SSI CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTES
IN MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE
The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) HUB will be offering a Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI) this summer for those teachers who have the capability of being leaders in the science and mathematics education reform effort.
This program will help teachers become leaders in change. Participants who successfully complete this summer's program will be asked to participate in a follow-up program next summer. Participants who successfully complete both programs will be eligible to consult for up to 40 hours a year for the CSRA HUB. Schools from which these teacher leaders are selected will be eligible to receive funds as part of the consultant fees received for the teacher's services.
Interested applicants should contact the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 648-6851, ext. 3313, for an application packet.
What Are Curriculum Leadership Institutes?
The purpose of the CLI is to identify the most successful teachers of mathematics and science (K-16) and provide them with special professional development experiences that prepare them to assist other teachers and schools as they revise and improve their mathematics and science instructional programs.
By "successful teachers," we mean teachers who exemplify the instructional visions outlined in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (1991), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science for All Americans (1989), as well as similar national standard setting projects in mathematics and science, and the South Carolina Mathematics and Science Curriculum Frameworks (forthcoming). It is expected that these teachers come to the CLI with strong discipline-content backgrounds and a wealth of effective instructional strategies, as the purpose of the institute is development of leadership skills and growth of professional knowledge, not necessarily to strengthen content backgrounds.
The CLI will consist of two three-week summer experiences, which take place over two summers, along with other preliminary and follow-up activities.
What Will Be Taught In The Institutes?
The curriculum for the first year will focus on participants demonstrating model lessons and exploring successful practices contained therein. Other activities will include seminars on assigned reading, field trips, and exploration of special topics.
Who Will Attend?
The maximum number of teachers to attend any institute will be 18. Ideally, the institute will be equally divided among mathematics and science teachers (9 each) with four teachers each from grades K-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and two post secondary education faculty.
How Will Teacher Leaders Be Selected For the Invitational Curriculum Leadership Institutes?
Since these participants are successful teachers of science and mathematics who will be expected to lead curriculum and instruction reforms in their region and work with other teachers and school in process of change, their selection will be critical to the credibility and success of the initiative. Prospective teacher leaders may be nominated by colleagues, professional associations, or other groups and will participate in a rigorous selection and interview process. Candidates will be selected by a committee composed of the HUB Director, the HUB Mathematics and Science Specialists, and four members of the CSRA HUB Coordinating Committee.
What Benefits Are There for Teachers Who Participate?
Beyond an outstanding opportunity for professional growth, the benefits for teachers who participate as teacher leaders include:
- a stipend and materials package totaling $600 for participating in each of the CLIs;
- recertification credit (we are working on graduate credit, but outcomes are uncertain at this time);
- recognition as a leading professional in their field;
- immediate access to curriculum materials and other resources and information provided through the HUBs; and,
- participation in other leadership opportunities identified or sponsored by the HUBs.
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