The Transitions In Mathematics for Middle School (TIMMS) project brings together the Clark County School District and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to provide one year of sustained and comprehensive professional development with the goal of improving student learning and achievement in mathematics. The partnership’s leadership committee includes university faculty from the UNLV College of Education and the UNLV Department of mathematics. This proposal is focused on 4th to 6th grade teachers and the Nevada Academic Content Standards.
Teachers in grades 4-6 will engage in sustained professional development in mathematics with three main objectives (a) Improving teachers’ mathematics content knowledge, (b) Increasing teachers’ understanding of the Nevada Academic Content Standards, and ( c) Enhancing teacher knowledge and skills to use proven instructional strategies for diverse learners.
The components of the professional development are delivered through a summer seminar. The professional development activities are coordinated through ongoing, facilitated professional learning communities at participating schools. The professional development is based on the following research based books: Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally appropriate instruction for grades 3-5, Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Developmentally appropriate instruction for grades 6-8, Beyond Invert and Multiply: Grades 3-6, Making Sense of Fraction Computation, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics book Putting Essential Understanding of Ratios and Proportions into Practice Grades 6-8. The content and practices are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The professional development and professional learning communities will focus on strategies for improving instruction to help all students succeed in mathematics.
The project evaluation uses classroom observations, teacher content knowledge assessments, professional learning community (PLC) documents, and teacher surveys.
Note: The TIMMS Project was also awarded for cohort II by the FY17 NeCoTIP grant as the result of the success of the initial project and will serve more teachers for the grant period of January 2017 through September 2018.