ERIC Number: ED442805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education, 1998-1999 Annual Report.
Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
The Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education (ACME) is a systemwide initiative to improve mathematics education in all elementary and middle school classrooms in the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas. The initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides long-term, high quality professional development to build the instructional capacity of more than 2,000 AISD mathematics teachers. This evaluation describes ACME professional development in its second year of implementation. It focuses on the roles and teamwork of ACME professional development facilitators, teachers' experiences in ACME professional development, effects on teachers' knowledge and skills, and implementation of the ACME. Data were gathered through: (1) questionnaires completed by 237 teachers and 83 principals ; (2) interviews with 10 teachers, as well as administrators and ACME staff; (3) observations of professional development and 50 classroom mathematics lessons; and (4) examination of district documents. A key ACME strength was the way ACME core members work together and their vision of high quality standards-based professional development. ACME professional development provides many opportunities for teachers who engage in its activities actively. Some challenges were identified, mainly in finding ways to improve teachers' participation within the professional development sessions. Appendixes contain the teacher questionnaire, the teacher interview form, the principal questionnaire, the classroom observation guide and protocol, the post-observation interview guide, and other surveys and interview guides. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Education, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Professional Development, Questionnaires
Austin Independent School District, Department of Accountability, Office of Program Evaluation, 1111 W. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78703.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.