Training for teachers

High Desert Educational Service District (High Desert ESD) recently announced a new educational program called Math in Real Life. The grant-funded program is focused on professional development for middle and high school educators in Central Oregon. A four-day camp, held in Redmond, hosted approximately 20 educators and 12 Central Oregon industry leaders who will provide real life examples to help educators bridge the gap between classroom and real life applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Math in Real Life was lead by international math and science teacher, Linda Adams, who designed the program’s curriculum to help teachers write real life lessons that will engage students to reason, problem solve, explore and connect with what’s going on with industry and how math and science are applied in everyday life. “Having spent many years in the classroom in the U.S and abroad, I’ve learned the importance in providing students with real life applications in regards to math and science, problem solving, risk taking and ultimately innovation, said Linda Adams, Math in Real Life coordinator.”

This fall, educators who participated in Math in Real Life, will begin to apply their math and science lesson plans in the classroom hopefully igniting further interest from Central Oregon teachers and students in the vast opportunities that connect math and science to their everyday world.