RUSMP's premier professional development program is a rigorous 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.
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.
RUSMP, a Code.org Regional Partner, is a local hub for computer science (CS) professional learning for K-12 teachers to expand pre-college students' access to CS. RUSMP is dedicated to expanding access to CS and, in particular, to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented ethnic minority students in CS.
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 alumni and members of the RUSMP instructional team demonstrate exemplary mathematics lessons, new resources, and successful teaching strategies.
The creation of the Rice University Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program united an unprecedented variety of professionals as core partners with a common purpose: to develop 16 exceptional secondary mathematics teachers into National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows. The program is creating school-based leaders in mathematics deeply grounded in sound mathematical content and research-based pedagogical, leadership, adult education, and mathematics advocacy skills.