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Rice University School Mathematics Project
 

What We Do (At a Glance) 

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Annual Summer Campus Program 

RUSMP's premier professional development program is a rigorous three-week program each June for K-12 teachers with intensive academic-year follow-up activities. Independent evaluations indicate that participating teachers gain content knowledge and pedagogical skills that significantly improve their instruction, their self-efficacy, and their students' achievement on standardized assessments. ( more...)

Courses and Seminars for Mathematics Teachers and Leaders

RUSMP offers professional development courses for K-12 mathematics teachers throughout the year, many of which provide gifted and talented and/or Rice University graduate credit. A sample of the courses offered include: Topics in Algebra, Exploring Mathematics through the Visual Arts and Children’s Literature, and Calculus for High School Mathematics Teachers. RUSMP also offers courses and seminars designed for K-12 mathematics leaders. Facilitated by leading mathematics educators, leaders develop research-based strategies necessary to support improved mathematics instruction at their campuses and in their districts. Courses are also developed and customized based upon the needs of partner schools or school districts. ( more...)

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Integration

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“Mathematics is a foundation for all STEM disciplines, and thus, deciding whether to take mathematics in the first year [of college] and what type of math courses to take is crucial to students’ progression along the STEM pipeline.”  
        –
Institute of Education Sciences, STEM Attrition: College Students’ Paths Into and Out of STEM Fields

RUSMP offers customized STEAM programs with an emphasis on mathematics as the foundation for the other disciplines. RUSMP includes STEAM integration when appropriate in its programs and offers professional development opportunities for schools and school districts that focus on integrating children’s literature and the visual arts, technology, science, and engineering into the teaching of mathematics. ( more...)



Networking Conferences 

RUSMP hosts annual Fall and Spring Networking Conferences for the RUSMP network of teachers, administrators, and others from the educational community. Distinguished educators and scientists share their current research and interests, and RUSMP alumniand members of the RUSMP instructional team demonstrate exemplary mathematics lessons, new resources, and successful teaching strategies. ( more...)

Personalized School and District Support

RUSMP assesses the effectiveness of school- and district-level mathematics programs, makes recommendations for improvement, and provides targeted professional development, school-based support, coaching, and mentoring to improve student achievement. RUSMP also conducts mathematics curriculum audits for school districts and private schools and collaborates to revise their curricula so that their curricula are vertically aligned and support current state and national standards. ( more...)

Collaborations

RUSMP collaborates with schools, school districts, community organizations, government agencies, corporations, other departments at Rice, and other universities. ( more...)