1. Anne Papakonstantinou
  2. https://rusmp.rice.edu
  3. Director RUSMP
  4. The Rice University Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program
  5. https://rusmp.rice.edu/about/noyce
  6. Rice University School Mathematics Project RUSMP, Rice University
  1. Mahtob Aqazade
  2. Postdoctoral Research Associate
  3. The Rice University Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program
  4. https://rusmp.rice.edu/about/noyce
  5. Rice University
  1. Adem Ekmekci
  2. Director of Research for RUSMP
  3. The Rice University Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program
  4. https://rusmp.rice.edu/about/noyce
  5. Rice University, Rice University School Mathematics Project RUSMP
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 9, 2022 | 03:22 p.m.

    Thank you for visiting our video showcase “Development of Teacher Leaders in High-Need Urban Schools.”

    Our video describes the impact of The Rice University Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program (RU-MTF) #1556006 on the 14 Master Teaching Fellows and outlines the results from data collection over the five years of the program.

    Please comment on any aspect of our project. We’d love to hear from you.

     
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    Lexi (Elizabeth) Phillips

    Researcher
    May 10, 2022 | 10:51 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing the data you have collected over the past five years. It was very informative and seeing their progress is very assuring that schools will have good STEM teachers.

    Similarly, TEACHHouston has submitted a video based upon a STEM teacher's journey to her career. Please view here:

    https://videohall.com/p/2511

    Thanks!

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 10, 2022 | 01:15 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your video. I know the impact of your excellent work at UH. You have produced magnificent teachers.

     
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    Deena Gould

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 01:09 p.m.

    Great project!  Thank you for sharing outcomes about your Master Teacher Fellowship Program. Your focus group questions are well crafted and interesting. I especially appreciate how you examine complications that could have been caused by the pandemic and the community leadership roles that teachers may have taken up during the project or during the pandemic. I am interested in seeing some of your other presentations and / or publications.  What grade levels of teachers did you work with? 

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 10, 2022 | 01:26 p.m.

    Thank you for your comments. We worked with middle school and senior high school teachers on this grant. You may find presentations/publications on our website https://rusmp.rice.edu/about/noyce

     
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    Paige Evans

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 04:59 p.m.

    Hello Anne.  Congratulations on your successful project.  I enjoyed learning about all of your activities related to this grant.  Thank you!

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 10, 2022 | 06:05 p.m.

    Thank you Paige. We appreciate your compliments and appreciate your graduates. There is  a lot of cross-fertilization. Our work is enriched because of your work.

     
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    Daniel Damelin

    Facilitator
    Senior Scientist
    May 10, 2022 | 05:34 p.m.

    In the written description of the program above some focus group questions were mentioned. I'm particularly curious about teachers answers to (1) and (5), and (6).
    (1) What does effective mathematics instruction look like?(5) What leadership roles have you assumed in your community since the program? (6) What is the importance of community connectedness?

    Can you share what you learned from asking teachers about these ideas?

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 10, 2022 | 06:08 p.m.

    I will briefly share the findings but would love to discuss at length if you'd like.

    (1) Students engaged, hands-on, discovering; teachers guiding, facilitating; effective communication in a variety of ways

    (5) Changed from individual to collaborative style' learned about organizing workshops/programs

    (6) Parent and stakeholder involvement is vital; community engagement supports education

     
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    Sally Crissman

    Facilitator
    Senior Science Educator
    May 10, 2022 | 10:08 p.m.

    It's great to see these results! This is an "expensive" program focused on a small group of teachers for five years (reflecting what we know about the time needed for significant or lasting change to happen). Is this "what it takes" for meaningful mathematics teacher leader development or are there aspects that can be applied in less time and dollar intensive teacher leadership PD? 

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 11, 2022 | 08:27 a.m.

    What we have leaned in our work since 1987 is that building relationships come first, administrator support is essential, then meaningful and impactful change can follow. Noyce funds provided the opportunity to professionalize the teaching profession. Right now with so many teachers leaving the profession, these dollars which go to our teacher leaders are essential to maintain stable schools.

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 11, 2022 | 11:36 a.m.

    We would love for the partnering school districts to help in some way with funding this important work.

     
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    Adem Ekmekci

    Co-Presenter
    Director of Research for RUSMP
    May 11, 2022 | 11:43 a.m.

    Completely agreed with Anne. If I may add, though, there are several reasons for the "costliness" of the program some of which come from Noyce requirements (5-year commitment, at least $10K stipend a year, at least 60% going to the participants only etc.).

