Algebra Ready to Improve Teacher Quality

We are thrilled to announce that our latest project, Algebra Ready: Teaching Mathematics with Digital Content, has received funding support from Ohio Department of Higher Education. The project builds upon the success of our previous EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence project and has design features tailored to address the specific needs in algebra teaching.

Algebra Ready aims to improve teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical strategies, their technological pedagogical knowledge for adopting digital resources in teaching mathematics and, ultimately, to increase students’ academic achievement and college readiness in the area of mathematics. The project focuses on algebra across grade levels and the contents are well aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards.

The project features a year-long professional development program to 30 middle school teachers and 5 building coaches in Grades 7-8. Participants will engage in 10 days of face-to-face PD, 80-100 hours of online learning experience and at least 20 hours of teaching implementation. Anticipated outcomes include increased teacher content knowledge, increased knowledge of evaluating the quality of digital materials, improved instructional approaches in teaching math with digital resources, increased student achievement scores, increased numbers of teacher-leaders in the region, and a sustained professional community.

Led by Kui Xie, Cyphert Distinguished Professor of learning technologies, the project team includes Hea-Jin Lee, associate professor of math education, Ivo Herzog, professor of mathematics, and Nicole Luthy, director of school outreach and engagement. Supporting staff includes Jamie Kautz, math content specialist, Gennaro Di Tosto, technology specialist, and Vanessa Vongkulluskn, school-based research specialist. This project includes a collaborative partnership between five middle schools in Southwestern City Schools – a high need school district, The College of Education and Human Ecology and The College of Art and Sciences at The Ohio State University.

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