NEW!! Join our MAA Connect community
Statement of purpose: Like all communities, our primary goal is to bring people together. As with many affinity areas, the people who design and lead (and cobble together funding for) teaching-focused professional development (TPD) are scattered throughout the country, working in all types of institutions, in all corners of the country, and with a wide variety of motivation and support. This MAA Connect community is a place for these professionals to meet, network, and share resources, skills, beliefs, and support with one another. All are welcome!
Getting started on MAA Connect (http://connect.maa.org)
PDF instructions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hwQz774dxt3anmFOcoC4cOxL6bmjZVbP
Video instructions: https://youtu.be/Pgt4cf-eB3c Getting into the system is addressed first. Joining specific communities is addressed starting at 07:50
Community title: Leaders in Teaching-Focused Professional Development
Why professional development?
Using the metaphor of a lever (a simple machine used to move an object at one location by applying a smaller force somewhere else), we believe that supporting and nourishing the community of leaders/providers/facilitators of teaching-focused professional development can have large effects downstream in our classroom teaching and even upstream in the change-culture of our departments and institutions.
Teaching-focused professional development can...
help instructors improve skills in research-based teaching by providing resources and models, facilitating changes in knowledge and beliefs, and welcoming them into a community of common practice;
build leadership capacity to strengthen research-based teaching in coordinated math courses, across programs, and within the larger mathematics community; and
strengthen learning, encourage persistence, and broaden participation of students in the downstream classes.
What to expect
Doug Ensley (firstname.lastname@example.org), Shippensburg University (emeritus professor)
Stan Yoshinobu (email@example.com), University of Toronto
Sandra Laursen (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Colorado Boulder
Tim Archie (email@example.com), University of Colorado Boulder
Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), MAA Senior Director of Programs