Wiregrass Math, Science, and Technology Leadership Academy
funded by Alabama Commission on Higher Education

 


Credit: MAX ODEN / DOTHAN EAGLE Marty LeBlanc, a mathematics teacher with the Houston County School System, leads a class on math education Tuesday morning at Troy University. Here is Dothan Eagle article

The Wiregrass Math, Science, and Technology Leadership Academy is an Alabama Commission on Higher Education grant. Improving teacher quality is a high priority for the Academy. This is accomplished by using a variety of science, math and technology themed teacher workshops throughout the year.

Activities

The following instructional method and content area professional development opportunities were offered to the teacher participants during the 2010- 2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Workshop: Held June 9, 10, 13 & 14, 2011 at Troy University-Dothan campus. Participants were divided into two groups. One group was middle school math teachers and the other groups were elementary teachers interested in science.

Elementary teachers
June 9, 2011: Dr. Charles Rodriquez from Southern Illinois University presented a one day workshop on physical science principles emphasizing Newton's Law of Motion, Bernoulli's Principle, and air pressure and gravitational forces.

June 10, 2011: Dr. Craig Wilson from Texas A & M presented a one day workshop on modeling constructivism, life science and how it related to local crops, corn worm and how it can be used to teach life science, and effects of space travel on the human body.

June 13, 2011: Dr. David Arrington, Troy University professor, presented a morning session on basic chemistry principles with emphasis on acid, bases and indicators. Ms. Sandy Armstrong, director and the Math & Science Consortium, presented an afternoon session on Al the Astronaut and incorporating the lesson plans into the science curriculum.

June 14, 2011: Dr. Quan Yang, a Troy University professor, presented a morning session on Digital Storytelling .Mrs. Sheila Bennett, a Troy University professor, presented an afternoon session on Thinkinfinity.

Middle School Math Teachers
June 9, 2011: Ms. Susan McSwean, a retired math teacher, presented a morning session on hands-on activities to use in the classroom. Mr. Ned Colley, from Texas Instruments, presented an afternoon session on the graphing calculator and how to use them in the classroom.

June 10, 2011: Ms. Cynda Fickert, former Alabama Teacher of the Year, presented a one day workshop on implementing the National Core Curriculum into middle school math.

June 13, 2011 Dr. Reiff Lefleur, a Troy University professor, presented a morning workshop on probability and statistics.

June 14, 2011 Ms. Bennett, a Troy University professor, presented an afternoon session on how to use Thinkinfinity in the classroom.

October 24, 2011 Ms. Marty LeBlanc, a middle school math teacher, presented a morning session on engaging students in innovative ways to improve student achievement with emphasis on hands on activities and math manipulates in middle school math. Dr. Gompa, a Troy University professor, presented a Share-a-thorn time with the math teachers.

November 18, 2011

Wiregrass Math, Science, Technology and Leadership Academy Workshop

Registration and Breakfast - Harrison Hall (8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.)
Morning Session 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Science Presenters – Dr. Jerry Mimms & Dr. Uma Garimella
    Morning Session:
  • Sorting the shells Classification/grouping
  • How salty is the seawater???
  • Making waves
    Afternoon Session:
  • Demonstrating the Newton's Laws of motion
  • Electric circuits
Math Presenters – Dr. Jean McGehee
    Morning Session :
  • Introduction to Data & Probability in the Middle Grades. Also, a Connection to the Common Core State Standards
  • Basic Statistics and Graphing; From Human Graphs to Sticky Notes to the TI-84
  • A variety of problems with Data Sets and Measures of Central Tendency and Variance
    Afternoon Session:
  • Making Purple and other Basic Probability Problems
  • Maze Problems & Shooting Basketball – How Compound Probability problems
    illustrate important fraction and % concepts
  • Probability and Scatter Plot Problems using the TI-84.

All professional development programs addressed state and national standards.
All project communication to teachers was done by means of e-mail, which encouraged teachers to utilize this Internet source. E-mail alerts were sent to teacher reminding them of the upcoming workshop.

Additional public outreach provided by the Troy University Public Relations Department was a great benefit in communicating all events via both online resources through the University website and in the Wiregrass area newspaper (Dothan Eagle).

Contact Informationjaya Gompa, Ph. D.

Vijaya Gompa, PH. D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
Troy University-Dothan Campus
P.O. Box 8368
Dothan, AL 36304
E-mail: vgompa@troy.edu
Phone: (334) 983-6556 ext. 387
FAX: (334) 556-1054

Last Updated: 05/07/2012