Coding for the Core

Computer Programming & Common Core Middle Grades Mathematics

Professional Development Opportunity at Carson Newman University for Grades 6-8 Math Teachers

Tennessee Tech University is offering Coding for the Core in partnership with Carson Newman University through an Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant award. Thirty middle school math teachers will be selected to receive training focused on computer programming and robotics with specific connections to Common Core State Standards for math. CCSS mathematical topics such as ratios and proportional relationships, linear equations, functions, statistics, and probability can find exciting applications in areas such as video game design and robotics. Professional development will be aimed to improve math content and pedagogical knowledge with a focus on best practices for instruction as required by TEAM.

Participating Teachers can expect to receive:

  • 12 days of professional development
  • $75 daily stipend for professional development days
  • Many wonderful math instructional materials and resources

Apply Early! Spots Will Fill Quickly!

  • Preference will be given to at least 2 teachers from any school (unless there is only one grade 6-8 math teacher at a given school). Individual teachers are encouraged to apply even if there aren't others interested from the same school.
  • Criteria for participant selection include order of application receipt and fair representation from partner districts.
  • First priority is given to the following partner districts: Campbell, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Jefferson, Morgan, Putnam, Roane, and White.
  • Application must be submitted by Friday, May 8, 2015.
  • Please follow the link above for the application form and information about workshop dates.

Meet the Project Leaders

Participating Teacher Responsibilities

  1. Attend a two-week summer workshop at Carson Newman University. July 6-10, 2015 & July 20-24, 2015.
  2. Attend two follow-up sessions at Carson Newman University. September 26 and October 24, 2015
  3. Agree to be observed in your classroom Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 by the project director.
  4. Take pre-post tests and pre-post surveys
  5. Share TEAM evaluation scores and student test data for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 school years with the project directors.
  6. Agree to miss no more than 12 hours of professional development workshops (If more than 12 hours are missed, the participant must forfeit his/her place in the project and return all equipment and materials to the Project Director).

Professional Development Dates

All PD held at Carson Newman University 8:30-3:30 (11:30-12:30 lunch on your own)

July 6-10, 2015

July 20-24, 2015

September 26, 2015

October 24, 2015