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UNI partners with Waterloo Community Schools for mathematics teaching

February 1, 2012

Vicki Oleson, assistant professor, UNI Department of Mathematics, 319-273-7650,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Teaching and Learning Mathematics (CTLM) has partnered with Waterloo Community Schools (WCS) to provide instructional coaching in Walter Cunningham and Irving Elementary Schools through June of 2013.

UNI mathematics faculty will collaborate with teachers and district math coaches to provide intensive modeling, coaching and professional development to better aid classroom practices.

Project goals include an increase in teacher content knowledge of mathematics, improvement in teachers' instructional strategies of the district's mathematics curriculum and an increase in mathematics achievement by the elementary students.

This project is a unique partnership that benefits both the WCS district and the University of Northern Iowa," said Vicki Oleson, assistant professor, UNI Department of Mathematics. "UNI faculty members are learning more about the current classroom experience from their visits to WCS, and WCS teachers are accessing valuable support from mathematics education experts at UNI. Together, UNI faculty and WCS teachers are working to improve elementary children's understanding of mathematics."

For more information, contact Oleson at 319-273-7650 or