PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Center designs and delivers professional development training programs for schools. Please contact the Director, Dr. Margret Hjalmarson (mhjalmar@gmu.edu, 703-993-4818), for more information on how we can meet your school's professional development needs or if you are interested in collaboration on funded projects. 

ACT now: Algebraic Connections and Technology for the Middle Grades State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, NCLB Teacher Quality Improvement Grant ($73,000, 2008-09).

This grant funded a 2008-2009 NCLB project consisting of two phases. The first phase was completed in August 2008. Forty-one Fairfax County public school teachers participated in an 8-day institute which focused on making algebraic connections at all levels of elementary and middle school mathematics, with an emphasis on integrating technology. The second phase occurred in the Fall 2008 semester, during which teachers participated in Lesson Study in their respective schools. In addition to these two phases of the project, teachers earned 3 graduate-level credits at GMU, and they will attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in April, 2009 to disseminate their learning. (Jennifer Suh, Padhu Seshaiyar, Margret Hjalmarson)

Math Bridges II - Concepts & Connections in the K-8 Standards. ($95,203, 2003-2004).

This professional development project was funded by a Teacher Quality Enhancement Federal Grant under the No Child Left Behind Act, and administered through the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program. The goal of the project was to provide professional development in the use of concrete and virtual manipulatives for 80 K-8 teachers in the Loudoun County Public School System.  

Math Bridges: Concepts and Connections in the K-8 Standards. (2002-2003).

This professional development project was funded by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Virginia. The project goal was to use concrete and virtual manipulatives to bridge gaps among different forms of representation (concrete, pictorial, virtual, and symbolic) for learning concepts and making connections in mathematics. Teachers were supported with materials and strategies for implementing high-quality mathematics instruction in their classrooms.  (Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Johnna Bolyard, Denise Frye, Jennifer Suh, Lorraine Smith)

M2ATH FACTS Project: Mathematics Manipulatives and Technology for Fairfax County Middle School Special Education Teachers. (2001-2002)

This professional development project was funded by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Virginia.  The project goal was to provide professional development in rigorous mathematics content using research-based instructional practices and a variety of mathematics tools to support middle grades special education teachers in the implementation of high quality mathematics instruction in their classrooms. (Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Noel Klimenko & Johnna Bolyard)