CaMSP Partnership Profile – San Francisco Unified School District Mathematics Partnership – Partners as Resources to Improve Mathematics Education (PRIME) Partners San Francisco USD, San Francisco State University, Bay Area Math Project, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley Contact Information Lise Dworkin 415-355-7607 Project Director email@example.com Target Population PRIME will target 40 mathematics teachers of 1,120 students in 4th–5th grades at 12 Title I elementary schools serving African Americans, Latinos, and English Learners Project Goals/Outcomes 1. Enhance teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge in the subject of mathematics. 2. Develop teacher leaders who can lead professional development at the site and district wide. 3. Reduce the achievement gap in mathematics among African Americans, Latinos, and English Learners. Activities PRIME will have 40 mathematics teachers from grades 4 and 5 attend a (40 hour) week- long Summer Intensive, which will be followed by a 3-day intensive during the academic year. The 24-hour follow-up entails classroom coaching, on site collaborative meetings, and after-school workshops. The participating teachers have not been involved in any previous CaMSP grant. PRIME’s three-year program is based on: Liping Ma’s notion of “how a profound understanding of fundamental mathematics impacts students achievement”. Teachers in the program will focus on developing a deep understanding in the mathematical areas of number systems, algebraic thinking, and rational numbers. After the Summer Intensive there will be several sessions throughout the year providing support for teachers in order to incorporate strategies in the classroom, and provide time to reflect and collaborate with other teachers. PRIME will support professional development on the use of State Board of Education (SBE) adopted instructional materials. Intensive sessions will be followed up with on-site coaching and collaborative meetings to support the use of SBE materials and to strengthen mathematics lessons. Evaluation Plan PRIME has developed an evaluation plan that will examine: • The impact of the programs services improving teacher content knowledge; • The use of effective teaching practices; and • Changes in student achievement based on state and local assessment. The evaluation will be conducted using 4th-5th grade students’ CST achievement data. The data will be separated by demographics (gender, ethnicity, economic status, and language proficiency levels). Every year PRIME will analyze the data from the participating schools. PRIME selected the University of Michigan’s Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) survey to assess teacher pedagogical content knowledge. 40 participating teachers and teachers from a matched cohort will take the LMT in 2008. The two groups taking the LMT annually will help to demonstrate any changes in teacher pedagogical content knowledge. Questionnaires and surveys will focus on changes in teacher and school site practices.
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