Mason Welcomes Mathematics Specialists for Daylong Institute

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: October 24, 2013 at 7:03 am

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Math specialists from throughout the region will gather at George Mason University for the very first Math Specialist Institute. The institute takes place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Mason Hall on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

The Math Specialist Institute is a special one-day professional development and networking opportunity for practicing mathematics specialists, as well as math resource teachers, math coaches and math teacher leaders.

The institute will include panel sessions and discussion groups on how to increase the effectiveness of math instruction that leads to achievement among students. Other topics will focus on leading professional learning communities, coaching teachers individually, working with principals and leading professional development for teachers.

Pat Campbell, associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker. She has worked in mathematics teacher professional development and with math specialists.

“This is an opportunity to bring together the best mathematics educators in the region and to begin building the foundation for a community of practice focused on increasing math abilities among all students,” said Margret Hjalmarson, associate professor and academic program coordinator for the Mathematics Education Leadership Program.

The event is offered by the Mathematics Specialist Leader (K-8) Program within Mason’s College of Education and Human Development, the Mathematics Education Center and the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition.

For more information about the event and to register, visit the Math Specialist Institute website.

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