The No Child Left Behind Act funded a summer institute for teachers of middle school and high school mathematics which was held on the William Carey University campus during the months of May and June 2012. The participants were selected from mathematics teachers in the Mississippi Pine Belt and Gulf Coast area.
On the first day of the institute, the participants came to campus for an orientation session and introductory lessons. Regular class sessions (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) were held for the next nineteen weekdays. Saturday follow-up workshops were held the following school year in the fall and spring in order to share classroom experiences.
A wide variety of materials were used during the institute: mathematics textbooks for grades 3- 9, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000), Mississippi Mathematics Framework (Mississippi Department of Education, 2000), Common Core Standards, and selected journal articles from Mathematics Teacher and Mathematics Teaching in the Middle Grades.
The major purpose of the institute was to assist teachers in acquiring knowledge and developing enthusiasm and excitement for teaching mathematics to their students. New teachers as well as “master teachers” worked together to insure collaborative and mentoring relationships for the teachers involved.
The staff from William Carey University and the LEA partner led activities in classroom management, assessment, and technology.
The project director, Dr. Leslie Horton, a mathematics assistant professor from William Carey University, the project co-director, Dr. Susan Whitcomb, a mathematics education associate professor also from William Carey University and the project LEA partner Ms. Beth McShea, a teacher in the Poplarville Schools, shared teaching responsibilities for the mathematics content and methods as well as the classroom activities.