    On the other hand, when you think about it, $10K a year is not actually that high for an experienced teacher who does a lot for the program. Five-year commitment is also a huge factor justifying the buy-in through these stipends (given the chronic issues  related to teacher retention). In addition, when you see the impact they make at their schools and districts or even teachers from other districts, all I can say is that it is definitely worth it :)

    (BTW, it is more costly than it looks because of the cost-sharing requirements;)

    You can see the timeline in the poster whose link is given below that summarizes the MTF tasks. One can customize this and come of with a mini-version of leadership program. But one thing we found that the longer period of time it is spread , the better and more effective it is (especially, the whole-group meetings and workshops).   

    Ekmekci, A., Aqazade, M., McMorris, P., Jaster, S. (2022, February). The Rice University Master Teaching Fellowship Program Results: Development of Teacher Leaders in High-Need Urban SchoolsMidwest Annual Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, Louisville & Cave City, KY.

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 11, 2022 | 02:34 p.m.

    Excellent analysis of costs!

     
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  • May 12, 2022 | 12:23 p.m.

    I appreciate that Teacher Leadership development for inservice teachers began with a content and pedagogy course. Could you share more about that course? Was it developed specifically for the grant effort or was it an existing Rice course? Were the courses designed to be live and switched to virtual due to the pandemic? Lastly, what teacher feedback did you get about the demands of their participation in relation to their stipends?

     
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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 12, 2022 | 01:05 p.m.

    These were not existing Rice courses as we tailored the content to the participants. One of the resources we used was Applications of Algebra and Geometry to the Work of Teaching which was the basis of the mathematics. We modeled proper pedagogy that was learner-centric and actively engaged all learners. We modeled how to differentiate instruction and infused a variety of technologies when appropriate. We also had readings on coaching and mentoring and had an AVID piece each summer on culturally responsive teaching. Conversations about supporting teachers and students took place and we brought in guest speakers to address questions on racism, inequities in education, and other topics the MTFs raised in their journals. The courses were in person because they took place pre-pandemic. The personalized work the MTFs did the next three summers were virtual. MTFs suggested that the coursework extend to a third year if we ever submitted another Noyce proposal. They appreciated the learning opportunities and networking opportunities during the first two summers and wanted more. Our MTFs did not consider the work that was required for the stipends too much. They were playing important roles in providing professional develop during the pandemic and providing the needed leadership in their departments, in their schools, and in their school communities. These were difficult times and they soared.

     
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    Chanda Jefferson

    Facilitator
    Educator/Education Policy Fellow
    May 13, 2022 | 05:21 a.m.



    Hi my name is Chanda Jefferson and I am so happy to join the conversation. This is a wonderful program and as we think about reimagining education, we definitely need to devise a plan to expand programs like this one to develop teacher leader and improve instruction across the board. Can you share examples of resources you used during the summer intensive session and throughout the program to help enhance teachers skills to address equity and diversity in math?

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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 13, 2022 | 09:48 a.m.

    Because of our longstanding relationship with HISD (since RUSMP's inception in 1987) and its math community, we designed a program based on their needs. These MTFs have been members of our network, some for decades, so we carefully crafted a program using materials, curriculum, and activities, we have developed over the years. AVID customized their piece to ensure it fit what we were already don't with culturally responsive teaching. Our team included people who are champions and advocates for equity and diversity (e.g., Richard Tapia) and we brought in the Center for Healing of Racism. Our resources were our team although we did have readings from the experts too.

     
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    Chanda Jefferson

    Facilitator
    Educator/Education Policy Fellow
    May 14, 2022 | 12:51 a.m.

    Hi Anna, thank you so much for your response! I will check out the Center for Healing of Racism, and it is amazing to have equity champions on the team.

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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 14, 2022 | 08:47 a.m.

    We are blessed to have remarkable and dedicated people to bring in. One of our MTFs is on the Board of the Center for the Healing of Racism, so when another MTF raised important questions, we were able to have Cherry Steinwender and her team address the questions in real time. Math leadership encompasses so much more than math...equity and biases must be central. Until all students have access to the best that mathematics provides, we cannot stop.

  • May 13, 2022 | 05:19 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your project!  I am curious about the measures you used to document impact on teachers? Do any of the publications you mention in the video describe them and the results? If so could you share a reference or link to them?

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    anne papakonstantinou

    Lead Presenter
    Director RUSMP
    May 13, 2022 | 05:40 p.m.

    This presentation includes the references to the measures and instruments we used: Ekmekci, A., Aqazade, M., McMorris, P., Jaster, S. (2022, February). The Rice University Master Teaching Fellowship Program Results: Development of Teacher Leaders in High-Need Urban SchoolsMidwest Annual Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, Louisville & Cave City, KY.

  • May 13, 2022 | 05:55 p.m.

    Thanks, Anne!

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