Xavier University, Mayerson Academy and Vermont Math Initiative Prepare Today"s Teachers for Tomorrow"s Math Requirements

October 2, 2012

A graduate programs open house at Xavier University on Oct. 16 will introduce a program to equip current teachers with skills and knowledge to lead in the transition to changes occurring in education.

The Cincinnati Vermont Mathematics Initiative has existed since 2008. The University of Vermont ran the courses at Cincinnati’s Mayerson Academy. Two years ago, the Academy approached Xavier to assume the university partnership with the Mayerson Academy to continue the program. Debora Kuchey, associate professor in Xavier’s Department of Childhood Education and Literacy, created a proposal for the Ohio Elementary Math Specialist Endorsement utilizing seven of the CVMI courses. The proposal was to enhance teachers’ conceptual content knowledge and pedagogical shifts to implement the Common Core State Mathematics Standards. Last spring, Xavier received state approval for the program, so participants can obtain the Ohio Elementary Math Specialist Endorsement.

“The program offers an excellent opportunity to become a leader in the transition to The Common Core State Standards, The Ohio College and Career Readiness Standards, and the changes occurring in assessment with the implementation of PARCC, while acquiring an Elementary Math Specialist Endorsement and completing a master's degree in Elementary Education ,” says Kuchey.

The program consists of eight graduate level courses, seven of which are offered at the Mayerson Academy in Clifton. Successful completion of these courses, along with passing the Middle Childhood Mathematics Content Praxis II assessment, would allow a teacher with three years of math teaching experience to add the Ohio Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement to the existing license. The endorsement can be added to only the Early Childhood License, the Elementary Teaching License, the Middle Childhood License that includes Mathematics as one of the two areas of concentration, or the Secondary Mathematics License.

Students successfully completing three other foundation courses can earn a master’s in Elementary Education at Xavier.

Those interested in the endorsement and/or the Master’s program should attend the open house at Xavier on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from at 6 pm until 8 pm at the Schiff Conference Center in the Cintas Center and complete a graduate application with a copy of their teaching license and official college transcripts. Financial aid and schedule information will be available at the open house. Register at https://admit.xavier.edu/register/InfoSession

Each course is developed around the Vermont Math Initiative which began in 1999 as an educational equity-based partnership between the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Department of Education. Formal program evaluation, begun in 2004, indicated it had a profound impact on the teachers, their classroom practice and - most importantly - the students. A six-year longitudinal study of students of VMI-trained teachers revealed significant growth in student achievement along with narrowing of the socioeconomic achievement gap.

Xavier has partnered with the Mayerson Academy, a Human Resource Development Company, whose mission is to, "Advance and support the skills and performance of education professionals to improve student achievement."