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Nov. 17: Mathematics education lecture

FREDERICK, Md.—The launch of Hood College’s master’s degree in mathematics instructional leadership will coincide with the College’s eighth annual mathematics education lecture Nov. 17.

Jennifer Bergner, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at Salisbury University, and Randall Groth, Ph.D., professor of mathematics education at Salisbury University, will present “Lesson Study and Beyond: Collaborative Reflection Cycles for Improving Mathematics Teaching” at 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.

Hood’s mathematics instructional leadership program offers a pathway for currently certified teachers to meet the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Mathematics Instructional Leadership endorsement in either grades pre-K-6 or grades 4-9 while also earning a master’s degree. The program provides content, pedagogical and leadership knowledge and skills.

Mathematics instructional leaders help improve mathematics instruction in schools. The “Lesson Study and Beyond” lecture will discuss this complex endeavor. Improving instruction requires creating and implementing plans, assessing the results and redesigning as necessary. The lecture will cover two models for supporting collaborative reflection cycles among teachers. To illustrate the models, Bergner and Groth will describe how teachers have used them to improve their teaching of multiplication in elementary school, statistics in middle school and algebra in high school. The elementary, middle and high school examples provide starting points for discussing how teachers and instructional leaders can collaborate and reflect on their teaching practices within their own school settings.

Sponsored by the Hood College Graduate School and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this event is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served. RSVP to Christy Graybeal at graybeal@hood.edu by Nov. 10.