To Our Colleagues at Villanova University--
The Philadelphia Math and Science Coalition is hosting a series of meetings to define the characteristics of an effective math or science teacher. We are inviting university faculty from math and science fields and from education to help us work on this. I hope that you will attend next meeting on December 1, 8:30-10 AM PM in Lobby Conference room at the United Way Building. Breakfast will be provided. This meeting is part of a larger effort to examine how we prepare math and science teachers in the region.
The topic for this meeting will be math and science content knowledge so it is important to have good representation for the math and science faculties as well as education. We hope to have discussions among individual discipline faculty (math and each of the sciences). We will focus on the big concepts and ideas in math and science that teachers should master in order to be effective. There may be interdisciplinary concepts that should be considered here as well. Education faculty will be important in these discussions as well.
Please RSVP to me by November 25. And if you cannot attend but know colleagues who would be interested, please forward this email to them. This is the second meeting of four at which we will be addressing what we mean in the Philadelphia region by high quality math and science teachers and how we prepare them. The remaining meeting dates are January 25, 2010 and March 22, 2010.
We are also on the lookout for appropriate research on effective pre-service education for math and science teachers. Please pass along to me.
Don McKinney, Program CoordinatorPhiladelphia Math & Science Coalition, Philadelphia Education Fund, 610-745-8860