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Florida State University is soliciting applications for elementary-level mathematics teachers and school principals to participate in the Foundations for Success program. The Foundations for Success program will provide opportunities for educators to participate in up to three years of a professional development program called Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). This page provides information about the CGI program and a link to apply to participate in the program.

The program for teachers, coaches, and instructional support personnel will involve eight days of professional development workshops each year. We will make every effort to be able to offer each of the three years of the K–2 and 3–5 programs during each year of the project, but we cannot guarantee that all levels will be available in every year.

Project Timelines

Teacher Timeline

SY 2018-19

8 days of of professional development offered between January 2018 and May 2018

SY 2019-20

8 days of professional development

Four days will be offered in summer 2019. Two days will be offered in fall 2019. Two days will be offered in winter or spring 2020.

SY 2020-21

8 days of professional development

Four days will be offered in summer 2020. Two days will be offered in fall 2020. Two days will be offered in winter or spring 2021.

SY 2021-22

8 days of professional development

Four days will be offered in summer 2021. Two days will be offered in fall 2021. Two days will be offered in winter or spring 2022.

SY 2022-23

8 days of professional development

Four days will be offered in summer 2022. Two days will be offered in fall 2022. Two days will be offered in winter or spring 2023.

Principal Timeline

2019

4 days of professional development for school leaders

Two days will be offered in early summer 2019. Two days will be offered in fall 2019.

2020

4 days of professional development for school leaders

Two days will be offered in winter/spring 2020. Two days will be offered in fall 2020.

2021

4 days of professional development for school leaders

Two days will be offered in winter/spring 2021. Two days will be offered in fall 2021.

2022

4 days of professional development for school leaders

Two days will be offered in winter/spring 2022. Two days will be offered in fall 2022.

2023

Professional development for school leaders is not currently planned to be offered in this year.

There will be two tracks in the Foundations for Success program for teachers and instructional support personnel. Each track offers three years of professional development (CGI year 1, year 2, year 3).

CGI K–2 Program

  • Aligns with curriculum standards at grades K-2
  • Focus on domains of:
    • operations in algebraic thinking
    • counting and cardinality
    • number and base ten

CGI 3–5 Program

  • Aligns with curriculum standards at grades 3-5
  • Focus on domains of:
    • operations in algebraic thinking
    • number and base ten
    • fractions

Frequently Asked Questions

The CGI program is a mathematics professional development program for elementary-level educators. The CGI program is developed and directed by Linda Levi, Director of the CGI Math Teacher Learning Center. The program will offer professional development for teachers and for principals. Principals are welcome (and encouraged) to attend the teacher professional development, but the professional-development for school leaders is specifically designed for principals.

There are two tracks in the program for teachers: K–2, or 3–5. Each track consists of three years. The content of each of the three years builds on what teachers learn in the preceding years. A teacher must complete the first year of the program to become eligible for the second year.

The multiyear program can be completed in consecutive years, or there can be gaps between years. Whether any given teacher completes the three-year program in consecutive years is typically determined by the teachers’ availability and the availability of funding. A teacher must complete the second year of the program to become eligible for the third year. Teachers may participate in the K–2 and the 3–5 programs, but it is not recommended for teachers to participated in both programs simultaneously.

The CGI program offered in the Foundations for Success program focuses on number (including the base-ten number system), operations, and algebraic thinking. The primary-grades (K–2) program focuses on whole number, while the intermediate-grades (3–5) program addresses both whole number and fractions. With a focus on the algebraic foundations of arithmetic, teachers will deepen their understanding of mathematics through their involvement in the CGI program. Through the study of student thinking and curriculum standards, teachers will develop their abilities to use mathematical language and written notation.

The CGI program provides teachers with opportunities to learn about developmental progressions related to how children understand mathematics in general. The CGI program is applicable to implementation of any mathematics curriculum at the elementary level and offers teachers deeper insight into their own curriculum. Teachers who implement what they learn in the CGI program have higher levels of knowledge of their own students’ thinking processes in mathematics.

