Middle School Math Specialist (MSMS) Program Update

 

 The Middle School Math Specialist Program has been revised and improved based on data, principal feedback, and district needs.

Middle School Math Specialist Program consists of a five course sequence. The order of the courses:

1) Number, 2) Ratio, 3) Geometry, 4) Algebra, and 5) Experimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning (ECR). 

2016 Fall classes begin the first week of September. Teachers should apply now.

Two courses are offered every semester. Specific details about the courses offered are found on the application form. Beginning July 2016, teachers will complete the application to begin the enrollment process.

This is the class offering plan:

Upcoming Middle School Math Specialist Courses

Fall  2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring  2018

Number & Generalization

[Course #1]

Ratio & Proportion

[Course 2]

Geometry

[Course #3]

Algebra & Function

[Course 4]

Proof, Conjecture & Reasoning

[Course #5]

Geometry

[Course #3]

Algebra & Function

[Course 4]

Proof, Conjecture & Reasoning

[Course #5]

Ratio & Proportion

[Course 2]

Number& Generalization

[Course #1]

Link to:  Application Form for more specific class details

Direct questions to Laura Godfrey @  lgodfrey@madison.k12.wi.us

Beginning July 2016

MMSD will continue a partnership with the UW and offer the MSMS program through UW courses for teachers which will earn 3 PAC each upon successful completion of the course. This will continue over the next two years to support the current cohort of teachers that have a condition of employment that will allow them to complete the program. These courses will be available to teachers, and completing the 5 course sequence will fulfill MMSD condition of employment. The financial support would continue over a two year transition

In addition to 3 PAC credits, MMSD will provide a limited number of seats. MMSD will continue to cover the costs for up to 10 teachers in each class.

Priority will be determined by:

  1. Middle school math teachers working with a condition of employment
  2. Middle school math teachers.
  3. Teachers currently in program - giving more weight to the teachers who have taken the most classes.

Teachers who choose to participate in courses after spring 2018 would take on the financial responsibility. 

 

    •  What this means for teachers after July, 2016:

      • The Middle School Math Specialist Program continues.
      • The courses will be provided through the UW. Begin the enrollment process by submitting the  Application Form for MMSD.
      • Successful completion of the 5 course series will earn the credential MMSD Middle School Math Specialist.
      • Specific details about the courses offered each semester are found on the Application Form
      • Satisfactory completion of each course will earn 3 PAC credits. 
      • Teachers who have already begun the program can complete it by submitting the Application  for the remaining courses, earning PAC.

Option for teachers wanting to earn UW graduate credit:

A teacher may choose to enroll in MSMS courses for academic credit. A teacher may want to do this for licensure requirements. A teacher may want to do this because these courses guaranteed by UW to be accepted as credits toward a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. The cost would be at the Special Student rate, which is much less expensive than regular graduate credit cost. If a teacher chooses to enroll in any or all of the MSMS courses for UW academic credit, that teacher would be financially responsible.

 

Direct questions to Laura Godfrey @  lgodfrey@madison.k12.wi.us             

 

I.  Background of the Middle School Math Specialist Program

The Middle School Math Specialist (MSMS) Program is a partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Madison Metropolitan School District. This partnership grew out of the recommendations from the MMSD Math Task Force Report:

Recommendation #2: Focus hiring of grade 5-8 mathematics teachers on candidates who are mathematics specialists or who commit to meeting the district’s criteria for a mathematics specialist within three years.

In keeping with the recommendations of the Math Task Force, the following statement was made: 

As of October 25, 2010, it is the expectation of the MMSD Board of Education that all MMSD middle school teachers of math successfully complete a full sequence of these courses by the end of 2015.

The MSMS program consists of five specific courses that have connections from elementary through high school mathematical topics with a concentration at the middle school level including the Common Core State Standards.

 

II. 2016 Current State of Math in MMSD

The current landscape of the MMSD middle school mathematics is starkly different than in 2008. Middle School principals report that teacher capacity to provide quality mathematics instruction has steadily increased in each building. Through PLCs and teacher collaboration, the knowledge is being shared with other building teachers.

Since 2013, many systems have been created to support mathematics instruction district wide. Talented management has been working with principals to select best candidates for current and future hiring. Middle school math teachers are provided with standards aligned curricular resources and job embedded coaching.

With this growth and support in place, the 2010 model of the need for a condition of employment will no longer be required for any new hire after July 1, 2016.  We will be working closely with building administrators to hire new staff with secondary math experience and/or certification.  This experience will replace the need for a condition of employment.

 

III. Beginning July 2016

MMSD will continue the partnership with the UW and offer the MSMS program. The program consists of 5 consecutive UW courses, each earning 3 PAC. This would continue over the next two years to support the current cohort of teachers that have a condition of employment that will allow them to complete the program. These courses will be available to teachers, and completing the 5 course sequence will fulfill MMSD condition of employment. The financial support would continue over a two year transition.

In addition to PAC, MMSD will provide a limited number of seats. MMSD will continue to cover the costs for up to 10 teachers in each class. The priority for seating is stated above.