Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes 2021

2021 Course Catalog

Please note that our courses are marked as either Online (Synchronous) or Online (Asynchronous). For these purposes, synchronous means online meetings with the instructor and the whole class at once (on at least part of the dates listed), and asynchronous means working at your pace, like a typical online course that UNL offers.

Courses such as TEAC 800, TEAC 801 and TEAC 813M are also options for teachers this summer, but these courses do not qualify for the 20% tuition discount or additional NMSSI Fellowships.


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NMSSI Courses for Mathematics Teachers

MATH 802P - Number, Geometry and Algebraic Thinking II for K-3 Math Specialists

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3

Location and Dates:
Online (Synchronous): June 7-11 and June 14-18, 1-5 pm (Zoom, with breaks)
This course builds on the mathematics studied in Math 800P and 801P and extends teachers’ mathematical knowledge by considering how concepts studied in the K-3 curriculum lay a foundation for abstract thinking in grades 4 and beyond. The first week focuses on a study of fractions (which are prevalent in the 4 – 6 curriculum), and the second week emphasizes geometry topics that underlie the 4 – 6 curriculum. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on solving problems that develop the “habits of mind of a mathematical thinker” and then communicating solutions to peers.

SOCI 898 - Using Systems Thinking in Network Science

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3

Location and Dates:
Online (Synchronous): June 7-11 and June 14-18, 8am-noon (Zoom, with breaks)
This course is open to any teachers of math, science or computer science, with the primary audience of middle level teachers. Full tuition fellowships will be available from the Worlds of Connections grant. This course is intended for STEM teachers and will apply concepts of network science to systems and system models; explore activities designed to help students understand systems, systems models, and how network science concepts can reveal how systems operate; understand modeling situations and careers that intersect with network science; understand key concepts and terms related to systems and system models; apply concepts of systems and system models to teacher professional networks, student networks, and how network connections impact teacher and student learning and risk-taking; and explore developmentally appropriate phenomena with wide relevance to secondary students for applying systems and systems models.

TEAC 807A - Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Identity, Access, & Equity in Mathematics Education

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3

Location and Dates:
Online (Synchronous): July 5-9 and July 12-16, 8am-noon (Class will have asynchronous online work from 8-9 and 11-12 and will meet on Zoom from 9-11)
The purpose of this course is to learn more about yourself and the connections you may or may not have with mathematics, in working towards collective action upon the world. This class will explore your own identity with and without mathematics in relation to others. Access and equity will be discussed in order to understand pathways and barriers to identity formation within paradigms of mathematical learning, teaching and being. This class will serve as a reminder for all of us of the importance of centering and acknowledging identity in mathematics education.

TEAC 808G - Improvement of Instruction: Manipulatives

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3

Location and Dates:
Online (Asynchronous and Synchronous): May 24-28, asynchronous online; June 1-4, live web conferencing from 10am-3pm CDT
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TEAC 848G - Introduction to Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Curriculum Analysis & Design

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3

Location and Dates:
Online (Synchronous): June 7-11 and June 14-18, 8am-noon (Class will have asynchronous online work from 8-9 and 11-12 and will meet on Zoom from 9-11)
This course will have two primary goals. The first will be to understand the research on mathematics curriculum and the implications this has for classroom practice. The second goal will be to develop the skills to analyze written mathematics curriculum materials in order to support the use of and adaptation of curriculum in order to meet the needs of each and every student.