The Vermont Mathematics Initiative

Now in our 22nd Year

Supporting excellence in mathematics teaching & learning in Vermont and New Hampshire classrooms, schools and districts.

Our Initiatives

The Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) is dedicated to improving mathematics teaching and learning through a variety of initiatives. 

These include:

  • The VMI Masters Program –  a comprehensive program dedicated to building systemic capacity by training current and aspiring K-8 mathematics teacher leaders.
  • Outreach and contribution to statewide initiatives in Vermont.
  • Targeted mathematics education support to schools and districts
  • A variety of recertification courses designed specifically for mathematics teachers

Partnerships

Partnering with teachers, schools, districts, state organizations, and institutions of higher learning to support deep mathematics learning for all students.

Mathematicians

Participants learn from mathematicians representing Northern Vermont University, St. Michael’s College, University of Vermont, Westport St. and, Middlebury College.

Math Educators

VMI award winning mathematics educators have decades of experience working in all areas of mathematics education.

Honoring Traditions

VMI is celebrating its 22nd year and continues the traditions established by its founders of providing comprehensive professional development in mathematics with the overarching goal of systemic improvement in mathematics teaching and learning.

What We Do

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The VMI Masters Program

A comprehensive 3-year masters program focusing on effective mathematics instruction for all students, mathematics content, teacher leadership, and mathematics education research.

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Courses and Programs

Courses designed for mathematics teachers addressing a variety of mathematical content and instructional topics.

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School and District Support

Working with schools and districts to design math PD experiences for teachers and leaders and support systemic change. 

Testimonials

  • “After twenty eight years of teaching, VMI is without a doubt the single most important experience in my professional life….a truly unique opportunity for teachers to strengthen their abilities to teach mathematics.”

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    - Grade 6 Math/Science Teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools

  • “Being part of VMI has been a life-changing experience and I will definitely take all that I
    learned and apply it to my teaching.” 

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    - Member of the 2016 Cohort

  • “I am always looking for ways to better engage students in math and to ground my teaching in a conceptually based understanding of math ideas. I have found just the professional community I was looking for at VMI.”

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    Member of the 2020 Vermont Cohort

  • “VMI has helped me build confidence in my math abilities and move my teaching career forward in exciting ways. I am so appreciative of all I have learned so far and am looking forward to next semester.”

    Member of the 2020 Vermont Cohort

  • “I have really enjoyed meeting with and getting to know my mentor, over the past couple of months. I feel very grateful to have someone else “in my corner” as I navigate these new waters of education during these unprecedented times of the pandemic. She has provided me with wonderful, useful resources already and I can tell she has a wealth of knowledge to share.”

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    Member of the 2020 New Hampshire Cohort

  • “Wow, what a pleasure to have taken part in such a well thought out and organized program. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with both Fran and Bill .”

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    Member of 2020 Vermont Cohort

  • Wow! It is the end of my first semester with VMI and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I could not be more grateful for my experience so far!

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    Member of the 2020 New Hampshire Cohort

  • “No one told me VMI was going to be easy, but it’s so satisfying when something difficult finally clicks”.

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    Member of the 2020 Vermont Cohort

  • “I can’t express strongly enough how much I miss being a part of VMI.  My three years with VMI were the best three years I have had in my 24 years of teaching. The collegiality and collaboration with passionate educators dedicated to doing what is right for students as they learn mathematics was unprecedented for me.” 

    Member of the 2014 VMI Cohort and Current VMI Mentor

  • “I am hoping you can share this brief note of gratitude with all of the other incredible and talented individuals who helped me learn so much during my time with VMI. I am teaching 100% virtually this year, K-2 math… Without everything you have taught me, resources included, I would not be successful taking on this new challenge. It is because of VMI that I feel comfortable with math standards, enthusiastic about working flexibly with math, and knowledgeable enough to teach kids AND their parents. I appreciate you all so much.”
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    Member of the 2017 VMI Cohort

Get In Touch

Since its inception in 1999, the VMI has been dedicated to improving student learning in mathematics for all students and to building leadership capacity in Vermont Schools. Presently, we are expanding this work into New Hampshire. Interested in learning more about our Masters Program or the other services we provide to mathematics educators and leaders? Send us a message by clicking below!