Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy

 
 

Special Opportunities for OPS 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 five outstanding graduate opportunities for OPS teachers:

  • New Teacher Network – An 18-credit hour graduate program, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds, for secondary mathematics 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;
  • ITEAM – An 18-credit hour graduate program, with tuition and fees paid by OPS TLA funds, for grades 4-6 teachers;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Requests for Sherwood-Lozier Fellowships for the fall semesters are now being accepted. Other OPS TLA programs are not accepting applications at this time.

Online Courses

For those whose busy schedules require flexible scheduling in order to make taking graduate courses possible, the UNL Department of Mathematics offers mathematics courses for teachers online on a regular basis. This fall, Math 810T: Algebra for Algebra Teachers will be offered and will count toward the Master of Arts for Teachers degree.

Fall registration is now open. If you are interested in taking a course, we recommend registering for only one class per term. Because we would be covering your tuition, you will need to register before August 21, 2015. Please contact Lindsay Augustyn at laugustyn2@unl.edu with any questions.

MATH 810T: Algebra for Algebra Teachers (Class # 4834): The main goal of the course is to help Algebra I teachers better understand the conceptual underpinnings of school algebra, and how to leverage that understanding into improved classroom practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the habits of mind of a mathematical thinker. Middle level teachers wishing to take a course focusing on algebra for teachers may wish to consider Math 802T instead in the summer of 2016.

Who Has Taught OPS TLA Courses?

NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy courses (Primarily Math, ITEAM, Math in the Middle, New Teacher Network, 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. Past course instructors are listed here:

Program Course Lead Instructor Other OPS Instructional Team Members
Primarily Math C1 Math 800P, 801P Kristie Pfabe Connie Colton, Tanya Archie, Mandy Farrage, Dianne Lee, Marni Driessen, Matt Timm
Math in the Middle C1 Math 800T Jim Lewis Janice Rech, Kesha King, Kyla Hall (LPS), Patty Hastings
Math in the Middle C1 Math 802T Brent Larson Katie Garcia, Jessica Korth, Paula Jakopovic
NMSSI 2013 Math 810T Greg Sand
NMSSI 2013 MATH 803P Jill Luschen
NMSSI 2013 MATH 804P Phil LaFleur
NMSSI 2013 Online MATH 808T Greg Sand
NMSSI 2013, 2014 Online Math 802T David Hartman
NMSSI 2013 Online TEAC 949A Ruth Heaton
Fall 2013 Math 810T Michelle Homp
Spring 2014 Math 805T Annika Denkert Amber Vlasnik (LPS)
Primarily Math C1 Math 802P Janice Rech Kesha King, Patty Hastings
Primarily Math C1 TEAC 907 Molly Williams Michelle Metzger, Kerri Kratina
Primarily Math C2 Math 800P, 801P Kristie Pfabe Connie Colton, Tanya Archie, Mandy Farrage, Suzanne Pike, Matt Timm
Math in the Middle C1 TEAC 801 Wendy Smith Paula Jakopovic, Jonelle Dickmeyer, Matt Timm
Math in the Middle C1 Math 806T Brent Larson
Math in the Middle C1 STAT 811T Kendra Schmid Tanya Archie, Brianna Pinquoch
Math in the Middle C2 Math 800T Angie Hodge Keri Witherell, Lisa Vavra, Kesha King
Math in the Middle C2 Math 802T Michael Matthews Katie Garcia, Jessica Korth, Amy Gordon
Math in the Middle C2 TEAC 801 Paula Jakopovic Phil LaFleur, Jessica Korth
NMSSI 2014 Math 803P Jill Luschen
NMSSI 2014 Math 804P Katie Garcia
NMSSI 2014 TEAC 890 Elizabeth Cunningham
NMSSI 2014 Online Math 807T Amy Nebesniak
NMSSI 2014 Online TEAC 949A Lorraine Males
Fall 2014 Math 810T Michelle Homp
Fall 2014 Math 811T Greg Sand
Spring 2015 Math 804T Lucinda Zmarzly
Spring 2015 Math 812T Christine Kelley
Spring 2015 TEAC 880E Chuck Friesen
Primarily Math C3 Fontenelle/Indian Hill Math 800P Michael Matthews Jonelle Dickmeyer
Primarily Math C3 Fontenelle/Indian Hill Math 801P Michael Matthews Marni Driessen
Primarily Math C3 Math 800P, 801P Kristie Pfabe, Connie Colton Lisa Holland, Jonelle Dickmeyer, Val Schovanec
Primarily Math C2 Math 802P Derek Boeckner Jessica Korth, Patty Hastings
Primarily Math C2 TEAC 907 Paula Jakopovic Matt Timm, Kerri Kratina
ITEAM Math 800T Nathan Wakefield Kesha King, Lynn West, Keri Witherell
ITEAM Math 804P Katie Garcia Lisa Vavra, Tanya Archie, Edie Ronhovde (Fremont)
Math in the Middle C1 Math 896 Wendy Smith, Jim Lewis
Math in the Middle C1 Math 808T Janice Rech Tanya Archie, Jamisen Goodell
Math in the Middle C2 STAT 811T Kendra Schmid Brianna Pinquoch
Math in the Middle C2 Math 806T Angie Hodge Lauren Beitel, Phil LaFleur
Math in the Middle C2 Math 805T Brent Larson Collin Holmquist
Summer 2015 Math 803P Jill Luschen
Summer 2015 Math 804P Chuck Friesen
Summer 2015 Math 809 Greg Sand
Summer 2015 TEAC 892 Reasoning and Sensemaking David Hartman
Summer 2015 Math 806T Greg Sand
Summer 2015 TEAC 892 Integrating Geometry Sherry West Collin Holmquist
Fall 2015 Math 810T Lucinda Zmarzly
Math in the Middle C2 TEAC 808J Kelly Grinnell
Primarily Math C3 TEAC 808A Kerri Kratina
ITEAM TEAC 808A Matt Timm, Paula Jakopovic