USF COE Math Club Recognized By Nat’l Council of Mathematics!

Congratulations to our Math Club and advisor, Dr. Patricia Hunsader, in achieving affiliate status for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). There are only 21 student affiliate groups in the U.S. and USFSM COE is now the only student affiliate of NCTM in the state of Florida! They will receive their charter at the Delegate Assembly on April 26 in Philadelphia. From the NCTM website:
NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. The purpose of the affiliation partnership is to enhance both NCTM’s and its Affiliates’ ability to build effective relationships within their respective communities. Strong, open relationships with teachers, school leaders, parents, legislators, businesses, media, and others are all vital to the process of improving mathematics education. By working together through affiliation, we strengthen all our efforts.
Dr. Hunsader and her students’ commitment and accomplishments reflect the work USFSM COE is doing to strengthen STEM field education for our region.

Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms Presentation

With increasing linguisitic and cultural diversity of students in our schools, all teachers regardless of the content area or grade they teach, need research-based strategies to support students in developing academic English language skills.  Dr. Louise Wilkinson will be presenting on Friday, February 24 from 5:30-6:45 pm at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus (Room A-217) a model on how this learning takes place and the role of teachers in that model.  A perfect professional development opportunity to hear an internationally recognized leader in education address this subject!  Open to the public.

USFSM’s Sensational Mathematical Art Fair (USF (SM) 2 Art Fair)-coming soon!

Designed to engage students in hands-on mathematical art projects, this event t be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, will be an open-house format with 26 stations centered on themes such as optical art, symmetry, tangrams, patterns, fractals, and origami.  The USF Sarasota-Manatee Sharing Math club and faculty club advisor, Dr. Tricia Hunsader, is sponsoring the event.  This event is free and open to any fifth-grade students in Manatee and Sarasota schools as well as home school groups, charter and other alternative schools.  To read a recent press release,vist this link:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/5th-grade-students-invited-to-sm2art-fair-at-usf-sarasota-manatee/    For more information or to register, click here:  Register Online