Activities for the 2005-2006 School Year at The University of New Mexico
- Summer Institute
Thirty elementary teachers from three New Mexico school districts participated in a two week summer institute. Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis offered a course called "Language, Culture, and Mathematics" in the morning while Rick Kitchen offered CGI training in the afternoon. Sylvia conducted teacher surveys at both the beginning and end of the institute as part of a CEMELA-wide research project on teacher education. She is currently collaborating with other CEMELA sites in this effort. UNM fellows are conducting site visits of many of these participating teachers for the purpose of follow-up CGI professional development support.
- Longitudinal Study
The entire CEMELA-UNM team, headed by Rick Kitchen, is involved in a three year longitudinal study that will monitor the transition of Latino/a students from elementary to middle school. The team examined the research protocols (observational and interview) that will be used for teachers, students, and parents earlier in the school year, and are now beginning to use these protocols. Four fifth grade teachers have been chosen for the project along with six students and their parents for each of the teachers. Back-to-back classroom observations take place once each semester and focus on evidence of:
- Intellectual support;
- Depth of knowledge and student understanding;
- Mathematical analysis;
- Mathematical discourse and communication; and
- Student engagement
A teacher interview takes place after the second classroom observation, with student and parent interviews taking place soon after.