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Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative at Bridgewater State University

MACS

Providing meaningful professional development for mathematics educators in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for teachers to see the “big picture” of improved mathematics teaching and learning through experiences that broaden and deepen their own understanding of mathematics concepts and effective pedagogy.

Each year MACS develops a series of workshops based upon a carefully selected and relevant theme. We offer four concurrent sessions at four grade spans (PreK–2, 3–5, 6–8, or 8–12) at our seminars which are offered throughout the school year. For more information, please see the tabs below.

Our Professional Development Philosophy

The Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative at Bridgewater State University has a proud 27 year history of providing meaningful professional development for area mathematics educators. Each year MACS develops a series of workshops based upon a carefully selected and relevant theme. MACS does not view professional development as “one shot deal” or “make and take” workshop opportunities. Rather, it is the intent that teachers will broaden and deepen their understanding of mathematics content and effective pedagogy.

Current research supports the idea that teachers more effectively teach mathematics at their respective grade level if they have an understanding of mathematics in a deeper more conceptual way. Teachers should further understand effective pedagogy that builds on students’ prior experience and how this experience impacts future learning. Effective mathematics teachers deeply understand the mathematics beyond the grade level at which they are teaching. In response to the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS - 1995) report, the National Research Council has stated, “International comparisons indicate that the most powerful instrument for change in student performance is improved teaching. A highly effective level of teaching requires a deep knowledge of the mathematics being taught, as well as an understanding of what is most important to learn and what is most difficult to understand. It engages students not only in the computational aspects of mathematics, but also in its more meaningful conceptual aspects. And, it involves problem solving as students learn and apply the lesson content.”

The MACS philosophy of professional development is grounded in this research. It is the Collaborative’s goal to provide opportunities for teachers to see the “big picture” of improved mathematics teaching and learning through experiences that broaden and deepen their own understanding of mathematics concepts and effective pedagogy.

We at MACS hope that you enjoy this year’s seminars and truly do come away with a deeper, broader understanding of the mathematics you are teaching.

2013-2014 MACS Seminar Series 
"Rejuvenating Mathematics Instruction to Meet the New Standards"

The Mathematics and Computer Science (MACS) Collaborative provides professional development for mathematics educators in Southeastern Massachusetts. MACS is pleased to announce our seminar offerings for the 2013-2014 school year. Space is limited, so be sure to register and send payment by October 31. Sessions at four grade spans (PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 8-12) are being offered for each seminar. Calculators may be used during the sessions; please bring your own grade appropriate calculator.

Participants will be engaged in activities that will enhance their own understanding of each session topic. The instruction will model pedagogy that can be used to develop students' proficiency with the mathematics.

Seminar Dates:

Seminar 1

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Seminar 2

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Seminar 3

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Seminar 4

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make-up Date
(if needed)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
 

Seminar Schedule:

All sessions located at Bridgewater State University.

3:30 PM

Registration

4:00 PM

Welcome and Announcements

4:10 PM– 7:00 PM

Sessions

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dinner and Closing
(Must attend in order to receive PDPs)

Seminar Cost*:

All four sessions

$175

Per Session

$50

Per Session for
Full-time Undergraduate Student

$25
(With valid ID)

* NOTE: The registration and payment is due by October 31, 2013.  To receive a block of 10 or more PDPs from Bridgewater State University participants must attend at least three out of the four seminars.

Seminar Location:
All sessions located at Bridgewater State University.

Registeration is now closed.

For Questions on Registration and Payment:
Please contact Dan Adams, Treasurer

Registeration is now closed.

Seminar Dates:

Seminar 1

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Seminar 2

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Seminar 3

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Seminar 4

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make-up Date
(if needed)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
 

Seminar Cost*:

All four sessions

$175

Per Session

$50

Per Session for
Full-time Undergraduate Student

$25
(With valid ID)

* NOTE: The registration and payment is due by October 31, 2013.  To receive a block of 10 or more PDPs from Bridgewater State University participants must attend at least three out of the four seminars.

For Questions on Registration and Payment:
Please contact Dan Adams, Treasurer
Executive Board Members

Dan Adams,Treasurer

Retired Brockton PS

Dona Apple

Mathematics Education Consultant

Joe Basile

Silver Lake Regional Middle School

Doug Holley

Mathematics Education Consultant

Claire Kelley

Dennett Elementary School

Rebecca Metcalf

Bridgewater State University

Gloria Moran

Bridgewater State University

Glenn Pavlicek, Director

Bridgewater State University

Guy Roy

Mathematics Education Consultant

Kevin Sawyer, President

Silver Lake Regional School District

Paula Sennett, Recording Secretary

Mathematics Education Consultant

Tara Szymaniak

Scituate High School

Jenny Tsankova

Roger Williams University

          

Important Links

Regional Contacts:

MACS Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative at Bridgewater State College

CONNECT – A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

KAPUT CENTER – James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education at UMass Dartmouth

SMMCA – Southeastern Massachusetts Mathematics Chairpersons Association

State Contacts:

ATMIM – Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts

MassMATE – Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators

New England Contacts:

ATMNE – Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England

NEMATYC – New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

National Contacts:

AMATYC – American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

AMS – American Mathematical Society

MAA – Mathematical Association of America

NCTM – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

NCSM – National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics