MSP Math Title IIB Grant Application

The New York City Mathematics/Science Partnership (MSP) Professional Development Project is focused on promoting increased mathematics and science achievement in grades 6-8 across the city. Through partnerships with college universities and other organizations, teachers will engage in a wide-range of professional learning to strengthen mathematics and science teaching learning.

Mathematics Professional Development Project
The NYCDOE, in partnership with Hunter College, will work with other partner organizations to enhance student achievement in mathematics by providing participants with:
• Free graduate coursework in mathematics education
• Workshops and institutes
• Material review
• Opportunity to participate in a Master Teacher cohort (select sub-group)
• Building leader workshops throughout the year focused on leadership strategies designed to support mathematics educators.

General Requirements
1. The professional development should target participation of 75% of teachers of mathematics in each participating middle school.
2. Teachers are expected to participate and complete a minimum of 90 hours of professional development within the two-year span of the grant.
3. Building leaders of participating schools are expected to participate and complete 60 hours of targeted professional development over the duration of the two-year grant focused on developing STEM leadership and supporting & sustaining program initiatives of this grant.
4. For all coursework, participants must provide an unofficial transcript and proof of immunization.

NYCDOE/Hunter College Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Project Overview/Components:

A. GRADE 6 and 7 MATHEMATICS TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE- This component will consist of a series of ten full-day (6 hrs.) workshops focusing on content and pedagogical knowledge as outlined in the New York State Common Core Learning Standards (NYSCCLS/M) for Grades 6 and 7 Mathematics. Special attention will be given to (1) teaching mathematics through problem solving, (2) creating a differentiated mathematics classroom focusing on English Language Learners and Learning Disabled students, and (3) using student work and assessment data to inform and drive mathematics instruction. These workshops will be held at Hunter. Participating school will receive a sub-teacher allotment to cover the release of teachers for the monthly workshops. Participating teachers will receive a resource binder of workshop materials, along with professional library resources to support the workshop foci.

B. GRADE 8 MATHEMATICS TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE- The format and focus components of the series of workshops are the same as described above. The content and pedagogical knowledge will be ALGEBRA and ALGEBRAIC THINKING addressed by the NYS ALGEBRA Regents and the NYSCCLS/M.

C. GRADES 6, 7 AND 8 MATHEMATICS LEAD TEACHERS/COACHES INSTITUTE- These institutes will address (1) planning and executing an effective problem solving lesson, (2) turn-key models to support school-based professional development programs, including collaborations with parent coordinators, and (3) looking at students’ work and assessment data to drive school-based professional development programs.
D. GRADES 6, 7 AND 8 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR PRINCIPALS & ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS- This institute will focus on (1) enhancing professional practice guided by Danielson’s research, (2) the Common Core-Now What? focusing on pedagogical and major grade level shifts, and the new generation of assessment, and (3) how the Common Core boosts quality and equality.

E. GRADUATE COURSES FOR GRADE 6, 7 AND 8 MATHEMATICS TEACHERS- To enhance the middle school's mathematics learning and teaching, two graduate courses will be offered: (1) Misconception and Errors in Middle School Mathematics- focusing on error patterns and teaching strategies to address them, and (2) Middle School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective- focusing on bridging the gap between middle school and high school mathematics courses to promote college and career readiness.

NYCDOE Component:
F. Middle School Lead Teachers Grades 6, 7, and 8- The Middle School Teacher Leadership Institute will focus on teacher team leadership as a strategy to improve student performance and build teacher and school capacity in mathematics. Throughout the course of the two years guest/expert speakers will be invited to speak on the various topics.