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Developing content knowledge, pedagogical expertise, and skill in using technology for data analysis, probability, and statistics
Quantifying Uncertainty and Analyzing Numerical Trends (QUANT) is a yearlong Advanced Teacher Capacity professional development program for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. If funded for 2015-16, QUANT will begin with a 1-week summer institute 14-19 June 2015 at Ohio University in Athens, followed by two days of scholar presentations on 3-4 August 2015 and two Friday follow-up workshops scheduled for 16 October 2015 and March 2016 (date TBA). In addition, there will be ongoing online support, including bi-weekly webinars throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
QUANT focuses on data analysis, probability and statistics. Participants explore these concepts in-depth using TI-nspire handheld computers, TI-nspire software, and other tools for teaching and learning. The program is designed to help teachers who are not highly qualified, have no formal education in probability, or have limited preparation in statistics. Special education and intervention teachers are encouraged to apply. All participants develop and enact plans to use rich instructional activities and assessments in their classrooms and can share lesson plans with other ATC scholars.
The QUANT program provides participants with $400 worth of materials, access to additional resources, plus food and stipends. A free residential option is available for participants who live more than 45 miles from Ohio University. Optional graduate credit is available at a reduced tuition rate.
For more information about QUANT, check the links below or contact Mary Harmison. The ATC program will begin accepting registrations soon. Applications will be posted here in January.
The summer 2014 QUANT scholars and staff are pictured above.
Here's what past QUANT participants have said:
"QUANT helped me become a better teacher."
"I attended the workshop with a co-worker and was extremely glad I did. I believe that sharing this experience will make us a stronger team, give us support when trying new technology...and provide some good discussions about what it means for students to 'do math.'"
"I am more motivated to teach every day. I approach the content with leading questions that involve more attention and response from the students. I have used technology more often in the classroom. I am constantly trying to get the students to make more connections to the math."
"It has given me many new lesson plans that are hands-on for the students. It has helped show me how to push myself to create new lesson plans that get students involved..."
The QUANT 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.