Teachers engage in mathematical tasks from the Measure Up project to deepen their own content understanding (left), while instructor Clair Okazaki models effective teaching strategies (right).

The Professional Development for Understanding project, headed by Linda Venenciano of CRDG’s Mathematics Section, is funded with $75,000 from the Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education Grants program of the No Child Left Behind act. The project brings together a team consisting of CRDG, Connections Public Charter School, the Hawai‘i Department of Education, and Hawai‘i Community College to work with teachers in the Hilo / Laupahoehoe / Waiakea complex. Calling on CRDG’s long experience in teacher professional development, this project uses an established teacher institute design focused on the mathematical content knowledge teachers need for teaching to deepen teachers’ understanding of familiar mathematical concepts, broaden teachers’ pedagogical skills, and provide support for the practical application of new knowledge to participants’ existing mathematics curricula.

Participating Schools

Hilo Intermediate
Hilo Union Elementary
Kaūmana Elementary
Kea‘au Elementary
Kamehameha Schools
(Hawai‘i campus)
Laupāhoehoe Elementary
Waiākeawaena Elementary

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