Congratulations to the 26 Master Teaching Fellows selected to participate in PSREMS! Check them out below.
This NSF-funded Noyce project increases the number of Elementary Mathematics Specialists (EMSs) in high-need urban schools. EMSs, who are highly effective mathematics teachers and teacher leaders in elementary schools, have the potential to systemically improve mathematics education by positively influencing teachers’ instruction at their school sites and across the district and also by enhancing student achievement. View the project description and updates below.
PSREMS involves faculty in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Drs. Susan Swars Auslander, Carla Tanguay and Gary Bingham, and in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Alexandra Smirnova, partnering with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and the nonprofit Corners Outreach. View our team and the elementary teachers selected to participate as Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs) below.
Across five years, 26 Master Teaching Fellows who are elementary teachers in GCPS will be prepared and supported as Elementary Mathematics Specialists (EMSs) through:
- completion of GSU’s K-5 Mathematics and Teacher Supporting & Coaching Endorsement programs
- participation in Professional Learning Communities and individual mentoring
As EMSs, the teachers will deliver rigorous mathematics instruction in their classrooms and serve as mathematics teacher leaders in a variety of ways, such as:
- coaching GSU’s teacher candidates
- providing professional development to their peer teachers
- mentoring novice teachers at their schools
- supporting Corners Outreach’s after school tutoring program
The initiative also aims to promote equity and access in mathematics, support teacher retention in the high-need schools and situate teacher candidates in a hiring pipeline. Evaluation and research involving mixed methods will demonstrate how the intentional and continuous project components affect the mathematical content knowledge, instructional and coaching practices, beliefs and teacher leader skills of the EMSs.
Find us on social media at https://www.facebook.com/psrems for project happenings and news related to MTFs’ service as teacher leaders, Professional Learning Communities, endorsement programs, and more.
Check out these published articles about the project.
Developing Elementary Mathematics Specialists as Teacher Leaders During a Preparation Program in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, authored by Susan Swars Auslander, Gary E. Bingham, Carla L. Tanguay and Debra S. Fuentes.
Elementary Mathematics Specialists as Emergent Informal Teacher Leaders in Urban Schools: Engagement and Navigations in Investigations in Mathematics Learning, authored by Susan Swars Auslander, Carla L. Tanguay, Kayla D. Myers, Gary E. Bingham, Sterline Caldwell, and Michael Vo
Preparing and Supporting Elementary Mathematics Specialists through School-University-Community Partnerships in PDS Partners: Bridging Research to Practice, authored by Susan Swars Auslander, Carla L. Tanguay, Kayla D. Myers, Karen L. Phillips, and Travis Sanders
Support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under Award No. 1950064. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
For more information about PSREMS, contact [email protected].