The professional development model includes the following elements:
TwoThree, 2-day immersion institutes for teams of teachers from adult education programs. These institutes are supported at the state level and will involve teachers in 1) learning about math content (in data analysis at Institute I and algebra at Institute II) and sound instructional techniques by participating in math lessons; and 2) planning for ongoing development, implementation, and documentation of, as well as reflection on, lessons in which teacher and students investigate data analysis and algebra.
- Teacher implementation and documentation of classroom investigations on algebraic reasoning and data analysis in the eight months following the initial institute. These investigations will be guided by the EMPower™ curriculum.
- Periodic regional meetings to share experiences and examine and evaluate student work.
- A culminating two-day meeting in each state focusing on how teachers can use the expertise they have gained in the course of the year's activities to develop instruction for all the strands addressed in their state math standards.
- The training of facilitators will engage teams of state-level adult education professional developers working with participating mathematics teachers. The mathematics teachers will serve as participant co-facilitators in the model for one cycle and as facilitators (with project support and technical assistance) in a second cycle.