Openings remain in GCU’s Think Big Summer Institute

May 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill
GCU News Bureau

There’s still time to add your name to GCU’s Think Big Summer Math Institute for teachers and school teams.

It’s not too late for mathematics educators and school teams to sign up for Grand Canyon University’s Think Big Summer Math Institute.

Coordinated by GCU’s Strategic Educational Alliances, the workshops seek to promote the “conceptual development of important mathematical ideas, develop teacher mathematical content knowledge and apply strategies to facilitate professional development that makes sense of Think Big math practices,” according to SEA promotional materials.

Two workshops will be held: Think Big Institute 1.0 from June 5-8 and Think Big Institute 2.0 from June 12-15. Each offers separate topics and are taught by Dr. Scott Adamson and Dr. Trey Cox, two leading education mathematicians from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

The program got rave reviews in 2016. High school math teacher Megan Cornille described it as “the best week of my summer and the best math training I have been to!” Scott Sanchez, also a high school math teacher, said that “every single day was useful.  My mindset has changed regarding how I teach.”

For registration and information, click here.

2017 Think Big Topics schedule

 Think Big Institute 1.0: June 5-8, 2017
   • Monday, June 5: Linear modeling
   • Tuesday, June 6: Quadratics and higher order polynomials modeling
   • Wednesday, June 7: Statistical modeling, emphasizing univariate and bivariate data
   • Thursday, June 8: Leadership development, focusing on recognizing good teaching strategies and supporting colleagues’ professional growth

Think Big Institute 2.0: June 12-15, 2017
   • Monday, June 12: Exponential and logarithmic modeling
   • Tuesday, June 13: Trigonometric modeling
   • Wednesday, June 14: Calculus concepts
   • Thursday, June 15: Leadership development, with strategies on how to provide leadership  in implementing the eight mathematical teaching practices 

The sessions will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the main campus, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Building 6, rooms 203-205. The cost is $350 for participant schools and $400 for non-participant schools and those who enroll are eligible for 28 professional development hours per institute. The cost includes instructional materials, lunch, snacks and ongoing contact with Adamson and Cox throughout the year.

Contact Laurie Merrill at (602) 639-6511 or

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