The University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene houses the Idaho Regional Mathematics Center in Region 1. The center is directed by Dr. Julie Amador and supported by Regional Mathematics Specialist, Abe Wallin. The intent of the center to provide professional mathematics support with both content and pedagogy to K-12 teachers in Region 1. Watch the video and keep reading below for more information:
In an effort to carry forward and advance the work begun with the Idaho Math Initiative, the State Department of Education and Idaho’s Institutions of Higher Education have partnered, thanks to funding from the Idaho Legislature, to support the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers. Through this coordinated, collaborative, and comprehensive statewide effort, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers strive to ensure that Idaho’s teachers of mathematics are highly talented, trained, and effective professionals. Operating as regional support centers for all K-12 public schools in Idaho, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers provide professional development for teachers and schools and conduct research to support mathematics teaching and learning in Idaho.
The Regional Mathematics Centers are housed within the colleges of education at each of the four-year state institutions of higher education: Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, and Boise State University. Personnel at these centers work collaboratively with the Idaho State Department of Education, representatives from local industries, as well as other faculty from higher education to ensure that the best possible support can be provided to each region. Idaho is a geographically large state with many districts and schools located in remote, isolated areas; nearly two-thirds of Idaho is wilderness. The diversity and geography associated with Idaho’s schools lend itself to a high need for a statewide system of regional support for the ongoing professional support for all teachers of mathematics. By providing localized centers with experts in mathematics education further supports the efforts made by teachers, school districts, and communities across the state.
The members of the Regional Mathematics Centers consist of the Director, Regional Specialists, and highly trained Teacher Fellows and have experience in K-16 mathematics education, designing and delivering professional development, instructional technologies, and educational research. The members of the Regional Mathematics Centers are able to provide both regional and school-specific support in mathematics education. They also welcome input from schools and districts as to the type of professional development they need. By promoting mathematical thinking, problem solving, and the habits of mind students need to effectively understand and apply mathematics, the educational systems within Idaho are substantially strengthened.
An article about our Dign’IT coding camp by Dr. Julie Amador and Terence Soule was recently offered as a free preview by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Mathematics Teaching in Middle School Journal
. It is available online
or as a PDF
Dign'IT is a summer computer coding camp for middle and high school girls, aimed toward increasing both mathematical understanding and conceptual reasoning through the integration of mathematics and technology. Held in June, the camp offers programming activities in which students design and write interactive scenes and games with Scratch
, a programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. The camp includes a closing Showcase Celebration during which the participants demonstrate and explain their final projects to community members.
The Dign’IT program is the result of a partnership between the College of Education and the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho in collaboration with the Idaho State Department of Education and local businesses. It is made possible by the contributions of Micron Foundation, Verizon Foundation, iShoutOut, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, the Idaho State Department of Education, and the University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene.
(Dig'nIT Summer Camp Students)