1. Introduction to the DMI Professional Development Project

Thank you for your interest in the Evaluating DMI (Developing Mathematical Ideas) project. Evaluating DMI is a research project intended to study how DMI professional development seminars affect teachers’ knowledge and classroom practice, and how this in turn affects students’ learning. We are now recruiting teachers to take part in the seminars, and to also be part of the research over the course of two years. As part of the research we will ask you to complete several assessments, logs, and surveys; to allow us to videotape in your classroom once each year; and to assist us in collecting student information such as parental consent forms and various assessments.

The DMI Professional Development seminars will be held in Summer/Fall or Fall/Winter 2011-12 and Summer/Fall or Fall/Winter 2012-13. Teachers who are selected to participate in the study will be randomly assigned into either the 2011 or 2012 group. (We assign between half (1/2) and two-thirds (2/3) of teachers to the 2011 group, so your chances are high that you'll get to do the DMI seminars this year.) However, in order to be eligible to apply, you must currently be available to participate in either group. Selected teachers will be informed of their assigned group by June, 2011.

Each district has a different schedule for DMI seminars. Please see the Evaluating DMI Project Website for details.

Please note that participants will be expected to complete required assignments such as surveys and teacher logs online. Applicants should be comfortable using computers and have reliable internet access.

The deadline for completing this application is

May 27, 2011 for sessions in Boston and Leominster/ Fitchburg and

June 10, 2011 for sessions in Springfield.