Challenge

Glendale Unified School District wanted to support increased cross-curricular collaboration between mathematics and science teachers

Action Plan

The UCLA Curtis Center designed a yearlong program that included:

  • 50 Glendale math and science teachers attended a 60-hour summer institute in which they engaged in STEM lessons and discussed places in the curriculum where meaningful interdisciplinary collaborations could occur.
  • Supporting small groups of teachers in-person as they collaborated on interdisciplinary lessons.
  • Overseeing the uploading of these lessons to the UCLA Curtis Center’s online portal where teachers received feedback from mathematics education specialists and research mathematicians.
  • Supporting the implementation of these lessons in GUSD classrooms

Results

Over 60 interdisciplinary lessons were collaboratively created and reviewed by mathematicians, teachers, and scientists. One participant remarked that collaborating with mathematicians and scientists online was “the highlight of my entire professional career.”