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Teacher Professional Development Information

San Marcos Camp 2017

The Mathworks Summer Teacher Professional Development program prepares  teachers to engage students of all socioeconomic backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. This program provides teacher professional development, equipping middle school teachers with the mathematical background and leadership training needed to give all students the opportunity to build a strong foundation to succeed in mathematics.

This teacher professional development program is designed to:
  • Give teachers strategies to successfully teach pre-algebra and algebraic concepts at the middle school level
  • Equip teachers with research-based teaching practices
  • Inform teachers of pedagogy aligned to students success on the STAAR
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to work with Mathematics Education graduate students and faculty on research
  • Give teachers experiences with hands-on activities and guided discovery learning aligned to middle school mathematics
  • Engage teachers in continual learning and doing of mathematics
  • Involve teachers in analyzing classroom practices
  • Equip teachers to become invaluable resources to colleagues in their own schools and districts
  • Enable teachers to host their own Junior Summer Math Camps for 4th-8th grade students
  • Enable teachers to use the Mathworks school-year curriculum, Math Explorations

Program Dates

The dates for 2019 are June 10 - 21. This immersive two-week professional development program is conducted each summer in San Marcos in early June, coinciding with the Junior Summer Math Camp (JSMC) program.  In the morning, participants will be a part of the half-day Junior Summer Math Camp program. In the afternoon, teachers participate in a class covering research-based mathematics pedagogy and engaging math activities. A total of 45 hours of Professional Continuing Education hours is awarded, approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). 

Program Cost

The full cost of the program is $1,300. This covers all tuition, supplies, and fees. If needed, room and board for the two-week program is an additional $700. 
There is possible funding support that is contingent on grants and donations that Mathworks receives year-to-year. We strongly recommend teachers ask their districts for professional development funding support.

Room & Board

If you require room and boarding, we will arrange for that on the Texas State University campus. You are responsible for transportation from the University campus to the JSMC site every day of the program, which will be the high school in San Marcos (~15 minute drive from the University campus). If you do not require room and board, you simply need to arrive at the JSMC site every day of the program.


Sample Daily Schedule

7:30am - 8am Arrive at JSMC site each morning
8am - Noon Participate in the JSMC as a Teaching Assistant
12:30pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Professional Development Class