Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes 2017

2017 Course Catalog

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NMSSI Courses for Mathematics Teachers

MATH 800T - Math as a Second Language

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Omaha
Dates: July 10-14, 8am - 5pm
This course will help you align your teaching with the new Nebraska standards and the new Common Core standards in mathematics by focusing on the development of "habits of mind of a mathematical thinker". The approach is to understand arithmetic (number) and (introductory) algebra as a means of communicating mathematical ideas, and will stress a deep understanding of the basic operations of arithmetic, as well as the interconnected nature of arithmetic, algebra and geometry relating to the grades 3-7 curriculum. Math 800T is not open to teachers who have secondary certification.

MATH 803P - Algebraic Thinking for the Elementary Classroom

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Locations: Grand Island, Omaha
Dates: multiple
Discussion will revolve around student understanding of Algebraic properties of mathematics as participants examine case studies, video segments and student work samples. Participants will explore instructional strategies for fostering Algebraic thinking that are appropriate for both the primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5) elementary classrooms.

MATH 804P - Problem Solving & Critical Thinking for Elementary Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Locations: Omaha, Lincoln
Dates: multiple
The course seeks to build a strong foundation for the teaching and communication of mathematical concepts by the hands-on development of critical-thinking skills via problem-solving experiences. It provides a guided opportunity for the implementation of problem-solving instruction that is aligned with the new Nebraska mathematics standards in both the primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5) elementary classroom. (In 2017, the Lincoln section of this course is open only to LPS teachers who must apply to take the course.)

MATH 804T - Experimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 26-30, 8am - 5pm
This course focuses on problem solving, reasoning and proof and communicating mathematics. The overall goal for this course is to bring participants to the next level in the development of their mathematical habits of mind: A person who is an effective mathematical thinker has a toolbox of skills and knowledge to experiment, conjecture, reason, and ultimately solve problems.

MATH 805T - Discrete Mathematics for Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Omaha
Dates: July 17-21, 8am - 5pm
Designed to deepen knowledge of discrete mathematics as it relates to topics covered in middle through high school curricula. Course topics (such as graph theory and counting techniques) are introduced through "hands-on" explorations through which various problem-solving strategies are emphasized.

MATH 806T - Number Theory & Cryptology for Secondary Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 19-23, 8am - 5pm
This course focuses on basic number theory results which are needed to understand the number theoretic RSA cryptography algorithm (an encryption algorithm which is in use today to secure information sent via the internet). The course emphasizes connections to middle level mathematics and promotes a deep understanding of the integers and their properties. Elementary methods for encoding and decoding are introduced to elucidate the nature of cryptology. These methods are readily adaptable as enrichment activities in the classroom.

MATH 807T - Using Math to Understand Our World

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hastings
Dates: June 5-9, 8am - 5pm
This course will examine the mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions from a variety of academic disciplines. Mathematical models of problems will be constructed and studied using a variety of topics and basic skills in algebra, functions, statistics and probability. Sources will include original documentation whenever possible (such as government data, reports and research papers) in order to provide a sense of the very real role that mathematics plays in society.

Math 807T is not open to teachers who have completed Math 809.

MATH 808T - Concepts of Calculus for Middle Level Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: May 15-July 7
Develops a fundamental understanding of the key mathematical ideas of calculus in order to broaden teachers' mathematical perspective and gain insight into concepts contained in the middle-level curriculum which are related and foundational to the development of calculus. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, applications and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

MATH 811T - Functions for High School Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Locations: Omaha, Lincoln
Dates: multiple
Paired With: CSCE 890 (Omaha), SOCI 898 (Lincoln)
A study of functions in the pre-calculus, high school mathematics curriculum from an advanced viewpoint. Functions will be investigated by examining their utility in more advanced courses and applications, enabling teachers to better understand the important aspects and appropriate emphasis of a concept. Content will include polynomial, circular (trig), and exponential functions, and their connections to calculus.

