PUC Center for Mathematics Teaching & Learning

The mission of the Math, Teaching, and Learning Center is to coordinate the professional development of teachers, to create instructional materials and curriculum, and the concentration of research toward improving the quality of mathematics teaching and learning in the Calumet Region and beyond at all levels, PreK-16. For more information contact Diana Underwood-Gregg, Director, at 219-989-2274.

Mission
Center Initiatives
Organization
Evaluation



Mission:

To coordinate the professional development of teachers, the creation of
instructional materials and curriculum, and the concentration of research toward improving
the quality of mathematics teaching and learning in the Calumet Region and beyond at all
levels, PreK-16.



Center Initiatives:

1. Mathematics RecoveryTM Initiative: Developed at Southern Cross University in
Australia, Math Recovery is a research based intervention program designed to
help at-risk first grade students succeed in mathematics. Its methodology and
curriculum are based on solid mathematics education research. Beginning Fall
2006, Purdue Calumet became one of three centers for Mathematics Recovery in
the United States.

Supporting Faculty: Cindy Wilson, a Clinical Assistant Professor with a joint
appointment in MCSS and the School of Education, is a Math Recovery Leader.
Cindy will train the faculty of local school districts to become Math Recovery
Specialists so they can conduct interventions in their schools. She is also
spearheading a new Purdue Calumet initiative to train undergraduate elementary
education majors so they can participate in Math Recovery assessment in local
schools.

2. Enhancing Mathematics Instruction with Technology Initiative:: Professor Peter
Turbek developed CaluMath, an innovative software program that facilitates the
construction of interactive web pages involving mathematics. In Fall 2006,
CaluMath web pages are being piloted in six sections of MA 153, Algebra and
Trigonometry I. Regional presentations will be made to foster collaboration with
local school districts and two and four year colleges on the creation and adoption
of CaluMath materials. A National Science Foundation CCLI grant was submitted
in May 2006 to support this initiative. Although it was not funded, the reference
letters were very supportive and gave useful advice for resubmission of the grant.
Professor Marcia Weinhold’s research is on the use of technology in the classroom
and she regularly offers workshops to local school districts concerning effective
use of technology in the classroom. She will spearhead an effort that coordinates
Purdue faculty and K-16 faculty in the creation of guidelines for the appropriate
use of calculators and mathematics software in their school settings. To facilitate
this endeavor, Purdue Calumet will coordinate the creation of user groups to
support teachers using technology in their mathematics teaching.
Additional Supporting Faculty: Professor Jeff Gregg is piloting MA 153
curricular materials in conjunction with Peter Turbek and Marcia Weinhold.
Professors Gregg and Weinhold are conducting research to aid in the
improvement of the curricular materials developed.

3. Mathematics Teacher Professional Development Initiative: This initiative seeks
to deepen the mathematics content knowledge of K-14 teachers and to introduce
them to instructional strategies that support inquiry-based learning. This is
accomplished through Inquiry Institutes for Primary, Intermediate, Middle School,
and High School teachers, half-day and full day teacher development workshops,
and Purdue Calumet’s Annual Conference for the Improvement of Mathematics
Teaching. An Indiana Department of Education grant will be submitted in January,
2007. The focus of the three-year grant initiative is on developing middle school
teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of algebraic
reasoning for middle school students. Three area schools will partner with the
PCCMTL on this initiative.

Supporting Faculty: All Mathematics Education faculty are involved in this
initiative. Professors Underwood, Weinhold, and Millsaps will be involved with the
middle school grant initiative.

4. Developmental Mathematics as Inquiry Initiative: Professor Diana Underwood is
a leader in the development of a research based mathematics curriculum for
under-prepared college students. This initiative supports the development and
dissemination of a research-based mathematics curriculum and instructor support
materials for college developmental-level mathematics through developmental
workshops and presentations at conferences.

Supporting Faculty:: Rose Dubec, Coordinator of Basic Mathematics, oversees
the developmental mathematics sequence at Purdue Calumet and is
disseminating Purdue curricular materials to regional two year colleges.

5. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint
Initiative: This initiative coordinates the development and dissemination of
research-based mathematics curriculum materials for prospective elementary and
middle school teachers.

