About LaM3

Project Mission

Our project’s mission is to 1) expand the mathematical capacity of teachers, which will help advance students’ mathematical knowledge, broaden their perspective, and pique their curiosity about the nature of STEM, and 2) help bridge the achievement disparities between students with “hidden or unmet potential” and the rest of the population.

Project Goals

There are 5 major goals for the program, which include:

  1. Recruit 20 exceptionally qualified mathematics teachers from our three partner districts.
  2. Provide participants with graduate coursework in mathematics and mathematics pedagogy that leads to a Louisiana Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certification.
  3. Provide participants with additional graduate coursework tailored to meet established standards for Middle School Mathematics Master Teachers.
  4. Examine the impact LaM3 participants have on students who possess hidden or unmet potential.
  5. Examine the impact LaM3 participants have on the instructional practices of their peers.

Program Staff

Dr. Peter Sheppard, [email protected], (337) 482-1514

Dr. Patricia Beaulieu, [email protected], (337) 482-6704

Dr. Pegge Alciatore, [email protected], (337)-482-5234

Dr. Peter Sheppard, who serves as principal investigator on LaM3 and STEMS2, has has served as Director/Co-Director on over dozen funded projects with a combined value over $4.5 million since 2006. His projects have covered a range of school mathematics and mathematics pedagogical topics as the titles of the projects suggests: Improving the PACS (Pedagogy Assessment Content Skills) of Middle Grades Teachers I and II; Utilizing Student Reponses to Address Common Errors; A TEAM (Tactile Experiences with Algebraic Models) Approach to Algebraic Proficiency He holds the SLEMCO Board of Regents Professorship and his work has been lauded by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (College Mathematics Professor of the Year), and Phi Delta Kappa (Emerging Leader) among others. He teaches math methods courses in the College of Education and currently serves as the Head of the  Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Patricia Beaulieu, Co-PI, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UL Lafayette has a Ph.D. Mathematics. She has served as an advisor for secondary mathematics education majors and has taught pre-service mathematics courses for twenty years. She is presently a Co-PI on two NSF funded grants. She is also responsible for the professional development seminar for mathematics graduate students teaching for the first time at the university. She is a former middle and high school mathematics teacher.

Dr. Pegge Alciatore, Co-PI, Assistant Professor, Assistant Department Head of Biology and Coordinator of Anatomy and Physiology, has been working as a teacher and administrator for the past thirty years. Dr. Alciatore, a former summer recipient of an NSF Research Fellowship, has served as Department of Energy Science Teacher Enhancement Program Director, and DOE Math-Science Grant Coordinator. She has also assumed leadership roles in other programs related to secondary science education. She serves a Co-PI on the STEMS2 project.

Dr. Kathleen Lopez, former Co-PI and Associate Professor & Assistant Head of the Department of Mathematics, has been teaching pre-service mathematics courses for twenty-nine years. She has been the PI or Co-PI on eleven grants. She has conducted professional development workshops for university and K-12 faculty. She has coordinated the design of university mathematics courses and has co-authored the course materials. She has been invited to participate in state and national activities related to the mathematical preparation of teachers. In 2001 she won the MAA LA-MS Section’s award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics at the university level.

Dr. Christina Eubanks–Turner  formerly served as a mathematics consultant for the LaM3 project. She has been either the PI or co-PI on 10 funded grants, which includes serving as the principal investigator for the Louisiana Noyce Teaching Fellows/Master Teaching Fellows Planning Project (LaNMTF PP). She is also an organizer of the Acadiana Math Teachers’ Circle. She has taught courses for pre-service math teachers and has designed an online applied calculus course. Also she has served as a visiting instructor for NU-Teach Institute and LaMSTI teacher preparation programs and worked with the following NSF-funded programs: Project-Fulcrum, Nebraska IMMERSE, and Math in the Middle

Program Support & Funding

The Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle (LaM3) project represents a collaborative partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Education, College of Sciences, Lafayette Parish School System, Vermilion Parish School System, and the Allen J Celestine Foundation.

Program Support & Funding

The Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle (LaM3) project represents a collaborative partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Education, College of Sciences, Lafayette Parish School System, Vermilion Parish School System, and the Allen J Celestine Foundation.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award #1240054.

 

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