Spring 2005 Activities at
The University of New Mexico
- Summer Institute
The first cohort of teachers to participate in the University of New Mexico [UNM] CEMELA Summer Institute in the summer of 2005 has been recruited. The Institute for 35 K-5 teachers will be held in Albuquerque on June 6-17, 2005. The participating teachers work in CEMELA partner schools in one of the partner districts of Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo Public Schools, or Socorro Consolidated Schools. All participating teachers will receive a stipend and obtain materials and supplies at no cost. Participants will also have a classroom coach assigned to them to support their classroom instruction in mathematics for two consecutive years. They will also be asked to support CEMELA research activities, such as to participate in interviews and to support classroom observations. The primary goal of the Institute is to introduce participants to a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving approach to mathematics education that addresses the unique needs of Latinos in the K-5 classroom using Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) as a theoretical base.
- Teacher Study Group
CEMELA-UNM will be initiating a study group for 10-12 K-2 teachers at a local Elementary School beginning in the fall of 2005. This study group will examine how to integrate problem-solving approaches such as Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) with bilingual ed/ESL strategies in mathematics. These study group participants will also lead two full-day conferences for UNM Summer Institute participants. This will allow practicing teachers opportunities to share some of what they have learned to improve the mathematics education of their Latino students, with a specific focus on improving classroom practice.
- Parent Workshop
In January 2005, UNM faculty conducted a workshop in Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) for parents at another local Elementary School in Albuquerque. The workshop was designed to introduce parents to the CGI problem types and problem solving strategies that children use. The workshop was held at two different times: in the evening for parents who work and during an afternoon. Both workshop sessions were conducted in Spanish and well-attended (about 30 parents attended each).