The CGI program is designed for all educators who are responsible for the teaching and learning of elementary mathematics. All ability levels are welcome. Teachers with low, average, or high mathematics knowledge are encouraged to attend. All participants will increase their own knowledge in mathematics.

Teachers should be prepared to work hard in the program to develop their understanding of mathematics, improve their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of their own students’ thinking processes and mathematical understanding. The effort will result in teachers having higher levels of confidence in their abilities to teach mathematics and greater enjoyment from teaching mathematics.

The program is expected to have the greatest impact in settings where teachers are supported by their peers and instructional leaders in their efforts to make adjustments to their scope and sequence to be responsive to the needs of the learners in their classrooms. Instructional leaders and instructional support personnel are encouraged to attend, but they should only attend if they will have regular interaction with students during the year(s) they participate in the CGI program.

The Foundations for Success project is supported by a grant award from the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Robert Schoen — who currently serves as the associate director for the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University — is the project director/principal investigator for the project.

Approximately 900 Florida teachers have participated in at least one year of the program since 2013. These teachers represent more than 14 public school districts and numerous private schools. Teacher participation in the CGI program in Florida has been supported by a series of grant-supported projects. Robert Schoen has been the project director for each of these grant awards, and Linda Levi has been the developer and director of the CGI professional-development program.

No, this program is supported by a grant award. Teachers and principals will not be expected to pay for participation in the training program, but the school district will be expected to provide documentation for in-kind contributions.

Teachers who participate in the program will receive $125 per day for their participation in the professional development workshops when their participation occurs outside of their contracted days with the school district. This will primarily occur during the summer sessions.

Yes, teachers who participate in the program will be asked to complete some Web-based surveys to support program evaluation. Teachers will be compensated for completion of these Web-based surveys.

In order to receive compensation for participating in the study you will need to complete the FSU Teacher Payment Form. If you wish to receive direct deposit you will also need to complete the FSU Teacher Direct Deposit Form.

On days when you are contracted with the school district, you will receive your pay directly from your school district as usual.

On days when you are not contracted with the school district or for completion of Web-based surveys, Florida State University will provide your payment directly to you. Typically, the payment process will take approximately 4–6 weeks after completion of the activity. This will also require the recipient to complete an initial process to register as a vendor for Florida State University.

No, the program will reimburse your school for the cost of a substitute teacher needed to cover your teaching assignment on the days you attend the program. When applicable, you will need to follow your school’s guidelines to arrange for a substitute teacher.

Unfortunately, this program has limited funding and can only provide spaces for a limited number of teachers each year from partnering school districts. If your school district is not a partnering district, please contact your district and let them know that you are interested in participating in Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and ask them to contact Robert Schoen (rschoen@lsi.fsu.edu) for information on whether and how they may become a partner district.

This professional development program is part of a larger research study on the effects of the program on students and teachers. As part of the research program, starting in summer 2019, eligible program applicants will be assigned through a randomized process to attend the workshops or to serve as a wait-list control group. Pending availability of funds, we will invite teachers assigned at random to the wait-list control condition to participate in the CGI professional development program starting in summer 2022.

Yes, if you choose to apply to participate in the program, there will be an electronic version of the consent form for you to sign during the application process.

We understand that circumstances may not allow some teachers to participate for three consecutive years.

To apply to participate in the program, return to the top of this page and click the appropriate box to be taken to the application survey.


Funding

U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program, grant award number U423A180115.

Principal Investigator

Robert C. Schoen, PhD — Associate Director, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

Co-Principal Investigators

Linda Levi, PhD — Director, CGI Math Teacher Learning Center

Walter G. Secada, PhD — Senior Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami

Senior Project Manager

Amanda M. Tazaz, PhD — Associate in Research, FCR-STEM, Florida State University

District Partners

Approximately one-dozen Florida school districts.