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Designing Professional Development Activities for Mathematics Specialists


"The work of Mathematics Specialists may include conducting professional development activities, working with teachers in their classrooms, interpreting local curriculum goals in the light of national standards and published curriculum, and communicating with parents and the general public about the purposes and accomplishments of the school's mathematics program. ...

Much has been written about the professional development needs of both pre-service and in-service teachers [1-5]. In our work, we examine the connections between designing professional development for teachers and for Mathematics Specialists. What is it that Mathematics Specialists should learn in their professional development experiences and how might that learning take place?"