The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department regularly offers continuing education programs for in-service teachers who are teaching mathematics in grades K-12. Recently we have offered programs for middle school mathematics teachers who wish to be certified to teach Algebra I and for high school mathematics teachers who were preparing to teach the new high school mathematics course Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis. In Spring 2014 we offered a mathematics course for in-service K-2 classroom teachers.
The outreach office welcomes requests for coursework. Current offerings include:
K-8 Mathematics Specialist cohort. Twenty eight Richmond area teachers are enrolled in the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics and Science Leadership track which is designed to prepare in-service K-8 teachers to be mathematics specialists. Teachers enrolled in the cohort will complete the degree program in three years, beginning summer 2015. It is a state approved program that meets all of the requirements for the Virginia Mathematics Specialist endorsement.
Collaborative Master’s degree program for secondary teachers. In conjunction with Radford University, the VCU Mathematics Outreach is offering a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education for Richmond area teachers. The program is being directed by Aimee Ellington.
Interactive Mathematics Institute for Richmond Middle School Teachers. This is a three year project to provide mathematics professional development for middle school teachers and their building administrators in the Richmond Public School district. Participants will complete two undergraduate mathematics courses: Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for Middle School Teachers and Algebraic Thinking for Middle School Teachers through 2-week intensive summer institutes and school year follow-up sessions.
Faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics have played a primary role in the establishment of the VMSC. The VMSC has provided leadership in strengthening the requirements for certification for mathematics and science teachers in Virginia and is an active advocate for mathematics and science education.
The VMSC also publishes the Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. Published since 1997, it has been continually edited by VCU Mathematics faculty members P. N. Raychowdhury, Reuben Farley, and Aimee Ellington (current editor).
Another VMSC initiative led by VCU faculty is the Statewide Master’s Degree Programs which offers collaborative programs with partner universities.
The department is actively involved in the GRCTM. Joy Whitenack is a member of the Board of Directors.
The work that the Department has engaged in with the K-12 community has influenced the programs offered by the Department of Mathematics to prepare prospective teachers. We are proud of the programs we offer for Preparation for Teaching K-5 and Preparation for Teaching 6-12 teachers of mathematics.