Missouri’s Eye-Opening Experience

Missouri’s Eye-Opening Experience

9/7/2011

Missouri’s Math-in-CTE summer professional development was held June 13-17, 2011 in Jefferson City. Thirty-seven math and Business and Health Occupations CTE teachers from 27 districts willingly gave up a week of their summer to participate in Math-in-CTE training.

Each CTE teacher worked with a math partner in the development of math-enhanced lessons and supportive instructional tools—learning new ways to teach their respective content areas. During the training, math and CTE teacher teams called the curriculum mapping process an “eye-opening experience” as they learned how much math is embedded in the Business and Health Occupations curricula. CTE teachers presented their math-enhanced lessons to the entire group and were provided constructive feedback from their colleagues on the math-enhanced lessons.

“My working relationship with my math partner is much stronger…and the synergy gained from this professional development will help us be better educators, which in turn will help our students become better learners and achievers in core classes as well as CTE classes,” said one Missouri CTE teacher. Math teachers expressed optimism at the idea of using some of the CTE lesson concepts within their math classrooms to provide students with real-world applications of math.

The teachers and the NRCCTE facilitators also enjoyed some after-hours group activities specifically chosen to enhance the team-building that developed during the training. Activities included a dinner theatre murder mystery production held at a local winery; an evening tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary; a visit to the Missouri State Capitol; and an evening of live music on the streets of downtown Jefferson City.

Pictured in the photo above are the Missouri Business teachers who participated in the Math-in-CTE professional development training, with their NRCCTE facilitator, Vicki Mivshek (front center), and teacher facilitator Gary Tenhulzen (kneeling).