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Academy of Best Practices 2019
It is an exciting time to be in math education right now. With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice at the forefront of the push for real change in how we teach math, and research from Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler changing people’s mindsets on how we learn, the future looks grand!

Sadly, many people who begin in the field of education do not stick around. With an exhausting workload, and little support and pay, teachers typically leave the profession within five years. We want to change that. We cannot do much about the pay or workload, but we can help with the support. We are looking for teachers who are new to the profession (one to five years) and are seeking supportive opportunities to foster their own pedagogical learning and leadership development.

By bringing together a small group of motivated new teachers with exceptional mentors from across the country, we begin the networking process needed to foster the development of the next generation of math education leaders. As a participant you will be discussing the issues of today. What does a student-centered, problem-based math classroom look like? How is questioning an effective tool for formative assessment? What sorts of questions elicit the most discussion in teams? How can I make the Standards for Mathematical Practice flow seamlessly through my lessons? How can I maximize my students’ learning in my classroom?

If you would like to ignite your passion for teaching, please apply. The workshop meets daily from 8:30 - 5:00, with nightly homework of reading and mathematics.

This Academy of Best Practices is sponsored by CPM Educational Program who will cover the cost of your travel to and from Seattle, WA, and the room and meals at Seattle Pacific University, our home-base for this adventure. Participants will receive a $500 stipend, and will have the option of earning graduate credit. Space is limited, and the application process will be thorough.

This application has three parts. Please be sure to complete all three parts to be considered for the academy.

Applications and references are due by May 1, 2019 and participants will be notified by May 31, 2019.

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To comply with the regulations for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA) we must track our applicants by gender and race/ethnicity and the position they applied for. We are an organization that values diversity and encourages women and minorities to apply. For this reason, we invite you to indicate your gender and race/ethnicity below. This information is kept secure and separate. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. Responses will remain confidential within the Human Resources Department and will be used only for the necessary information to include in our Affirmative Action Plan and reporting requirements. When reported, data will not identify any specific individuals.
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Ethnicity: (Select) American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American". Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. Maximizing diversity in overall education and participation in this program is important to CPM’s mission. African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.
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Current Math Textbook *
If you are creating your own program, please say so.
Previous Applications *
Have you applied to the Academy of Best Practices before? If so, when?
Previous years I have applied.
Application, Part 1
1. Number of years teaching mathematics. *
I'm in my
2. Total number of years as a professional in education. *
3. What might a typical day in your class look like? What are you doing? What are the students doing? *
Choose which scenario best describes your class. Explain as needed.
Explanation for question 3 if needed.
4. What is it you bring to math education? Why did you choose it as a profession? *
5. What is your biggest challenge in your classroom? *
6. Describe a noteworthy accomplishment in your classroom. *
7. What previous professional development have you have attended? *
Check all that apply.
8. Have you attended any CPM workshops in the last two years? If so, describe the workshops (number of days or hours). *
9. How will you take on a leadership role and share what you have learned with other teachers? *
There are several ways to share what you will learn at the Academy of Best Practices with your colleagues and friends. Please select all that you are willing to do.
Knowledge of Teaching
10. Where are you on the continuum above? Explain *
11. How do you plan to change the world? *
Application, Part 2
Note: please check with your references periodically to ensure they have written AND SENT your reference. In the past, we have had to disqualify applicants for incomplete applications when they did not have references submitted.
Please send this link to two people as references. They must complete the form and submit by May 1, 2019. *
Please include the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for the authors of your references.
Application, Part 3
In a video of two minutes or less, answer the following question. Insert the link to the video in the space provided.
Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten years? What are your long-range goals? Where are you on this journey? *
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