MATH 812T - Geometry for Geometry Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 1 pm - 5pm
Paired With: TEAC 808E (Lincoln)
The main goals of the course are to strengthen your mathematical background for teaching Geometry. We will focus on fundamental concepts of Euclidean geometry, with explorations of non-Euclidean geometry for contrast. We will make extensive use of manipulatives and the dynamic geometry software GeoGebra.

MATH 896 - Special Topics: Elementary-Integrated STEM

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
Teachers will learn to leverage science explorations to provide context and meaning to mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom, while also supporting children’s learning of science. Participants will engage in integrated science/math experiences, deepen their knowledge of concepts needed to integrate math and science in their own classrooms, and learn how to develop rich, integrated lessons to engage children in meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

MATH 896 - Special Topics: Functions and Covariational Reasoning in STEM

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
This course will focus on content knowledge for secondary mathematics teachers, connecting functions across the secondary mathematics curriculum to each other and to science content. Functions arise when modeling physical phenomena, providing connections across the curriculum and to the world outside school. Through the content of functions, teachers in this course will solve mathematical problems, model and represent mathematical problems, communicate mathematical ideas effectively, and make mathematical connections.

SOCI 898 - Social Psychological Processes in the STEM Classroom: Activating STEM Identities

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 10-14, 17-21, 1pm - 5pm
Paired With: MATH 811T (Lincoln)
This class covers a broad range of social psychological topics and processes to help teachers better understand how social context impacts STEM learning. Students will learn about social inequality in STEM fields, and the individual, interactional, and institutional barriers to developing a science identity for youth from a variety of social locations (rural/urban, gender, race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, ELL). The class will learn about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and identity theory, and how they impact formal and informal social interactions and learning in the STEM classroom. They will learn and help formulated practical strategies to reduce their negative impact in order to broaden and widen student engagement in STEM.

STAT 812T - Statistics for High School Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: May 29-June 30
This course will cover the statistical concepts typically taught in a high school Statistics class. These include: linear regression, two-way tables, sampling distributions, statistical inference for means and proportions, chi-square tests, and inference for regression. Some experience with basic statistical concepts (mean, standard deviation, elementary probability) is necessary. The course will be inquiry-based, and will emphasize applications and statistical thinking. Software and calculators will be used for most analyses.
The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 800 - Inquiry into Teaching and Learning

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: June 5-July 7
This course will introduce you to the assumptions about what counts as knowledge underlying particular approaches to scholarly inquiry and will help you identify the factors, forces and audiences that shape any and all forms of educational research. Because this course is online, it does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 801 - Curriculum Inquiry

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: June 5-July 7
Focuses on building an understanding of mathematics curriculum development, including historical and contemporary issues that influence curriculum planning and educational change. Because this course is online, it does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 808E - Improvement of Instruction in School Mathematics – Secondary: Special Topics - Mathematics Curriculum Analysis and Design

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8 am-noon
Paired With: MATH 812T (Lincoln)
This course will focus primarily on the written curricula during significant periods of school mathematics curriculum history. It is designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions useful in the design and analysis of school mathematics curriculum materials. A central feature will be a careful analysis of contemporary written curricula, both standard and innovative, from mathematical content and pedagogical design perspectives and the design of both student and teacher materials.

TEAC 880E - Teaching with Technology: Instructional Technology in K-8 Mathematics Classrooms

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Locations: Online, Lincoln
Dates: multiple
This course will focus on goal-driven technology use for the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary and middle grades. A survey of relevant research and theories relating to mathematics technology will provide a foundation for exploring, analyzing, evaluating, and planning mathematics instruction that leverages the affordances of technology in the K-8 classroom. Participants will investigate and demonstrate applications, design assessment and instruction, and enhance curriculum materials to integrate technology across a variety of mathematics topics in elementary and middle grades. This course will offer differentiated reading and assignment options that target both research and classroom practice. The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 892 - Teacher Learning about Reasoning & Sense Making in Secondary Mathematics

