SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 103
June 7, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Math Connects: Satellite Algebra Techniques Course For Teachers|
The Department of Education, through the Virginia Satellite Educational Network and in cooperation with Prince William County schools, will offer a mathematics course in the fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997. The course is designed for middle school and Algebra I teachers. The course, Math Connects, will increase teachers' understanding of the structure of mathematics and the instructional use of technology, particularly in the Patterns, Functions, and Algebra strand of the Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning. The course will be presented by a team of Virginia teachers. The format will be interactive and will give participants the opportunity to communicate with instructors and each other via telephone, fax, and the Internet. Lessons will address topics in number sense, probability and statistics, geometry, and algebra, with emphasis placed on how knowledge of these topics will lead to increased understanding of and success in Algebra I. Teachers will be given opportunities to work with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards as they relate to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and current literature in the field. Training will be provided in the use of graphing calculators and computers for instruction and research. During the course, participants will use local and worldwide network communications systems to access and retrieve information. Teachers will also develop skills in networking with other teachers, thereby encouraging the formation of support groups across Virginia. Follow-up ideas and opportunities for communication via the Internet will be essential components of the course. The first course will be broadcast on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. beginning September 10 and will continue through December 17, 1996. Orientation will be on August 27, 1996, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. As a pilot, this first broadcast of the course is offered to Virginia educators at no charge. The Department of Education is recommending 90 recertification points for successful completion of this course. A course registration form is attached. The Department, with the cooperation of Prince William County plans to offer the course through state universities in the spring of 1997 for graduate credit. For information concerning broadcast and technical aspects of the course contact Greg Weisiger, VSEN Administrator at (804) 692-0335. Content questions should be directed to Stan Woodward, Prince William County at (703) 791-7328. For agency administration questions contact Dr. Patricia Wright, Principal Specialist for Mathematics at (804) 225-2894 or Dr. Ida Hill, Division Chief for Technology at (804) 225-2757. WCBJr./psw Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.