EMPower Professional Development
Adult Numeracy Center at TERC
Developing Math Proficiency in Adult Learners
Creating engaging mathematics learning experiences has long been a focus of TERC's work. In 2000, TERC widened its reach to include adult math learners with a major grant from the National Science Foundation to found the EMPower (Extending Mathematical Power) project. The project developed a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for non-traditional students enrolled in adult basic education, pre-GED, GED, and transitional courses to college, as well students in alternative high schools, workplace settings or corrections programs.
The resulting published EMPower curriculum fills the tremendous need for a math and numeracy program for adult basic education. EMPower helps adults develop mathematical proficiency to more effectively engage with the world, whether that be at work, at home as parents and caregivers, in the community, or as they seek high school credentials and further education.
In order to serve adult numeracy teachers, TERC is now offering EMPower Professional Development Workshops. Teachers will expand their ideas of what it means to do math, focusing on reasoning, communication, and real-world problem solving.
A more recent project, TIAN: Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy is developing a new in-service professional development model for adult basic education teachers of mathematics. The model uses teacher inquiry and reflective learning to engage teachers in learning how to design and implement effective mathematics instructional approaches for algebra and data analysis.
Find more information at adultnumeracy.terc.edu.
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