Rice Regional Math Collaborative


Dr. Carolyn Nichol


The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement's (R-STEM) Regional Math Collaborative expands the impact of middle school math teachers by improving STEM instruction within classrooms and schools throughout the Houston metropolitan area. R-STEM provides teachers with comprehensive, year-long professional development (over 100 hours) based on research supported practices. What distinguishes the Rice Regional Math Collaborative from other professional development training programs is its broad impact in terms of teachers and school districts served and our deep focus on STEM content, constructivist pedagogy, and developing teacher-leaders. The Rice Math Collaborative model will provide teachers with a two-week summer institute, evening workshops during the academic year (4), including a lecture series presented by Rice faculty and Houston area scientists, and a STEM-Saturday experience, which will allow participants to work collaboratively and collegially with middle school science teachers. The major objectives are to improve: 1. Teachers’ content knowledge in math with integrated science and as related to the TEKS through STEM learning experiences. 2. Teachers’ instructional skills and practices by encouraging the use of research-based teaching strategies and pedagogical methods of intervention that have been tested and proven to be effective in increasing student learning. 3. Students’ academic achievement in mathematics by providing teachers and students with materials and learning experiences tightly aligned with the TEKS. 4. Teachers’ leadership skills in mentoring, coaching, lesson refinement, unit of study development, and the development of activities that integrate science, math, engineering and/or technology. These major objectives can be accomplished through R-STEM’s intensive professional development program. All program outcomes will be assessed based on a comprehensive evaluation and research plan.

Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Dr. Carolyn NicholDirector
Mr. Allen AntoineAssociate Director
Mr. Matthew CushingDirector of Programs and Operations

Training Events

Introduction to Mathematics Inquiry06/05/2017 - 06/05/2017
Formative Assessment Lessons6/12/2017 - 6/12/2017
Formative Assessment Lessons6/13/2017 - 6/13/2017
Numeracy and Problem Strings06/08/2017 - 06/08/2017
Teaching Statistics in the Middle Grades6/14/2017 - 6/14/2017
Teaching Statistics in the Middle Grades6/15/2017 - 6/15/2017
Proportional Reasoning6/6/2017 - 6/6/2017
Proportional Reasoning6/7/2017 - 6/7/2017
Book Study (More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Secondary Mathematics Instruction)06/05/2017 - 08/31/2017
Group Lesson Design Project09/01/2017 - 03/21/2018
STEM Saturday09/23/2017 - 09/23/2017
TEAMS I10/03/2017 - 11/04/2017
Exploding Dots & Place Value11/08/2017 - 11/08/2017
Culturally Responsive Mathematics12/06/2017 - 12/06/2017
TEAMS II10/10/2017 - 12/18/2017
Online Vertical Alignment Activity12/06/2017 - 12/18/2017
Data Analysis & Financial Literacy02/07/2018 - 02/07/2018
TEAMS III03/01/2018 - 05/01/2018
Online Professional Development (Content Development Focus)01/01/2018 - 03/31/2018
Intern Portfolio Presentations03/21/2018 - 03/21/2018
TRC Post Testing05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018
Conferences06/05/2017 - 7/18/2018
Cadre Member Training Session (Non-Immersion) Fall 20179/1/2017 - 12/15/2017
Cadre Member Training Session (Immersion) Fall 20179/1/2017 - 12/15/2017
Cadre Member Training Session (Non-Immersion) Spring 20181/1/2018 - 3/16/2018
Cadre Member Training Session (Immersion) Spring 20181/1/2018 - 3/16/2018
Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations9/12/2017 - 12/18/2017
TRC 24th Annual Meeting6/26/2018 - 6/28/2018