A Brief History
The Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative (CRMC) was initiated in the fall of 1989 by the Chattahoochee Council of Teachers of Mathematics with a small grant from the Ford Foundation-funded Urban Mathematics Collaboratives. The CRMC operates as one of the Centers of Excellence at Columbus State University. Housed in the Department of Education and Health Professions, the CRMC serves preservice and in-service teachers in the Columbus area. In addition to some support from Columbus State University (CSU), the CRMC receives funding from area school systems when they purchase a package of services.
The mission of the Mathematics Collaborative at Columbus State University is to enhance the mathematics education of K-16 students through the development of teacher leaders, beginning with initial preparation and continuing through their professional teaching careers. The CRMC resource staff and local teacher leaders mentor other teachers and administrators, encourage parent and public involvement in mathematics education, and help develop means to support all teachers of mathematics in their professional growth. The goal of the CRMC is for all students to learn that mathematics enables them to continue their education, to make informed decisions as citizens, and to participate fully in their chosen vocations.
- Enhance the preparation of prospective mathematics teachers at Columbus State University.
- Develop teacher leaders using the most current mathematics education research and best practices for classroom instruction.
- Foster the teaching and learning of meaningful mathematics for all students, grades K-16.
- Facilitate collaboration between the University and local education agencies, colleges within the University, and the community.
The Mathematics Collaborative is located on the first floor in the historic building (formerly the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Newspaper building) of Frank Brown Hall, 1127 Broadway, Columbus, Georgia, part of CSU's RiverPark campus.
The CRMC provides services to schools and school systems within a 65-mile radius of Columbus, Georgia. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The opportunity to borrow teacher resources such as books, calculators, and math manipulatives for grades K-12,
- Professional learning, seminars, and conferences on such topics as helping teachers implement national and state standards for teaching mathematics,
- On-site professional development through faculty meetings and classroom assistance from resource teachers to include lesson planning and demonstration lessons,
- Assistance in planning family math nights,
- Financial assistance from the Helen P. Purks Fund to attend the Georgia Mathematics Conference (GCTM at Rock Eagle) or other professional development seminars.