NMSSI offers math courses for elementary teachers

LPS district math coach Delise Andrews teaches Math 803P in 2013 in Lincoln.
LPS district math coach Delise Andrews teaches Math 803P in 2013 in Lincoln.

Through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI) program in summer 2014, UNL is offering graduate-level courses in six Nebraska locations that are especially designed for elementary teachers. If you or your colleagues are interested in continuing to strengthen skills in mathematics and mathematics pedagogy, summer 2014 is a great time to invest in your education.

Although a complete list is available at the website below, here are just some of the course designed for elementary teachers:

MATH 804P: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Locations and dates: Columbus, June 2-6; Omaha, June 9-13; Hastings, June 16-20; Ainsworth, June 16-20; and Lincoln, July 7-11.

MATH 803P: Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Location and dates: Omaha, June 2-6; and Lincoln, June 2-13 (this can be taken concurrently with TEAC 801)

TEAC 801: Curriculum Inquiry
Location and dates: Lincoln, June 2-13 (this can be taken concurrently with Math 803P)

MATH 800T: Mathematics as a Second Language (for teachers of grade levels 3-8)
Location and dates: Grand Island, June 2-6; and Fremont, June 16-20

Something worth noting is that ESU 5 in Beatrice is going to host a section of Math 800P – the first course in the Primarily Math program – the week of June 2-6. So be sure to tell your colleagues about this (and other) opportunities.

For full descriptions and details about each course, see the NMSSI website listed below.

Finally, the NMSSI will offer additional courses for teachers of all grade levels, for a total of 28 courses in 11 locations. Even though formal UNL registration does not begin until March 17, the NMSSI 2014 catalog is already available on our website, at the link below.

For all on-site NMSSI courses, current Nebraska teachers automatically qualify for a UNL tuition fellowship, which amounts to 20 percent of in-state, graduate tuition. Additionally, Nebraska K-12 teachers can apply for a supplemental NMSSI Fellowship to further defray tuition costs for an NMSSI course. See our website for details.

Check out the NMSSI website at http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi/2014 for updates on course offerings, information about registration, and information about fellowship applications.