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OPS Teacher Leader Academy

NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy

Special Opportunities for OPS Math Teachers

The NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy (OPS TLA) is a partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Omaha Public Schools. The OPS TLA programs form a community of OPS mathematics teachers (grades K-12) dedicated to strengthening mathematics teaching and learning in OPS classrooms. OPS TLA was made possible through generous support from The Sherwood Foundation® and the Lozier Foundation in Omaha.

OPS TLA offers four outstanding graduate opportunities for OPS teachers:

  • Primarily Math – An 18-credit hour graduate program, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds, for K-3 teachers leading to a K-3 mathematics specialist certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • Math in the Middle – A 36-credit hour graduate program, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds, for grades 4-8 teachers leading to a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; or
  • New Teacher Network – An 18-credit hour graduate program, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds, for teachers with secondary certification and fewer than three complete years of teaching experience;
  • Sherwood®-Lozier Fellowships to take NMSSI graduate courses – Graduate coursework for OPS K-12 mathematics teachers, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds.

Learn More

You can learn more about the benefits of these outstanding programs by contacting OPS teachers who are already part of the NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy by checking out our OPS Teacher Leader Academy Community page.

Math Course Offered Online in Spring

This spring, the UNL Department of Mathematics offered Math 805T: Discrete Mathematics for Teachers online, taught by Dr. Annika Denkert of UNL. Sherwood-Lozier Fellowships are available to pay for the cost of tuition and fees. The semester began January 13, 2014. The main goal of the course is 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.




Who Teaches OPS Teacher Leader Academy Classes?

NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy courses (Primarily Math, Math in the Middle, and NMSSI courses offered in Omaha) are taught using an instructional team approach that ensures support is always available to the OPS teacher-participants in the courses. OPS teachers will learn from an instructional team that includes outstanding faculty who teach at UNL, UNO and other Nebraska colleges as well as many OPS Master Teachers.

Summer 2013 Courses were:

Program Course Lead Instructor Other Instructional Team Members
Primarily Math Math 800P Kristie Pfabe Connie Colton, Tanya Archie, Mandy German, Dianne Lee
Primarily Math Math 801P Kristie Pfabe Connie Colton, Tanya Archie, Mandy German, Marni Dreissen, Matt Timm
Math in the Middle Math 800T Jim Lewis Janice Rech, Kesha King, Kyla Hall, Patty Hastings
Math in the Middle Math 802T Brent Larson Katie Garcia, Jessica Korth, Paula Millerd
NMSSI Math 810T Greg Sand
NMSSI Math 803P Jill Luschen
NMSSI Math 804P Phil LaFleur Katie Haymaker
NMSSI Online Math 808T Greg Sand
NMSSI Online Math 802T David Hartman
NMSSI Online TEAC 949A Ruth Heaton

Academic-Year Online Courses:

Semester Course Lead Instructor Other Instructional Team Members
Fall 2013 MATH 810T Michelle Homp Annika Denkert
Spring 2014 MATH 805T Annika Denkert Amber Vlasnik

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