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

Applications for the 2015 cohort of Primarily Math and ITEAM are now open. The application deadline is January 26, 2015. Teachers will be notified of their status by February 20, 2015. Any OPS teachers wanting to take a course online during the academic year or through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes should email us at nebraskamath@unl.edu to request a fellowship.

Other OPS TLA Programs

While these programs are no longer accepting applications, over 75 OPS teachers are currently pursuing these professional development opportunities.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 spring, the department will offer three courses to choose from: Math 812T: Geometry for Geometry Teachers, Math 804T: Experimentation, Conjecture and Reasoning, and TEAC 880E: Teaching with Technology: Instructional Technology in Mathematics. See the descriptions below. All three of these courses count toward the Master of Arts for Teachers degree.

    Spring registration is now open. If you are interested in taking a course, we recommend registering for only one class per term. The UNL spring semester begins January 12, 2015. Because we would be covering your tuition, you will need to register before December 19, 2014. Please contact Lindsay Augustyn at laugustyn2@unl.edu for the contract.

    MATH 804T: EXPERIMENTATION, CONJECTURE AND REASONING, section 700, Class Number for Registration: 24745 - The main goal of the course is to focus on problem solving, reasoning and proof and communicating mathematics, bringing participants to the next level in the developing mathematical habits of mind.

    MATH 812T: GEOMETRY FOR GEOMETRY TEACHERS, section 700, Class Number for Registration: 24744 - The main goals of the course are to strengthen teachers' mathematical background for teaching Geometry. We will focus on fundamental concepts of Euclidean geometry, with explorations of non-Euclidean geometry for contrast.

    TEAC 880E: TEACHING MATHEMATICS WITH TECHNOLOGY, section 700, Class Number for Registration: 24830 - The focus of this workshop is on developing skills for using GeoGebra in the teaching and learning of middle and high school mathematics. Topics found in PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses will be emphasized. Geometry properties and theorems, functions, transformations, conics, data analysis and other mathematics topics will be addressed. Participants will develop interactive mathematics applets, map downloaded files to their curriculum, and develop an implementation plan of action.

    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 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, Patty Hastings
    Math in the Middle C1 Math 802T Brent Larson Katie Garcia, Jessica Korth, Paula Millerd
    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 Annika Denkert
    Spring 2014 Math 805T Annika Denkert Amber Vlasnik
    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 Jason Lutz, Charles Tomlinson
    Math in the Middle C1 STAT 811T Kendra Schmid Elizabeth Lyden, Lynette Smith, 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 TBD
    Spring 2015 Math 812T Christine Kelley
    Spring 2015 TEAC 880E Chuck Friesen