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Developing content knowledge, pedagogical expertise, and skill in using technology for discrete and continuous modeling, geometric modeling, and spatial reasoning

Modeling and Spatial Reasoning (Modspar) is a yearlong Advanced Teacher Capacity professional development program for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. Modspar 2014 begins with a 2-week summer institute at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, 6-11 and 14-18 July 2014, with follow-up during the 2014-2015 school year.  See related article: Of Note: Research News Briefs: Cool Tools, page 6 of 44.Modspar scholars Andy Lovejoy and Janelle Grube use a TI-nspire handheld computer

Modspar focuses on discrete and continuous modeling as well as geometric modeling and spatial reasoning.  Participants explore these concepts in-depth using TI-nspire handheld computers, TI-nspire software, and other tools for teaching and learning.  In addition, participants develop and enact plans to use rich instructional activities and assessments in their classrooms.  The summer institute is followed by ongoing online support and two face-to-face workshops on 7 November 2014 and 27 February 2015.

The Modspar program provides participants with $400 worth of materials, access to additional resources, plus food and stipends.  Optional graduate credit is available at a reduced tuition rate.  A free residential option is available for participants who live more than 45 miles from Ohio University.

For Modspar questions, see the links below or contact Mary HarmisonThe deadline to apply has been extended to 30 June 2014.

Here's what past Modspar participants have said:
"Best professional development I've attended.  Will definitely try to convince others to attend."
"I gained a greater depth of understanding of the material and a broader range of applications and examples from which to build."
"Modspar has motivated me to look for ways to involve the student more in the instructional lesson.  There is high value in learning through doing."
As a result of this institute, I used more technology in my classroom than I have ever used in the past."
"Modspar helped me to realize that learning through cooperative activities and peer interaction is extremely valuable for a deeper level of understanding and retention of materials."

The Modspar program is supported by the Advanced Teacher Capacity (ATC) grant. The total estimated costs for the 2014-2015 ATC project are $294,411, which includes a $168,043 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, covering approximately 57.1% of the total costs.