VMI’s Summer 2021 Professional Development Offerings

Announcing VMI’s Mathematics Professional Development Courses for Summer 2021 

 

Introduction to Cryptography

Course Description

This course is an introduction to cryptography and cryptanalysis, focusing on the history of secret communications, from simple substitution ciphers to public key cryptography, and the mathematical ideas underlying modern cryptography and secure data transfer. Cloud-based computational activities will enable participants to engage with the central concepts of the course, create their own encrypted messages, and attempt to decrypt their fellow students’ encrypted messages. Major topics: include substitution cipher, Vigenère cipher, affine cipher, Enigma machine, discrete logarithms and the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, RSA and elliptic curves.

Introduction to Cryptography is designed for high school teachers and VMI graduates yet open to any math teacher interested in the topic.

Cost

$1650.00

Dates and Times

In-person sessions

June 28 – 8:30-4:30

June 29-July 2 – 8:30-4:00

Location

Burlington, Vermont area; Exact location to be determined soon

Course Information

Instructors: Susan Ojala and Dr. Greg Petrics

Credit Information: 3-Graduate Credits from Southern New Hampshire University

Course Number: To be determined 

For more information Contact Susan Ojala 

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Mathematical Coherence in the Elementary Grades: Foundational Understandings for Teaching Students Who Struggle

Course Description

This course is designed for PreK-6th grade teachers, special educators, and math interventionists to deepen their mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge essential for teaching students who struggle with mathematics.

 Mathematical Coherence in the Elementary Grades is developed with an eye on current teaching/learning research related to early number concepts, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and fractions. These overarching and integrative mathematical “big ideas” form the foundation of PreK- Grade 6 mathematics. Teachers, special educators, and math interventionists will explore the mathematics content related to these topics, the intimate relationship among them, and the important pedagogical strategies and skills educational research suggests can have a strong impact on student learning. Emphasis is placed on teaching these important overarching mathematical ideas to students with special needs.

Cost

$1650.00

Location

Brattleboro, Vermont area. Exact location to be determined soon.

Dates and Times

In Person Sessions: 8:00-3:30

  • Tuesday July 6 -Thursday July 8,

Virtual Sessions: 3:30 – 7:00

  • Thursday September 9
  • Wednesday, September 29
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Wednesday November 10

Course Information

Instructors: Sandi Stanhope & Fran Huntoon

Credit Information: 3-Graduate Credits from Southern New Hampshire University

Course Number: EDMA 505VM 

For More Information Contact Sandi Stanhope or Fran Huntoon

Register Here