Jonas Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at Loras and Amanda Matson, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at Clarke University, have collaborated with Dubuque middle school math teachers Emily Schmidt at Mazzuchelli and Bev Florence at Roosevelt to plan a Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC) in Dubuque. This will be a professional development community joining math professors and middle school teachers to work on rich mathematics problems, and is part of a growing national network of such communities.
Rob Keller, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Loras, Dan Willis, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Loras and Roosevelt Middle School teacher Cindy Paintner have offered substantial planning support, and accompanied Meyer and Schmidt to an MTC planning workshop at the American Institute of Mathematics in Palo Alto, California, to experience a Circle session. They took the opportunity to collaborate with staff and other planning teams from all over the country to get the Dubuque Circle running.
The core planning team recently received a grant to get the Dubuque Circle funded, and details are being finalized for a conference in July and ongoing meetings in the 2015-16 academic year.