Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting Mathematics Education
RUSMP continued its full-year 30th Anniversary celebration with its annual spring networking conference which was recently held in Sewall Hall on the Rice University campus. This event brought together educators and business leaders from around the state to celebrate RUSMP's 30 years of success in supporting the K-12 mathematics community.
Dr. Susan Troutman, RUSMP Director of Secondary Programs, gave the keynote address "The Evolution of the RUSMP Summer Campus Program." This program, originally funded by the National Science Foundation, is RUSMP's centerpiece that spawned all its other efforts to improve K-12 mathematics education. A Rice University panel on "Preparing Students for Success in Mathematics; What Does It Take?" followed. Dr. Anne Papakonstantinou, RUSMP Director, moderated the panel composed of members of the RUSMP Advisory Board - Shelly Harvey, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Illya Hicks, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics; and David Scott, Noah Harding Professor of Statistics. Dr. Robin Ward, RUSMP Director of Curriculum Integration, presented "Put on Your Math Goggles: Seeing the Mathematics TEKS in Art." A concurrent reunion session for members of RUSMP's Mathematics Leadership Institute was facilitated by Dr. Richard Parr, RUSMP Executive Director.
Attendees also had an opportunity to visit the Rice Gallery's new installation "The Great Cape Rinderhorn" by Thorsten Brinkman. Breakfast and lunch were held on campus for networking and for reminiscing about the impact of RUSMP on the greater K-12 mathematics community over the years. One teacher commented that "RUSMP has had the greatest influence on me as an educator and is always there to help me." An administrator noted that "All initiatives in my district led by RUSMP have positively impacted instruction and have provided personalized support for campuses." Another teacher commented that "RUSMP's program and support are always of the highest quality."
Below: Tamekia Greene listening intently during the keynote address by Dr. Susan Troutman