Saint Martin’s offers new professional teaching course on fractions

June 3, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will be offering two sections of a mathematics professional development course focused on teaching fraction concepts, to include decimals and percents. It will focus not only on fraction concepts but on the specialized knowledge of mathematics needed for the work of teaching and fluency with fractions, geometry, and measurement from the Benchmarks for the Critical Foundations of Algebra in the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report. The course is designed for math teachers of Grades 3 – 6 responsible.

"We are excited about offering this professional development course for teachers," says Rebecca Campeau, associate professor of education at Saint Martin’s College of Education and Professional Psychology. "Our goal is to increase the mathematical knowledge and skills of teachers working with diverse groups of learners."

The course will be taught with a mix of campus instruction and via video conferencing. Participants will need to have access to a computer for the online portion of the course. Other requirements for course credit will include online assignments designed by the instructors. Three credits will be awarded the participant based upon course registration, class attendance, and the successful completion of all assignments. To register, please contact Professor Rebecca Campeau at

Interested teachers can sign up for one of two terms:

Course schedule
Group A term dates and times (Pacific Standard) are:
8:00 – Noon: June 28, July 6, July 12, July 14, July 20, July 22, and July 26
8:00 – 11:00: July 1
8:00 – 10:00: July 28 (Last day of class) Online sessions will be held June 30, July 8, July 13, July 15, July 21, and July 23

Group B term dates and times (Pacific Standard) are:
8:00 – Noon: June 29, July 7, July 13, July 15, July 19, July 21, and July 27
8:00 – 11:00: July 1
8:00 – 10:00: July 28 (Last day of class) Online sessions will be held June 30, July 9, July 14, July 16, July 20, and July 22

Teachers who are unable to enroll in the class at this time, but who would be willing to be a part of a control group to help in the creation of future mathematics professional development courses, can contact Professor Campeau at A total of one hour of time will be required for teachers volunteering for this control group.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University