Director: Margaret Meyer
Funding: National Science Foundation Teacher Enhancement Grant [subcontract through the University of Missouri]
This project aims to establish a national structure for implementing and disseminating information about standards-based middle school mathematics curricula.
The development of richer, more challenging mathematics classroom environments and learning opportunities requires simultaneous renewal of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Data reported from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) show that mathematics learning opportunities for students in the U.S. are shallow compared to many other countries. The curriculum, particularly with the middle grades, is repetitive and lacks depth.
This project aims to support change in teachers' practice by targeting curricular change. The Show-Me Center works with the five NSF-sponsored middle grades curriculum development teams (satellite centers) and their commercial publishers. The satellite centers help establish networks of teachers, schools, districts, and state leaders.
The project's broad goals include: (a) supporting the awareness, examination, and implementation of comprehensive standards-based middle school mathematics curricula; (b) designing, developing, and supporting professional development opportunities for middle grade teachers and administrators; (c) providing communication networks for middle school teachers and their district teams who make decisions and implement new curricular and instructional techniques designed to advance student understanding and achievement in mathematics; and (d) providing information and opportunities for professional development to mathematics educators and mathematicians in higher education who prepare future generations of middle grades mathematics teachers.