Southwest Chicago Math Teacher Meeting at USF Feb. 26

Feb. 21, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Math teachers from across the southwest Chicagoland area are encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting of Southwest Chicago Math Teachers’ Circle (SCMTC) on Monday, Feb. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. This professional development community is open to K-12 teachers as well as college math professors. The meetings qualify for professional development hours and dinner is provided.

The meetings are designed to model an inquiry-based learning approach and are participant-centered. Teachers who attend the SCMTC will benefit by gaining:

  • a renewed enthusiasm for the challenges and creativity of mathematics,
  • more development and/or refinement of their own problem solving skills,
  • a chance to observe (as a participant) a possible model for student-centered pedagogy,
  • materials, lesson plans, information on connections to the common core state standards, and other resources available through the SCMTC website, and
  • a network of teachers who can collaborate together to determine how to address pedagogical issues.

“Math Teachers’ Circle meetings are one of the highlights of my month,” says Dr. Angela Antonou, assistant mathematics professor at USF. “It is a chance for teachers to reconnect with mathematics and with each other. I enjoy seeing all the different ways to approach a problem and the great ideas other teachers have on how to connect the problems to their students.”

Hosting this meeting, and others like it, is a hallmark for the continuity of education provided to students, alumni and the community by the University of St. Francis. The university hosts a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers which can be found online here.

“We are already known for our award-winning educational programs but we will continue to support learning and development for teachers and administrators long after they graduate,” says Eric Wignall, vice president for admission, enrollment services and marketing.

“The Math Teacher’s Circle is an outside professional group coming to campus to hold their event, but this is just one in a series of events this year,” Wignall said. “USF is also hosting READ for Educators, a professional development workshop for reading and early writing teachers on March 3rd. Our College of Education is reaching out to schools, teachers groups, and professional societies to offer professional development workshops and institutes across a variety of disciplines.”

Participants who are interested in attending the Feb. 26 meeting are encouraged to RSVP at

For questions, please contact Dr. Angela Antonou at

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe.

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