Exeter Math Institute: Building Community Among Math Teachers
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Exeter Mathematics Institute (EMI) is an intensive, hands-on professional development program for middle and secondary school mathematics teachers taught by trained faculty from the Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. With EMI, teachers are placed in the role of the student as they work collaboratively and creatively to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Participants should come prepared to be challenged and motivated by their peers and to experience the type of learning environment that they hope to provide for their own students. Participants will leave EMI with a unique curriculum of exploratory problems and labs to help enrich and extend existing curricula.
Exeter Math Institute was hosted in partnership with Rockhurst High School. The Summer 2016-2017 sessions served 46 teachers from over 20 KC Metro schools including representation from public and private primary and secondary institutes.
Faculty STEM Workshop at KC EZ (Kansas City Engineering Zone) & the KC STEM ALLIANCE
STA faculty learned more about the STEM acronym and teacher STEM resources available in KC as well as the FIRST program. Teachers were divided into four groups and rotated through the following breakout sessions: Coding, Measurement & Machining, Purdue Spatial Visualization Test 3D Object Sketching, and FIRST Lego League setup kit building. Laura Bauer and Martha McCabe of the KC STEM Alliance guided St. Teresa’s Academy teachers in exploring hands-on STEM activities. The experience was a great way to expose teachers to all disciplines within STEM. The Academy plans to offer new courses to enhance STEM offerings to students, create an all girls First Tech Challenge Team to compete in the coming year, and design a STEM certificate diploma program.