The SMI presentations provide high school mathematics teachers with answers and insight into the following questions:
- What math should high school graduates know to succeed in college?
Members of the RIT community and other universities can provide the teachers with a set of prerequisite skills they deem most signiﬁcant in the success of students in the courses they teach. These interactions can also shed light on where students are currently struggling as well as interesting ways in which their high school mathematical skills are used in the sciences, engineering and other ﬁelds of study.
- What math should college graduates know to succeed professionally?
Industrial leaders, researchers, co-op students, REU students and government agents will be instrumental in articulating their needs when hiring new employees. These individuals will bring examples of how high school mathematics has been/can be used in their ﬁeld and what their prospective employees need to know to be successful.
- How can high school teachers help their students better learn this math?
Through communications from experienced teachers and leaders in education research and practice, the teachers can explore and share their methods and techniques that encourage student centered learning, engagement and success. The teachers will be provided with and develop many sample activities that can be used in their classrooms that emphasize the applications of the subject matter.