The Applied Learning Institute (ALI) sponsored another math collaboration project with local high school teachers and Itasca Community College Aug. 11-14. This is the third summer collaboration project in a series of three since 2011. The project’s focus is to develop curriculum strategies to improve math scores for high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. And this has worked. Recent data from the Minnesota Department of Education shows CTE student math test scores in the area are improving. By working with hands-on math concepts used in CTE classrooms (also known as industrial education classes or shop classes) teachers have found curriculum strategies that bridge into the math classroom. This translates into improved performance on high school math standard testing.
The group this year focused on math vocabulary and measurement. They created eight hands-on projects to be shared with all Itasca Area School Collaborative districts. Plans are being made for more collaborative work in the summer of 2015.
Participants include: Annette Adler, Academic Support Teacher from Greenway High School, Mikal Brown, math teacher from Hibbing High School, Dee Kee, math and computer science instructor from Itasca Community College, James Madzey, math and science teacher from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, Vangie Mattfield, math teacher from Floodwood High School, Mark Motherway, CTE teacher from Deer River High School, Tobi Taylor, math teacher from Floodwood Middle School, and Karen Teff, math teacher from Deer River High School and Itasca Community College.
Janeen Kleffman from Itasca Community College was the project coordinator.
The project was made possible by a grant for the Applied Learning Institute.