CPM’s Teacher Research Corps is a powerful form of teacher-driven professional learning that CPM funds as part of its mission to recognize and foster teacher expertise and leadership in mathematics education. Is TRC a good fit for you or for teachers you support? The answer might be yes if:
- You are a teacher looking to broaden your community of like-minded teachers to collaborate with.
- You are a coach looking to support teachers to develop a reflective practice.
- You are an administrator looking to support teachers’ learning and leadership within your mathematics department.
Do not let the idea of doing “research” scare you: teachers who join TRC come back year after year and report it as some of the best professional learning they have ever participated in. Maybe this is because TRC is teacher-driven professional learning: teachers reflect on their classroom practice and articulate challenges they are facing. They find like-minded colleagues in TRC who are interested in investigating those challenges together. They meet monthly with their team and with the TRC Leadership Team. Everyone in TRC works collaboratively to troubleshoot challenges and document progress.
We would like to share some reflections from this year’s TRC cohort to share about the power of this form of professional development.
We asked Teacher Researchers: Why did you choose TRC?
On the first of TRC’s three-day summer institute, Teacher Researchers reflected on what motivated them to participate in TRC. These thoughts are from one investigative team that formed this June at the TRC 10.0 Institute. They titled their group “Asset-based collaborative assessments” to reflect their topic of investigation for the year. They posed their focal question as
“How can we approach assessment in a way that is asset-based, aligned with collaborative classroom practices, and focused on understanding over time?”
There are four Teacher Researchers on this team, they come from widely different contexts, with experiences ranging from newer to more veteran teachers, and from being new to TRC to TRC veterans. Each teacher has their own reasons for joining TRC. Which reasons resonate with you?
Want to learn more?
CPM’s Teacher Researchers earn an annual stipend to support the extra work that they do during the school year. Their travel and lodging to TRC Institute are covered by CPM. Applications for the 2024-25 school year open in January 2024-March 2024. To learn more, contact TRC’s Program Manager, Mark Coté, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye out for insights from Teacher Researchers:
- in CPM’s Newsletter from Teacher Researchers.
- at CPM’s Annual Teacher Conference.