Welcome to (SM)2I
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Summer Mathematics Institute is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (No Child Left Behind) and administered through the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Since over twelve years it is designed for in-service mathematics teachers in Mississippi. This year the Institute will concentrate on providing participants with professional training in the framework of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which have been adopted by Mississippi Department of Education for full implementation in 2014-2015. Mathematics teachers in Mississippi are supposed to conform to these standards in the planning of rigorous lessons aiming at deeper learning and thinking. The experienced instructors on the team of the 2014 USM Summer Mathematics Institute, apart from increasing content knowledge of participating teachers, will provide them with specific training necessary to understand and implement the CCSS. The impact of the Institute on teaching mathematics will improve the achievements of Mississippi students in mathematics from the middle grades transitioning successfully into high school.
Twenty-two teachers from Mississippi school districts, most of them situated south of I-20, will be selected to participate in the funded 2014 edition of the Institute. Summer session of the Institute will be held from June 2-27; two follow-up sessions will be held, one on a Saturday in the fall of 2014 and one in the spring 2015.
Participants will receive a $90 stipend per day, and a USB memory stick, and specialized educational software. Teachers who fully participate in the Institute will have the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) and graduate credits, and be eligible for "Highly Qualified" designation.
So Welcome to (SM)2I.