Supporting Faculty: All Mathematics Education faculty are involved in this
initiative.

6. Future Math Teachers Initiative: This initiative seeks to recruit underrepresented
minority undergraduate students and prepare them to become highly competent
secondary mathematics teachers. We are interested in collaborating with the
Urban Center for Advancement of Science/Mathematics Education at Indiana
University-Purdue University Indianapolis on this initiative.

7. Institutional Improvements in Mathematics Teaching Initiative: Mathematics
reform has been talked about for decades, however, in many classrooms, the
actual modes of instruction have not changed during this time period. This is
because social and political factors influence the choices both school districts and
individual teachers make with regards to classroom activities. Professor Jeff Gregg
is investigating the social and political factors relating to the interpretation,
implementation, and assessment of mathematics education reform. Through this
research Purdue faculty will be able to counsel local school systems as they
identify and implement the key components that are necessary for large-scale
reform initiatives in mathematics teaching and learning.
All of the initiatives above are built on strong foundations in mathematics and mathematics
education research and are related to the research and professional development
interests of the math education unit at PUC. As the unit evolves, additional initiatives may
be added while others might be subsumed. We are also interested in exploring
relationships with other faculty in the School of Education



Organization:

The Purdue Calumet Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning will be housed in the
Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics. It’s initial director will be
Professor Diana Underwood. The term of the director is three years. The charge of the
director is to:
1. Oversee the day to day operations of the center.
2. Oversee, in consultation with the department head, the budget of the center.
3. Assist in identifying new center initiatives and projects, and new grant opportunities.
The department head of MCSS and the faculty that directly support the center’s activities
shall constitute the Purdue Calumet Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Committee. This committee is responsible for electing the director at the end of the
director’s term.
It is expected that the following faculty will support center activities:

Diana Underwood Gregg, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education,
Director PCCMTL
.Her research interest involves developing instructional
sequences and teacher support materials for middle school. She is also interested
in preservice and in-service teacher professional development at all levels.

Marcia Weinhold, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Joint
appointment in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and
Statistics and the Department of Teacher Preparation
. Her research involves
technology usage in teaching mathematics. She is also interested in learning
communities of teachers, and how communities of practice are developed and
supported.

Jeff Gregg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Department of
Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
Jeff Gregg’s research interest
include examining the social and political factors (including local, state, and national
guidelines and policies) related to the interpretation, implementation, and
assessment of mathematics education reforms.

Peter Turbek, Professor of Mathematics, Acting Department Head,
Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
Peter Turbek’s
mathematical research is in algebra and its application to Riemann and Klein
surfaces. His interest in the use of technology and mathematics led him to develop
CaluMath, a mathematics software package for creating interactive web pages
involving mathematics.

Galye Milsaps, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Department of
Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
Gayle Milsaps’ research and
professional develop interests involve investigating teacher’s content knowledge for
teaching and it’s contribution to student learning .

Cindy McAfee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Joint
appointment in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and
Statistics and the Department of Teacher Preparation.
As a certified Math
Recovery Teacher Leader, Cindy Wilson will provide ongoing support and
professional development for new Math Recovery teachers-in-training. She will also
train and supervise Team-M.R, the undergraduate experiential learning Math
recovery program.

Rose Dubec, Coordinator of Basic Mathematics, Department of Mathematics,
Computer Science and Statistics
, Rose Dubec’s interests include the continuing
development of inquiry-based materials for students enrolled in developmental level
mathematics and the professional development of instructors who teach these
courses. She is also interested in developing programs that increase student
retention and success rates, and increased student readiness to advance to collegelevel
courses.

Nancy Johnson- Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Nancy Johnson’s professional development interests include working with preservice
and in-service teachers of mathematics at all levels and calculus reform



Evaluation:

The PCCMTL will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. Are the PCCMTL activities appropriately meeting the needs of institutions with
regards to mathematics education?
2. Is the PCCMTL promoting mathematics education scholarship?
3. Is the PCCMTL financially self supporting?

An advisory panel composed of the head of MCSS, the Dean of EMS, a faculty member
from the School of Education, a public school teacher (or math curriculum director) and a
faculty member in mathematics education from another university in the greater Calumet
region will meet annually with the PCCMTL director to provide feedback regarding the
activities of the center.