The Center for Healing in Racism is hosting their Dialougue: Racism Fall Session on September 22 and September 29 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm each Saturday at 3412 Crawford. The two-day workshop provides a safe, respectful, and loving atmosphere for individuals to learn new information, share experiences, dispel fears and guilt, and get to know each other. This workshop, open to everyone, explores themes discussed by Cherry Steinwender, Executive Director of the Center, during her work with RUSMP's NSF Noyce Master Teachers during their 2018 Summer Institute.
RUSMP's National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program was the focus of two poster sessions and a workshop session at the 2018 Noyce Summit in Washington, DC on July 16-18. The annual conference, co-hosted by the NSF and the American Association for the Advancement of Science brings together STEM educators and researchers who work with the various Robert Noyce grant programs across the United States.
The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) played a major role in the 2018 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching at the George R. Brown Convention Center on July 16-18. Richard Parr, RUSMP executive director, served on the program committee, a position he has held for several years. RUSMP had a dedicated room at the conference in which RUSMP directors and master teachers were showcased. Photos from the RUSMP room atÂ CAMT are available here.
The RUSMP sessions included:
An article written by Danya Corkin, Assistant Professor Psychology, University of Houston-Downtown, Adem Ekmekci, RUSMP Director of Research and Evaluation, and Richard Parr, RUSMP Executive Director was recently published in The Australian Journal of Teacher Education. The article, "The Effects of the School-Work Environment on Mathematics Teachersâ€™ Motivation for Teaching: A Self-Determination Theoretical Perspective," investigated how factors of teachers' school-work environments predict their self-efficacy and intrinsic value for teaching.
KeriÂ Warren was awarded the 2018 We Teach CS Change Maker Award sponsored by Texas Instruments and Oracle at the WeTeach_CS Summit in Georgetown Texas on June 18. We Teach_CS is a program of the University of Texas Center for STEM Education. Keri, a participant in RUSMP's Code.org and WeTeach_CS programs was nominated by RUSMP for her commitment to computer science education. A total of four teachers are selected each year from all public, private, and charter elementary, middle or high schools in the state.
Milby High School kicked off the new Milby STEM Institute Magnet Program (MSI) with a Rice campus mathematics tour on June 6, 2018. The tour provided 13 incoming MSI freshmen with the opportunity to visit the Rice campus to participate in the Rice University School Mathematics Projectâ€˜s (RUSMP) famous mathematics tour of the campus.
The response to our June enrichment programs for rising 8th-,9th-, and 10th-Graders who will be taking Algebra I or Geometry in the fall of 2018 was huge, and parents want us to offer a new section to accommodate the students on the waiting list and other students who might also want to attend.
Carolyn White, RUSMP Director of Elementary Programs, and Susan Troutman, RUSMP Director of Secondary Programs, presented "Using Coffee Stirrers to Develop Reasoning about Geometric Shapes and Their Attributes" on Friday April 27 at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. During this session, the 70 teachers in attendance participated in hands-on activities that would help students at all grade levels develop their geometric thinking skills.
RUSMPâ€™s Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Adem Ekmekci, presented three studies at the 2018 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) which was held in New York City April 13-17. The first study (co-authored by Dr. Alpaslan Sahin from Harmony Public Schools-HPS) was about development and validation of a self-reported 21st century skills instrument (21CSI). The results from the pilot validation phase were presented for this first study. Data collection for the main study is currently ongoing with plans to to present results at next yearâ€™s meeting in Toronto.
Nearly 200 middle and high school students from the greater Houston area attended the first Computer Science (CS) Fair hosted by Rice Universityâ€™s School MathematicsÂ Project (RUSMP) on April 18, 2018 at the Grand Hall on the Rice University Campus. The fair, part of RUSMP's outreach as a Code.org Regional Partner, was designed to further develop students interests in CS by allowing them to interact with student-developed CS projects and participate in activitiesÂ designed by organizations committed to CS education and Rice University students.Â