It is an interesting time in America; there is change all around us. But, what will never change is the need to educate our children…the need to continue improving the education of our children. That improvement comes through the hard work of our teachers, improving their skills to improve the experiences of their students.
At the AIMS Center, we believe in teachers! We, as teachers ourselves, are really excited to have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with teachers who want to learn how to improve their skills. We are blessed to have the opportunity to do this in many ways. In fact, as I said in my December 6 post, The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education has truly become an organization committed to professional learning.
As a member of the Research Division of the AIMS Center, our Partnership Liaison provides professional learning at our partner schools and districts around the skills of Professional Noticing. Honing these skills can be through the lens of the CCSS Mathematical Practices, the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts, or even the culture that supports a growth mindset. It is about learning to recognize the cues that students give us and then making curricular decisions based on those cues, through whatever lens is important in a teacher’s classroom. Our Research Associates hope to begin working closely with interested teachers from our partner schools and districts this summer to translate what we have learned about the actual research that we have been studying. Professional noticing around recognizing evidence of the translated research will be the focus of their work.
Using the rich AIMS resources that have been developed over the past 30 years here at the AIMS Education Foundation, our Professional Learning Division continues to work with teachers throughout the nation. Our facilitators are masters at facilitating an engaged, active classroom around mathematics and science, and thus an engaged, active workshop experience for teachers. Through the lens of these AIMS resources, they are able to:
- Help teachers see the need to change their practice to provide engaging environments for their students to learn;
- Help teachers expand their repertoire of strategies to deepen students’ knowledge of math and science;
- Work with teachers to develop ways for students to produce multiple representations to show their understanding; and
- Help teachers improve their facilitation skills, questioning skills, and grouping mechanisms.
In addition, our Coordinator of Outreach, Dr. Chris Brownell, facilitates our Colloquium Series and our ZPC Podcast. We partner to host activities for the Central California Association for the Education of Young Children and for the Central Section of the California Mathematics Council. Dr. Brownell is currently pondering how to develop math and science networks for local teachers to come together and learn together. If there are other ways we can support math and science teachers here in the central San Joaquin Valley, please respond to this post and let us know your thoughts! We believe!!!