Professional Development

Teachers and administrators are critical to providing learning oppourtunities for their students that can have a postitive and lasting impact on their achievements. The Texas Graduate Center provides workshops conducted by Harvard and Washington University - St. Louis faculty on timely issues related to:

Mathematics Instruction
Biology Instruction
Leadership

These workshops are available to members of the MATHTEACH Collaborative and Master Science Teacher Consortium.

Past presenters include:

Brendan Kelly

Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, Preceptor at Harvard University from 1999-2005, Winner of the 2004 Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize

 

Dr. Kelly stressed the importance of “low-floor/high-ceiling” questions and activities that encourage students to think of creative ways to solve mathematical problems.  He discussed the importance of integrating perplexity into math instruction as a way of highlighting the creativity in mathematics which is often lost in math classes.

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Dr. John Boller

Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, Preceptor at Harvard University from 1999-2005, Winner of the 2004 Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize

Dr. Boller used the work of Archimedes to talk about the real numbers, the xy-plane, 3-D space, and how the collaboration between algebra and geometry lead to pre-Calculus and Calculus.

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Maria Pizano

Researcher and Consultant formerly with the Harvard Family Research Project.


Pizano presented on "Maximizing the Impact of Parental Engagement."

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James Tanton

Mathematician and math educator, founder of The St. Mark’s Math Institute, scholar at the Mathematical Association of America, author of over ten books on mathematics, curriculum, and education.

 

Quadratics: How to understand them and how to do absolutely everything one is expected to do with them with ease and joy and no memorization.

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