The focus of this final session is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Geometry and Measurement progressions of the AERO/Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to the foundations of informal measurement and geometry in one, two and three dimensions. The van Hiele model for geometric learning will be used as the framework for how children build their understanding of length, area, volume angles, and geometric relationships.
This MSIS program (MSIS - Mathematics Specialists in International Schools) is a cohort program made up of 15 credit hours of coursework focusing on mathematics content specific to K-8 AERO/Common Core.
The design of the program is a coherent sequence of 5 Institutes designed to expand teachers’ understanding of the AERO/Common Core Standards, how students learn that content, evidence of student understanding, and how to work with peers in a mentoring relationship.
The Mathematics Specialist In International Schools Program leads to a Mathematics Specialist Certificate.
Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate.
She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including, the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science, a science curriculum reform project of NSTA.
She was a consultant and advisor to the Council for Basic Education’s Schools Around the World project, developing and implementing the Evidence to Excellence protocol and a series of professional development activities that use student work from nine participating countries to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. She worked with the Council in the writing of state and district curriculum frameworks and benchmarking state standards to NAEP and Japanese Standards, and designing a tool for reviewing state science frameworks. She has considerable experience developing and facilitating workshops with formal and informal science education entities such as Educational Field Studies; National Institute of Medicine; United States Forestry Service; National Park Service, Kidsnet, school districts, and states.
Currently she is a science/ mathematics consultant with the Office of Overseas Schools AERO Project and the US High School Redesign Project. She was granted the 2011 Enis Fingleman Award by the Near East South Asia Schools (NESA).