The initiatives in mathematics education at City College include:
The Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Center for Mathematics Education
Promoting Excellence in Mathematics Education and Professional Development
The Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Center for Mathematics Education is a newly created center devoted to professional development in mathematics and mathematics education. The Center is located on the campus of the City College of New York, in Room 3/218 of the North Academic Center. The Center is an educational partnership supported by the New York City Department of Education, the School of Education of the City College of New York, and a generous gift, donated by Dr. Charlotte K. Frank, who has been a prime supporter of the Teachers Network, and presently serves as Vice President of Research and Development for McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The Center's major emphasis is to support teachers and supervisors through meaningful professional development activities, based on the latest methodologies and practices in the field. One of the primary goals of the Center is to assist students, teachers, supervisors, and parents, and help build capacity to affect meaningful change in mathematics education and to help increase students' appreciation and achievement levels in mathematics. Dr. William Farber presently serves as Director of the Center and brings a unique background to this project as an experienced mathematics educator, researcher, curriculum writer, and staff developer. Dr. Farber helps design and implement professional development programs in mathematics for teachers, supervisors, and coaches throughout New York City that will support the unified curriculum models adopted by the New York City public schools, i.e., Everyday Mathematics, Impact Mathematics, and Prentice Hall Math A.
Mathematics in the City
(Professors Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Sherrin Hersh)
involves teachers from New York City School Districts Two,Three, Four, Five and Six in an in-service project in mathematics education reform. Over the course of five years the project has developed 12 demonstration sites. Funding for the project is from the National Science Foundation.
Project staff is comprised of faculty from The City College of New York, the Freudenthal Institute (The Netherlands) and a team of Mathematics in the City teacher leaders.
The projected number of teachers who will receive Mathematics in the City training by the end of the 5-year project is 810. The experiences here also involve our degree students, who benefit from this program as well. Mathematics in the City has received a new NSF Grant for 2000-2004 during which it will develop mathematics in-service materials in the form of manuals, hypertext, video and CD-roms. Staff for this grant will be City College faculty and Freudenthal Institute faculty. These materials will be field tested in selected sites in New York City public schools as well as among project partners in Missouri, Pittsburgh, New Rochelle, Arizona and Iowa.
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