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Algebra Academy

2011 Summer Academy for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I Support:
Using 21st Century Skills to Strengthen Logical Thinking

8:30am-5pm, August 8-10, 1062 Bainer Hall

Algebra is one of the most difficult topics for students to learn. It is considered the gatekeeper for student’s pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working with K-12 educators, the UC Davis K-14 Outreach Center for Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) has developed a new strategy to support Algebra instruction. This academy trains educators who teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra I to effectively use this new strategy. Through a sequence of well-designed simple, concise, and self-contained math lab sessions, basic concepts of Algebra will be reinforced through practical applications. Concurrently, students will learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, and computer programming for problem solving. The C-STEM Center and the NSF CREST Program will help trainees to implement the program during the academic year.

Intended Audience
This Academy is geared toward grades 6 – 12 Math Teachers teaching Pre-Algebra and up. More specifically:

  • Teachers who are interested in learning new ways to engage students in analytical thinking and problem solving skills where traditional methods have failed.
  • Teachers who want to reach “at risk” students using hands-on activities and project-based methods in the areas of math, science, and technology.
  • Teachers looking to increase their use of computers as a teaching and learning tool.
  • Teachers interested in providing students with 21st century career skills.

Outline of Topics

  • Order of Arithmetic Operations
  • Fundamental Properties of Numbers
  • Distance and Midpoint of Two Points
  • Graphing and Solving Linear Equations and Systems of Linear Equations
  • Understanding Functions
  • Evaluating Polynomials
  • Graphing and Solving Quadratics
  • Plotting Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities
  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Graphs of Rational Functions
  • Radical Function

Outcome for Trainees’ Students

  1. Through a set of interactive computing and applied problem solving activities in a C/C++ interpreter Ch, students will gain a better understanding of algebra concepts and their applications
  2. Students will learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, and computer programming for problem solving
  3. Students will be able to participate in the UC Davis Robot Competition during the UC Davis C-STEM Day

Cost: FREE. Restricted for in-service teachers only. All attendees will receive software licenses, teaching materials, solutions manuals, and UC Davis C-STEM Center implementation support. Laptops are necessary during the training. 24 Professional Development Credit hours certificates upon training completion for teachers in Yolo/Sacramento counties.

Francesca DeFazio, Math Teacher
Westmore Oaks Elementary School
Washington Unified School District
Email: fdefazio(AT)wusd(DOT)k12(DOT)ca(DOT)us

Megan Schoellhamer, Math Teacher
Bridgeway Island Elementary School
Washington Unified School District
Email: mschoellhamer(AT)wusd(DOT)k12(DOT)ca(DOT)us


Francesca DeFazio, Math Teacher, Westmore Oaks Elementary School, Washington Unified School District
Megan Schoellhamer, Math Teacher, Bridgeway Island Elementary School, Washington Unified School District
Michael Moore, Math Teacher, Hiram Johnson High School, Sacramento City Unified School District
Spencer Krautkraemer, Math Teacher, Esparto K-8, Esparto Unified School District
Ryan Mangan, Pre-Service Math and Physics Teacher, UC Davis Education Credential Program

Deadline for registration: July 28, 2011
Registration is available: Register
Space is limited; please sign up early to reserve your spot. More information is available about the Algebra Academy in pdf form here.