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McDaniel’s graduate math instructional leader program expands off campus

Francis *Skip* Fennell with students.
February 25, 2014

With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics calling for opportunities that ensure young learners not only know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide but why those processes work, it’s no wonder that McDaniel’s groundbreaking Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) program is expanding off campus to Maryland counties.

The program, developed by McDaniel professor Francis “Skip” Fennell with the support of The Brookhill Foundation, prepares elementary classroom teachers to be math resource specialists, coaching and mentoring colleagues and providing professional development in mathematics at the school and/or district level. EMIL candidates are certified after 21 credits and may continue on to earn an M.S. after 10 more credits.  

Since approved in December of 2010, the EMIL program continues on campus and cohorts have been established in Frederick and, this past fall, Howard counties, according to Fennell, past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the world’s largest and most influential mathematics education organization, and a founding member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). The program has been approved for Montgomery County teachers and is expected to begin in the fall of 2014.

“All 50 states have reading specialist certification programs, but only about 18 have related programs for elementary mathematics specialists” says Fennell. “There is a very real need for support for this subject. Mathematics learning is so vital for elementary-aged children.”

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