CHAMPS program at The W recruiting math teachers

> COLUMBUS, Miss. – Are you a fourth through eighth grade teacher of mathematics? Are you interested in professional growth and development? If so, the Creating High Achievement in Mathematics and Problem Solving (CHAMPS) program is looking for you.
> Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Outreach & Innovation will continue a highly successful program that seeks to improve student achievement in mathematics and critical thinking.
> In addition to recruiting teachers within its 18 partnering districts, CHAMPS may also consider educators statewide who would benefit from its intensive professional development training in mathematics, according to Kenneth Langley, CHAMPS project manager.
> “Our goal is to create confident, effective teachers who, through high-quality professional development, learn easy-to-implement strategies that correlate with rigorous standards,” he said.
> To do this, CHAMPS offers an intensive two-week seminar for teachers, follow-up weekend mini-conferences working with students in a classroom, online professional learning communities to assist with implementation of state standards, a cutting-edge winter conference, data coaching and a mathematics resource center, among other strategies.
> Specific objectives include:
> increase mathematics content knowledge,
> increase knowledge and appropriate alignment of teaching activities of the state standards
> increase the use of manipulatives and inquiry-based instructional strategies
> increase the meaningful use of data-driven instructional decisions through data coaching
> increase the participants’ involvement in high quality professional development activities
> increase the leadership activities of participants within their schools
> increase middle school mathematics achievement
> Teachers will earn continuing education units free of charge in addition to teaching resources and a daily training stipend. CHAMPS also provides a number of other benefits to participants, including an array of teaching materials.
> The following targeted school districts have made a commitment to partner with the CHAMPS project: Aberdeen, Amory, Attala, Chickasaw, Columbus, Houston, Kemper, Lee, Louisville, Monroe, Noxubee, Okolona, Oktibbeha, Philadelphia, Starkville, Tupelo, Webster and West Point. Participating private schools include Heritage Academy, Annunciation Catholic School and Columbus Christian School.
> The online application can be found at www.muw.edu/champs. The application deadline is Friday, May 1. For more information, contact Patti Davis at (662) 241-6101 or email champs@muw.edu .