ESC Region 02 Mathematics Collaborative_Corpus Christi


Mrs. Patricia Thornton
Math Curriculum Specialist


The purpose of this project is to continue best practices identified in the 2016-2017 Collaborative and deliver new opportunities for teachers to strengthen content knowledge and instructional skills to enhance student engagement in mathematics. The goals of this project are to: (1) continue providing viable opportunities for a cohort of mathematics teachers to participate in high quality, sustained, and intensive professional development, (2) foster teachers’ intellectual growth and dive-deeper into research-based strategies that support the teaching of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Mathematics, and (3) facilitate immersion and non-immersion mentoring plans to encourage on-going learning and leadership building. To accomplish these goals, a partnership was formed with ESC Region 2, 26 Leading Education Agencies, a local Institution of Higher Education, and The Harbor Bridge Project, a community partner to meet the needs of region 2 teachers. The teachers are recruited from private and public schools to participate in the project. The targeted Math Teacher Mentors make-up a cohort of teachers from grades 5-9. Incentives offered to teachers included 100 plus hours of quality professional development, teacher and cadre support, stipends, substitute pay, and $500 in classroom materials. Activities for the cohort included a five-day summer institute, TEKS based training emphasizing problem solving skills and with a content focus on algebraic and proportional reasoning. The cohort is also provided with technology integration training, and an opportunity to attend the Texas Outdoor Education Association Fall workshop. In addition, math teacher mentors and their cadre members are offered 84 hours of additional professional training free during their off contract hours and at a discount during contract hours. Professional development trainings held in the fall and spring include a face-to-face with an online follow up component. ESC-2 staff specializing in technology, mathematics, curriculum and instruction with Dr. Michael Muzheve, Associate Professor of Mathematics, from Texas A&M University- Kingsville developed high-quality, professional development opportunities. Further, an online learning community, facilitated by ESC-2 staff, Dr. Michael Muzheve, and community partner will be established to provide mentoring, guidance, discussion and feedback to ESC-2 grant participants. This effort will provide students, especially high risk and economically disadvantaged students, with greater opportunities for life-long success.

Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Mrs. Joanne FergusonAssociate Director
Mrs. Patricia ThorntonEducational Specialist

Training Events

Day 1 - Orientation and Pre-test06/12/2017 - 06/12/2017
Day 4 -TI Nspire - Developing Algebraic Reasoning Using Visual Patterns06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Day 3 - Algebraic and Proportional Reasoning06/14/2017 - 06/14/2017
Day 4 - Google Online Learning Community06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Day 2 - Numeracy and Problem Strings Introduction06/13/2017 - 06/13/2017
Day 4 - Making Sense of Student Work (2nd session)06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Day 2 - Making Sense of Student Work06/13/2017 - 06/13/2017
Day 4 - Guiding Investigations in Math for Gifted Students06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Day 4 - Guiding Investigations in Math for English Learners06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Day 2 - Research to Practice: Explicit Instruction and Word Problems 06/13/2017 - 06/13/2017
Day 5 - Formative Assessment06/16/2017 - 06/16/2017
Teacher Leadership in Mathematics 08/19/2017 - 08/19/2017
Making Sense of Student Work, 3rd session 10/14/2017 - 10/14/2017
Collaborative Planning10/14/2017 - 10/14/2017
Mathematical Mindsets11/04/2017 - 11/04/2017
Making Sense of Student Work, session 4 11/04/2017 - 11/04/2017
Making Sense of Student Work, session 5 01/13/2018 - 01/13/2018
Collaborative Planning 01/13/2018 - 01/13/2018
Mentoring Hours06/19/2017 - 5/19/2018
Journaling Hours6/12/2017 - 5/19/2018
Day 4 - Guiding Investigations in Math for Special Ed and 504 students06/15/2017 - 06/15/2017
Professional Online Learning Community06/12/2017 - 5/19/2018
ME by The SEa06/27/2018 - 06/27/2018
Post Test5/19/2018 - 5/19/2018
Facilitated Planning - Alice ISD8/17/2017 - 8/17/2017
Facilitated Planning - Brooks County ISD8/22/2017 - 8/22/2017
Facilitated Planning - Odem ISD10/6/2017 - 10/6/2017
Facilitated Planning - Odem ISD11/3/2017 - 11/3/2017
Facilitated Planning - Odem ISD1/5/2018 - 1/5/2018
Facilitated Planning - Odem ISD2/19/2018 - 2/19/2018
Facilitated Planning - Brooks ISD11/27/2017 - 11/27/2017
Facilitated Planning - Brooks ISD3/5/2018 - 3/5/2018
Facilitated Planning - Brooks ISD4/23/2018 - 4/23/2018
TRC Annual Conference6/26/2018 - 6/28/2018