New Normal PBL Academy: Fostering New Norms for Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms

Led by experienced mathematics professional developers Valerie Maxwell, Jamila Riser, Amanda Jansen, Teddie Psitos, Thomas Becker, Robin Corrozi, and Michael Reitemeyer, the New Normal professional development program supports the evolving content and pedagogical needs of the problem-based enthusiasts in Delaware schools and institutions of higher education.

New Normal is focused on the use of evidence-based high leverage practices and a progression of purposefully sequenced conceptually-grounded lessons targeting content that research has suggested have been gatekeepers for success at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Each summer, New Normal PBL Academy participants engage in rich mathematics learning experiences that:

  • promote a common vision for what problem-based, student thinking centered mathematics classrooms look like, feel like, and sound like;
  • develop both the skills and disposition to promote highly engaging conceptually-grounded Common Core inspired lessons in their classrooms;
  • build local and state level leadership capacity through engagement in job-embedded face-to-face and on-line professional learning (action research); and
  • provide opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators to individually and collectively pursue a stance of inquiry, reflection, and ongoing learning regarding their efforts to support deeper and more enduring mathematics learning environments in their schools.