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DeSales Introduces the Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning 

September 25, 2009) – DeSales University introduces the Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CMTL), new as of the 2009-2010 academic year. The CMTL will offer activities that explore the uses of mathematics in our daily lives and address the trends and practical applications of mathematics. The sessions will be held in the DeSales University Center and are open to the public free of charge.

The new center will present a series of forums, seminars and workshops on topics related to the teaching, learning, and use of mathematics in an educational, yet entertaining format.

Among the featured sessions is the CMTL’s opening event, “Monitoring and Impacting the Spread of Epidemics,” 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 28, in the Hurd Room of the DeSales University Center. A session later in the semester will be “Maximize Your Entertainment and Minimize Your Cost at Casinos,” 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, also in the Hurd Room of the DeSales University Center. Both events are part of the “Math Around Us” series. The complete list of scheduled activities are included below.

The CMTL is a partnership which unites teachers, schools, corporations and opinion leaders throughout the Lehigh Valley who share a common goal: to ensure that K-12 students receive the best possible preparation in mathematics.

Mr. James Rubillo, former executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2001 to 2009, will serve as director of the new center. The National Council is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for students. As the organization’s chief executive officer, Rubillo worked with policymakers on Capitol Hill to provide programs to help improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the United States.

According to Rubillo, the activities of the CMTL will engage a broad range of audiences in the discussion of current topics of interest that will help them see value in learning mathematics.

“Through sessions presented at the center, area teachers and school districts can look at trends and issues related to the instruction of mathematics while also making connections with undergraduate students,” said Rubillo.

Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs at DeSales University, was instrumental in founding the Center for Mathematics at DeSales.

“The DeSales Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning was created to ensure that K-12 students receive the best possible preparation in mathematics, as they seek their place in the modern world,” said Walton. “The center will provide a setting in which participants can explore the uses of mathematics in their daily lives.”

Walton praises the CMTL’s new director for his expertise and knowledge on excellence in mathematics teaching and learning.

“As former executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), an organization that exceeds a membership of 100,000, Mr. James Rubillo has made over 750 invited presentations about mathematics education in all 50 states and in all but two Canadian provinces, and has conducted hundreds of K-12 in-service mathematics workshops for school districts across the continent,” said Walton.

Prior to working for the Council, Rubillo worked in public education for 36 years. In addition to his work with the NCTM, he is also a former faculty member of DeSales and taught in both undergraduate and graduate mathematics programs. Prior to DeSales, Rubillo served Bucks County Community College in several roles, including professor of mathematics and chairperson of the department of mathematics and computer science.

Events scheduled as part of the CMTL include:

  • Monday, September 28, “Monitoring and Impacting the Spread of Epidemics,” from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Hurd Room, DeSales University Center. Applicable due to the impending swine flu, the session will present the way the Center for Disease Control monitors the spread of epidemics. This event is part of the “Math Around Us” series.
  • Wednesday, October 7, “Math Games in Grades 6 – 8, Session 1,” from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Hurd Room, DeSales University Center. This is the first of two professional development workshops on the use of online math games in grades 6-8. Attendees will interact via the internet with colleagues worldwide and discuss the benefits of using specific online math games to enhance instruction. Session two will be held Wednesday, December 2.
  • Tuesday, October 27, “Algebra in grade 7/8 or Algebra When Ready?,” from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Hurd Room, DeSales University Center. The session will explore and present discussion related to when students should take algebra. Many schools require every student take an algebra course in grade 8 regardless of the student’s past achievement level, while others are modifying their elementary school curriculum to ensure all students are ready whenever they enter algebra.
  • Wednesday, October 28, “Problem Solving in Grades 3 – 5,” from 4:00 p.m. top 6:00 p.m., DeSales University Center (room TBA). Attendees will interact via the internet with colleagues worldwide to gain knowledge and experience with ways of incorporating problem solving and lessons. First of two sessions. Session two will be held Wednesday December 16.
  • Monday, November 2, “Where’d that Equation Come From? Helping Algebra Students Discover Explicit Formulas from Physical Settings – Grades 6 – 8,” 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Trexler Room, DeSales University Center. Seminar will present collection of daily situations where equations are easily generated will be shared to add to any teacher’s collection of “real applications.”
  • Tuesday, November 17, “Maximize Your Entertainment and Minimize Your Cost – A Trip to the Casino,” from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Hurd Room, DeSales University Center. Session will explore what an average player can expect from a visit to the casino and money management strategies. Session is part of the “Math Around Us” series.
  • Wednesday, December 2, “Math Games in Grades 6 – 8, Session 2,” from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, McShea Student Center. This is the second of two workshops on the use of math games in grades 6-8. Impact of math games on student learning will be address through online interaction with colleagues.
  • Wednesday, December 16, “Problem Solving in Grades 3 – 5, Session 2,” from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Commonwealth Room, DeSales University Center. The second of two workshops on problem solving in grades 3-5. Based on shared experiences with online colleagues, attendees with gain knowledge on the effect problem solving activities have on student learning.

For more information on the DeSales Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning or any of the sessions, please contact Mr. James Rubillo, director of the CMTL, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1839, or e-mail jim.rubillo@desales.edu.


Press Release: DeSales Introduces the Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning | Posted on: 9/23/2009

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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