE as a live online format to allow the Rochester teachers to participate without having to travel long distance to Tacoma in a night of nasty weather an traffic.

Steilacoom, Eatonville and Rochester (SER) school districts, are the recipients of a large Department of Education/Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Grant for secondary math and science professional development.

The Federal Title IIB Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant supports projects across the state to provide high-quality, content-based math and science professional learning for teachers in an effort to help increase student achievement in math and science.

Fourteen highly competitive proposals were received, which made the selection process extremely challenging. Each proposal was independently and objectively scored by a team of 19 reviewers from OSPI, based on a scoring rubric. The review process consisted of 2 rounds—the First Review and the Second Review; overall strengths and areas of concern were noted.

Steilacoom, Rochester and Eatonville School Districts (Soaring Toward Educational Rigor, SER2) have been selected as

one of the recipients of the Math and Science Partnership Grant for 2015-2018. SER2 is partnering with Teacher

Development Group (TDG), Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), The Boeing Company, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), and others.

Brief Summary of the Focus and Goals 

SER2 Steilacoom, Eatonville, Rochester – Soaring toward Educational Rigor

Content Areas: Math and Science

Partners: Steilacoom, Eatonville, Rochester School Districts, PLU, UWT, TDG and AWSP.

Grade Level: 6-12

Unique Focus: 

  • Collaboration for teachers in three districts that are isolated by location and size.
  •  Professional learning that blends content knowledge and pedagogy provided by TDG, UWT, and PLU; with emphasis on inquiry-based learning.
  • Tie to Open Educational Resource development for sharing lessons, projects, and professional learning modules.

Professional Development:

  • Three, 3-day summer institutes hosted by each district
  • Quarterly Studio professional learning cycles with TDG and inservice provided by TDG and higher education (PLU and UWT) partners.
  • Leadership training for principals to support improved math and science instruction.

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