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100 K-8 Silicon Valley teachers participate in free math training through Silicon Valley: A Laboratory for Learning

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100 K-8 Silicon Valley teachers participate in free math training through Silicon Valley: A Laboratory for Learning

San Jose, CA- August 1- Teachers get free extra math training with special emphasis on the interrelatedness of arithmetic, algebra and geometry “Silicon Valley: A Laboratory for Learning” enters fourth year, nearly 300 trained Silicon Valley Leadership Group, now in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, is providing more than 100 local K-8 classroom teachers – many from low performing Silicon Valley schools — with 80 hours of in depth, content-rich professional development in mathematics.

The program, Silicon Valley: A Laboratory for Learning, begins its fourth year on August 2nd and will have reached nearly 300 teachers at the conclusion of this year’s training. This is the first year of the partnership between the Leadership Group and the County Office of Education.

The Intel® Math professional development course is geared toward learning math content through the algebra level, with special emphasis on the interrelatedness of arithmetic, algebra and geometry. The institute hones teachers’ instructional strategies, stressing a “big idea”
approach to K-8 math curriculum, as well as multiple-solution representation strategies and different assessment methods to enhance student learning.

Teachers also receive instructional materials, supplies, and a modest stipend through the generosity of the member companies of the Leadership Group as well as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Piloted in Silicon Valley and Massachusetts in 2007, the Intel Math curriculum provides proven, quantifiable results of improved teacher math content knowledge.
In the 2009 program year, local teachers improved their knowledge in math on the program assessment by an average of 32 percent.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) plays a key role in recruiting
the participating teachers from the region’s lower-performing schools and districts. As a provider of professional development in the region, the SCCOE also lends its expertise in program delivery.

The following member companies of the Leadership Group are sponsoring the 2010
program: Intel, HP, Affymetrix, Agilent, Alta Devices, AMD, BD
Biosciences, Bridgelux, Brocade, Cargill, Comcast, deCarta, DeVry University,
ETM Electromatic, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Mosys, NetGear. NXP, PG&E, Polycom,
Rovi, SJ Giants, Sunpower, SVB Financial, Synopsys, Tech CU, Tessera, Wells Fargo,
and Wyse.

This effort is also made possible by the generous support of the Silicon Valley
Community Foundation.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 300 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.svlg.org or call (408) 501-7853.

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