Welcome to CTTI: The Chicago Transformation Teacher Institutes

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CTTI Equilibrium in Math and Science Workshop Series

Next session: Saturday, April 25, 9 am - 3 pm

In this workshop series, Professors Don Wink from Chemistry and John Baldwin from Math will lead explorations around the theme of equilibrium. The series will include discussions and hands-on activities that will take us deeply into this theme, important both in math and science but even more interesting when considered as a cross-disciplinary investigation. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of equilibrium that will make a difference in your teaching!

Teachers from Chicago high schools will earn a stipend for their participation and lunch will be provided.

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CTTI Math Pedagogy Course at DePaul

Starts March 25, 2015

In this advanced Math Pedagogy course, led by Professors Mindy Kalchman and Lynn Narasimhan, students will explore in depth the dimensions of a highly effective mathematics classroom. In addition to reading and discussing the literature that provides the theoretical rationale for mathematics instruction called for by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, students will consider challenges to implementing these new standards specific to urban classrooms.

Videos, case studies, new and relevant curricular resources, mathematical explorations, and shared experiences from contemporary classrooms will contribute to the development of effective, progressive, reflective practitioners.

Teachers from Chicago high schools will earn a stipend for their participation and tuition will be fully subsidized.

Please click here for a more detailed description of the course and here for registration instructions.

Do you have questions about CTTI?
Please contact Dean Grosshandler, the CTTI Project Coordinator, at grosshan@uic.edu

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How to Apply

We encourage teachers to contact us about becoming part of CTTI, whether or not they are part of a school team at this time. School teams: Please review the CTTI informational files linked to above before completing the application. As part of the process of preparing your application, we highly encourage you to schedule a meeting with us and your team at your school.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will review applications and provide responses as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, please email Dean Grosshandler, Project Coordinator, at grosshan@uic.edu. Thank you!

About CTTI

The Chicago Transformation Teacher Institutes (CTTI) is an NSF-funded Math Science Partnership of five universities (University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, and Northwestern University) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Its aim is to increase the content, pedagogical, and leadership skills of teachers through a school leader-team approach.

The CTTI teacher program includes several components in addition to networking programs:

  • Coursework in mathematics, physical science, and life and environmental science. The courses provide for increased content knowledge by teachers, including how the content is embedded in contemporary issues and current research. They also support the growth of deep knowledge required for strong cross-curricula work. Workshops on leadership and teaching that provide increased skills in how to use content to understand classroom practice, including instructional design, selection of classroom materials, pedagogy, and assessment of student knowledge.
  • Improved curricula for schools to use in 12th grade capstone and AP classes. These curricula will be part of a vertical alignment of all four years of high school science or mathematics.

Benefits for teachers

All courses in the core CTTI program are graduate-level university courses and can be applied to a degree program.  Please note that participation in the CTTI program does not ensure automatic acceptance into a degree program. For information on the exact number of credit hours that can be transferred into a degree program, please contact a graduate advisor at the host institution. 

A second aspect of teacher leader work involves grades 9-10-11. In this case, teachers lead an examination of the vertical and thematic integration of instruction in their schools (of course, they will also be teaching in one or more of those grades). Particular goals include (a) leading departments in considering the instructional implications of the math or science reasoning characteristics of the ACT College Readiness Standards; (b) determining specific instructional components that strengthen or weaken student preparation for grade 12; and (c) providing professional development experiences that reflect emerging skills in translating particular content ideas into useful classroom practice.

Thirdly, the leadership components of CTTI support the development of teacher leaders within the school. Their work fits within the existing and developing plans for overall leadership in the school, leading to stronger departments that can work well with the overall school plan as developed by the school principal and Local School Council.

Benefits for schools

Schools with teachers participating in the CTTI benefit in three particular ways. First, the teachers work directly on 12th grade science and math curricula, critical to providing students with college and career readiness. The CTTI courses bring teachers into contact with new ideas and they are expected to change their plans to adapt these for classroom use. At the same time, teachers purposefully bring content they learn in courses into their 12th grade plans. This will build over the course of the institute, culminating in their CTTI-supported work within Workshop 3, which will then focus on supporting their selection of materials, development of course planning and pacing materials, and determining and procuring classroom supports for the new course.