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An Intensive Immersion Institute  

Are You Experienced?
Authentic Mathematics with Coherence and Rigor II


  Free for Massachusetts teachers57 PDPs

Optional 3 Graduate Credits ($285) from Fitchburg State University

Marlborough High School
431 Bolton Street, Marlborough MA 01752  (508) 460-3500

July 17-21, 2017    8 a.m.-3 p.m.


A partnership of
EduTron Corporation

Billerica Public Schools
Dracut Public Schools

Hudson Public Schools

Marlborough Public Schools

Methuen Public Schools

Worcester State University

Nashoba Regional Public Schools
Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education


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Are You Experienced? Authentic Mathematics with Coherence and Rigor II (Middle/High School Teachers)

Intensive Immersion Institute I3 :An Institute for Teachers with a strong desire to teach Grades 6-12 Mathematics more effectively in the context of the Common Core

Overview: :  Bring your clear mind and a thick notebook—“Going to need both, you are.” This institute provides an intensive mathematics immersion experience by zooming into, and out of, various areas in mathematics to develop an in-depth and coherent understanding of Common Core mathematics.  The course is designed for middle and high school teachers. Stay humble for the authentic Jedi training. Participants will have a chance to experience high-level synthesis (Bird’s view) as well as empirical problem solving (Frog’s view).

This course will cover linear equations and systems, other nonlinear equations and functions.  Preceding them, a connected sequence of foundational topics: division, fractions, decimals, percent, rate and speed, ratio, direct and inverse proportion, and measurement will be examined. By means of multi-topic concept mapping with an emphasis on visual explanations, and solution of challenging problems at their level, participants will develop deep understanding of the topics and their interrelationships.

Applications in science, technology, and real life will be integrated. Literacy standards will be addressed organically in context. The changes in the new 2017 Massachusetts Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice will be brought to life with EduTron's Intensive Immersion Institute approach.

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The Institute Experience:  

The main presenter, Andrew Chen, was on the Common Core Standards Development Team in Mathematics. He received a PhD in physics from Columbia University. Before founding EduTron he was a professor and a principal research scientist at MIT. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Teacher Quality. He is on the Mathematics and Science Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Board of Education. Dr. Chen provides high quality professional development Intensive Immersion Institutes (I3) in mathematics and science to teachers at all levels. 

The presenters, Dr. Andrew Chen and Dr. Michael Winders, are experienced math educators and Intensive Immersion Institutes** (I3) instructors. Here are sample comments from former participants:

“Excellent! Challenging experience. Absolutely engaged in the learning process- the brain certainly got lots of exercise. I developed more confidence in my own learning that will directly transfer to my teaching. More understanding of the ‘why’ something mathematical happens. I will not be teaching all of the topics presented but the awareness and knowledge gained is critical to my professional development. The collegiality was incredible!!”

“The dynamics of a group can only be explained to someone who has experienced it. It is really exciting to do meaningful analysis of our work in front of people who truly want to understand and deepen their teaching commitment."

“It woke up the math in me. It made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses.” “… like pumping iron or running 7 miles… it was good for me.” “I truly wished every math teacher could experience what I did in this class. I have learned much about myself as a math teacher and as a math student.”

“Wonderful! I would love to take it again! The atmosphere was extremely non-threatening and there was something for everyone. The subject matter was presented in a way which challenged everyone, but there was still the ability for those who did not come with as much knowledge of math to master the fundamentals!”

“I enjoyed the exchange with math teachers on a real math level so much.  Thank you for all that you did to draw out the best in each of us.”

“This institute was the most valuable professional development I have had in my career as a teacher. (Very long career…)”

“This course created “Joyous” learning moments with the great feeling of “break-through” thinking and thought connections and generalized concept development. (Made my “eyes water” several times.) …  I was richly rewarded in this course.”

“This institute provided me with the opportunity to challenge myself mathematically. I enjoyed taking the emphasis off ‘teaching’ and putting it on my individual learning. I learned a great deal from my colleagues and an enormous amount from Andrew and George. I feel re-energized and also that I now have more to offer as a teacher.”

** District-based Intensive Immersion Institutes, I3, can fundamentally transform individual teachers and their districts into effective learning machines. Thanks to the chemistry, dynamics, and positive peer pressure fostered in the rigorous, intensive and collegial workshop experience.


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