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Workshops for Teachers Factor Student Math Success into the Equation

Select Pittsburgh-area math teachers are devoting a week of their summer vacation to think deeply about mathematical topics widely considered “hard to teach and hard to learn”—fractions and algebra.

Two inaugural workshops are hosted by Dr. Melissa Boston of Duquesne University’s School of Education. They are funded by the Heinz Endowments in partnership with Carnegie Learning Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula and a provider of professional development services for middle school, high school and post-secondary students and teachers.

Teachers of grades 6 through 8 will be on campus Aug. 2-5 and teachers of grades 4 and 5 were on campus July 26-29.

The summer workshops consist of Carnegie Learning’s Content Academies for Math Teachers, focusing on developing students’ understanding of mathematical topics for future success in algebra. Each academy is a four-day workshop with two follow-up meetings in the fall. The academies will deepen the teachers’ understanding of mathematics; strengthen their mathematical reasoning; enhance attitudes, beliefs and classroom practices for teaching math; and promote student understanding and future success in mathematics.

Teachers from Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Urban Charter, Woodland Hills, Wilkinsburg, Propel Charter School, California Middle School and Springdale Middle School will earn 90 hours of Act 48 credit for participating in the workshops and follow-up activities.

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