Faculty help bring Math Teachers' Circle to Springs

July 17, 2008

THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS is involved in an effort to create a Math Teachers' Circle in the city, an initiative in which research mathematicians team up with local middle-school math teachers to enhance math education using in-depth approaches involving problem-solving and critical thinking.

President's Teaching Scholar Gene Abrams of UCCS mathematics said he and Dave Khaliqi, director of the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CSTEME), were part of a team selected to visit the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) in Palo Alto, Calif., for a week in June to receive training and resources for starting the Pikes Peak Math Teachers' Circle, which will be affiliated with CSTEME's Partnership in Innovative Preparation for Educators and Students.

In addition to Abrams and Khaliqi, the team included retired math teacher Ann Brock, director of the new Math Teachers' Circle, and District 11 middle-school teacher Ben Schoonmaker, who is curriculum specialist for the circle.

The Colorado Springs teachers' circle, one of four new circles being launched by AIM, is slated to begin in summer 2009. AIM, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, has been helping launch Math Teachers' Circles around the country since August 2006.

Among other efforts, Abrams said, the team plans to host a four- to five-day workshop to help local middle-school math teachers challenge and engage their students at a deeper level using new concepts, in hopes of increasing the number of students who become interested in and pursue math-related careers.

Source: Silver & Gold Record (Note: Silver and Gold Record is no longer in publication)