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: May 15-July 7
This course will focus on three main issues: exploring the nature of reasoning-and-proving in secondary mathematics; establishing criteria for judging the validity of mathematical arguments; and, developing strategies for modifying current textbook tasks to provide more reasoning opportunities for students. Course materials include math tasks, cases drawn from real secondary mathematics classrooms, related student work, and prompts for mathematical and pedagogical discussions and reflections. This is an excellent course to help secondary teachers make immediate improvements to their mathematics classrooms in order to better prepare students for the NeSA-M.
The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 892 - Special Topics: Manipulatives in Mathematics Education

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Ashland
Dates: June 19-23, 8am - 5pm
This course is devoted to the role of manipulative materials (both concrete and virtual) in promoting mathematics learning. A philosophy of using manipulatives is developed and integrated with a range of experiences proven effective in helping students learn mathematics. The topics and materials will range from primary to middle grades to secondary mathematics.
NMSSI Courses for Science Teachers

CSCE 890 - Introduction to Robotics for Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Omaha
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, noon - 4pm
Paired With: MATH 811T (Omaha)
This course is for middle school and secondary school teachers wishing to gain knowledge and experience in the foundations of the science of Robotics and in the programming and field testing of robots using the included software. Each day introduces a particular strategy and teaching objective taught through class presentations, robot programming demonstrations, and challenges in Robotics programming completed both in class and as homework. Enrollment is limited to 10.

GEOS 898 - Methods in Geoscience Field Instruction

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Fieldwork
Dates: June 10 (on campus), June 11 (depart at 8am), June 25 (return by 5pm)
A 16-day, inquiry-based geology field course in which participants will enhance their inquiry skills and experience learning (and camping) in the great outdoors across Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The primary aim of this course is to improve educators' ability to teach inquiry, gain knowledge and understanding of geoscience, and to demonstrate effective teaching methods for 6-12 learning environments. Participants will discover, observe and study a variety of natural phenomena, focusing on Earth processes and geological history. Enrollment is limited to 9.

GEOS 898 - Geology of North America

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 10-14, 8am - 5pm
This course will discuss how the geology of the North American continent contains classic examples of nearly every geologic process that has acted to form the crust of the Earth (e.g the San Andreas Fault, Yellowstone National Park, Nebraska Sandhills) and will explore the processes of plate tectonics and the way that the surface of the Earth (and life thereon) has evolved throughout geologic time.

GEOS 898 - Special Topics: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
This course provides teachers with the science content knowledge to more confidently and effectively teach Earth Science concepts dealing with water (hydrosphere) and rock (geosphere). It provides practical and hands-on lessons that teachers can use in their classrooms, and course facilitators model how to implement active learning strategies to teach the Earth Science content.

MATH 896 - Special Topics: Elementary-Integrated STEM

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk and North Platte
Dates: June 5-9, 12-16, 8am - 5pm
Teachers will learn to leverage science explorations to provide context and meaning to mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom, while also supporting children’s learning of science. Participants will engage in integrated science/math experiences, deepen their knowledge of concepts needed to integrate math and science in their own classrooms, and learn how to develop rich, integrated lessons to engage children in meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

NRES 898 - Teaching and Learning about Water Systems

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 12-16, 8am - 5pm
As part of this course, students will learn about water systems, use relevant science standards, assessments, and other instructional tools to plan for implementation of science instruction focused on water systems in middle and high school classroom settings, and integrate a focus on water systems into their own grades 6-12 curriculum by adapting and/or supplementing curricular resources that reflect these new instructional approaches.

SOCI 898 - Social Psychological Processes in the STEM Classroom: Activating STEM Identities

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 10-14, 17-21, 1pm - 5pm
Paired With: MATH 811T (Lincoln)
This class covers a broad range of social psychological topics and processes to help teachers better understand how social context impacts STEM learning. Students will learn about social inequality in STEM fields, and the individual, interactional, and institutional barriers to developing a science identity for youth from a variety of social locations (rural/urban, gender, race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, ELL). The class will learn about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and identity theory, and how they impact formal and informal social interactions and learning in the STEM classroom. They will learn and help formulated practical strategies to reduce their negative impact in order to broaden and widen student engagement in STEM.