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Professional Development for Math Teachers

Through a grant from Boeing, the nonprofit MIND Research Institute aims to help teachers excel using ST Math, a blended learning program designed to boost K-12 math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. The grant provides PD to southern California math teachers, and is funding the creation of a new training program.

Teachers at nine school in Huntington Beach City School District are currently participating in the course called "Make the Standards of Mathematical Practice Come Alive with ST Math." Boeing's support is intended to help MIND design and build the PD program with the goal of demonstrating impact to raise more support for its further scale up.

The program provides 11.5 hours of PD in the form of workshops, webinars, in-class lesson studies and coaching sessions. The training requires teachers to practice the techniques in their own classrooms and report back on how the lessons went.

"With practice and support, we're seeing teachers gain new confidence in teaching techniques that were once uncomfortable or even intimidating for them," said Daryl Pelc, vice president, Engineering & Product Support at Boeing.

The grant will also fund the development, field-testing, and delivery of a second course focused on teaching fractions -- a pitfall for many students. The course will be delivered during the 2015-16 school year. MIND Research also plans to develop training programs for promoting algebraic thinking in primary grades as well as rates, ratios, and proportional reasoning in 4th through 8th grades.

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