Wisconsin Statewide Mathematics Initiative

Through research and national conferences Brookhill recognized the tremendous need for high quality, affordable professional development. Several models were evaluated and considered but most were not scalable and were very costly. Informed by this knowledge, Brookhill connected with leaders of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) and the mathematics leaders at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

As an outcome of these initial conversations, the Wisconsin Statewide Mathematics Initiative was created in 2011 as a program within Brookhill. The collective conversations of Brookhill, DPI, and WMC identified three areas of K12 priority needs in mathematics education - professional development, leadership development, and teacher preparation.

To date nine courses have been created for in-service teachers.  The development of these courses involved twenty-five mathematicians and math educators, seventeen from Wisconsin and eight from across the country.  The program is well underway and new ideas and on-line courses are being developed to supplement and continue the work of WSMI.

Since summer 2012:

  • 3,000 teacher participants have taken courses 
  • 600 schools from 160 Wisconsin school districts have participated
  • 300 district administrators have participated – many more than one time
  • 60 facilitators delivered courses
  • 30 educators developed and reviewed courses
  • 28 institutes delivered in 28 different communities in Wisconsin
  • 9 courses developed – two for each grades K2, 35, and high school and three for grades 68
  • 1 academic year on-line course, WSMI Fellows, established

 

For more specific WSMI program information visit the WSMI website at www.wsmi.net.

"There are two versions of math in the lives of many Americans: the strange and boring subject that they encountered in classrooms and an interesting set of ideas that is the math of the world, and is curiously different and surprisingly engaging. Our task is to introduce this second version to today's students, get them excited about math, and prepare them for the future."

–Jo Boaler, Mathematics Educator (What's Math Got to Do with It?, Penguin 2008)