University of Vermont

Professional Development

Vermont Mathematics Initiative

Since 1999, the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) represents a collaboration of the University of Vermont, the Vermont State Agency of Education, and Vermont school districts. The VMI is open to all teachers from pre-kindergarten through high school. Teachers who enroll in VMI can earn a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree from the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The Marc Hull Doctrine: Whatever you do in education—teaching, professional development, administration, assessment—always keep the child in the foreground, especially the child who has no other champion.

At the heart of the VMI is the concept of building a cadre of mathematics teacher leaders across the state who are deeply knowledgeable in mathematics content and can apply their knowledge to improve mathematics instruction. In turn, these teacher leaders serve as mathematics resources to other teachers in their school and/or district in the teaching and learning of mathematics. To date VMI has trained 435 teacher leaders representing 97% of Vermont school districts. An additional 800 teachers have taken sustained in-depth VMI courses. In all, Vermont teachers who have taken VMI courses teach about 15,000 Vermont students annually.

The VMI is a two stage "train the trainer" model.

Stage 1: VMI Master's Degree

A three-year, 12 course, 36 credit program- which trains teachers to be mathematics teacher leaders, thereby building capacity in school and districts for improving mathematics instruction.

Stage 2: District or Regional Implementation

A component in which the VMI trained mathematics teacher leaders in a district are utilized to reach all K-8 teachers in the district.

Last modified August 26 2015 03:18 PM