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Professional Development

MSRI sponsors two main professional development programs for teachers. One is the Mathematics Professional Development Institute and the other is the Bay Area Circle for Teachers.

Mathematics Professional Development Institute

The Mathematics Professional Development Institute meets for three weeks during the summer and then for five days during the following academic year. Typically, the institute consists of concentrated study of a portion of the K-12 curriculum, led by H. Wu. Participants appreciate the depth of knowledge and level of content that is presented. They also enjoy discussions with colleagues and peers about instruction.

Register for the 2013 Institute.

No current Mathematics Professional Development Institute No upcoming Mathematics Professional Development Institute

Past Mathematics Professional Development Institute

  1. Mathematics Professional Development Institute 2013

    This is a three-week institute on the mathematics of grades 6-8 in direct response to the recent adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCMS) by California.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:29 PM PDT
  2. Mathematics Professional Development Institute 2012

    This is a three-week institute on the mathematics of grades 6-8 in direct response to the recent adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCMS) by California.

    Updated on May 07, 2013 11:15 AM PDT
  3. Summer Institute for the Professional Development of Middle School Teachers on Algebra 2010 (Wu Summer Institute)

    Organizers: Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)

    This is a fourteen-day institute (July 6 to July 23, 2010) on algebra together with five Saturday sessions spread over the 2010-2011 school year. The main target is middle school teachers; preference will be given to teachers who attended the 2009 Pre-Algebra Institute and teams from the same school or same district. However, high school teachers and upper elementary school teachers will also be considered. There is a limited number of seats, so get your application in as soon as possible.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:30 PM PDT
  4. Mathematics Professional Development Institute (Wu Summer Institute)

    Organizers: Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu (UC Berkeley), Kay Kirman and Hana Huang (Miraloma Elementary School, SF), and Dr. Sunil Koswatta (Harper College)

    This three-week course in elementary mathematics directly addresses the mathematics needed for teaching Number Sense in K-7 classrooms. It develops whole numbers and fractions from the beginning, with an excursion into some elementary number theory about divisibility properties of whole numbers and the algorithm that yields the HCF of two numbers. Each day begins with mathematics lectures by a Berkeley mathematician and concludes with small group sessions guided by MPDI graduates.

    Updated on May 02, 2013 10:31 PM PDT

Bay Area Circle for Teachers

The Bay Area Circle for Teachers is a professional development workshop that introduces teachers to activities and techniques used in math circles. The goal is to get teachers to play with mathematics and have fun engaging in mathematically rich activities, so they will bring enthusiasm for the subject back to their classroom.

Other professional development activities

In addition, to these professional development activities, several math circles in the bay area, sponsored by MSRI, host sessions for teachers. A list can be found on the Bay Area Math Circles page.

Additional development programs for teachers include:

The Math Teacher’s Circle

Math Circle Summer Teacher Training Institute

And the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad for Teachers (BAMO-T)