RUSMP Master Teacher and Bellaire High School Computer Science teacher Alice Fisher was honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology with their 2018 Aspirations in Computing: Houston Edcuator's Award for her leadership in promoting CS education in the Houston area. One of Alice's students, Jasmine Huang, was also honored with this year's student award!
RUSMP was awarded a Texas Teacher Externship Program Grant from the University of Texas at Austin. Through this grant, mathematics and science teachers from targeted schools will spend 40 hours this summer interacting with Bluware Inc. computer scientists as they develop software for the oil and gas industry. By interacting with these professionals, participating teachers will develop a deeper understanding of the skills and dispositions necessary for success in STEM fields. They will share their experiences at the RUSMP 2018 Fall Networking Conference.
RUSMP hosted an informational conference hosted for administrators from the Houston area on Friday, February 9, 2018. The conference started with an overview of RUSMP and information about RUSMP's newest programs for teachers and students and services for PreK-12 schools and school districts. Dr. Faye McNeil, principal of Montgomery Elementary School, Houston ISD and member of the RUSMP Advisory Board and Doris Robins, Superintendent of Academy of Accelerated Learning, Inc. then shared their perspectives on the impact of RUSMP.
The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), in collaboration with Code.org, is offering Professional Learning Programs for secondary computer science (CS) teachers in the Houston area during Summer 2018 and the 2018-19 academic year. There is no cost for either of these year-long professional development programs.
Below is a description of the two programs:
RUSMP hosted it's annual Spring Networking Conference on Saturday February 3. The theme for the conference was â€śCollege Readiness: Where Does It Begin?â€ť The conference began with a lively discussion about college readiness led by the community college mathematics faculty with audience participation.
Rice Universityâ€™s Tudor Fieldhouse was bustling with activity as 4,000+ energetic students from area school districts (Aldine ISD, Alvin ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD, Humble ISD, Pearland ISD, and Spring Branch ISD) learned about mathematics and science and attended a menâ€™s basketball game. The fifth annual â€śSchool House Maniaâ€ť event was sponsored by the Rice Athletics Department. Students attending this event were deafening as they cheered on the menâ€™s basketball teams from Rice University and St. Edwardâ€™s University.
The Rice University Mathematics Department is hosting a summer program June 4-15Â for current Houston ISD 7th- and 8th-grade students: Patterns, Math, and You. Students will explore mathematics and have the opportunity to interact with mathematics professors, graduate students, and other students interested in math.
Applications for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual grants for teachers are now being accepted. The deadline for each of these grant opportunities is November 3. Please follow the links below to get more information about submission requirements. These are great opportunities for teachers.Â
NCTM Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants