LSU Math 2020 (plus an “Intro to Engineering” course training elective)

2019 LSU-Shreveport Summer Training Institute: 5/28 - 6/13 and 6/17 - 7/03

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Summer 2019 Program at LSUS: Math 2020 is designed to equip aspiring math teachers with the knowledge and experience they need to succeed in obtaining certification and to provide an opportunity for experienced math teachers to grow as content-leaders. It will be conducted in two sessions:

Session I (Tues. May 28 - Thur. June 13)

Consists of 12 instructional days in 3 weeks:

  • Tuesday 5/28 - Friday 5/31
  • Monday 6/3 - Thursday 6/6
  • Monday 6/10 - Thursday 6/13

Session II (Mon. June 17 - Wed. July 3)

Consists of 12 instructional days in 3 weeks:

  • Monday 6/17 - Friday 6/21,
  • Monday 6/24 - Thursday 6/27,
  • Monday 7/1 - Wednesday 7/3

The following instructional modules are available in the sessions indicated.

Math 2020 -- Module 1 (Algebra)

Session I: 8:00 AM -1:00 PM; no prerequisites

Math 2020 -- Module 3 (Statistics)

Session II: 8:00 AM - noon; no prerequisites

Math 2020 -- Module 2 (Geometry)

Session I: 1:30 PM -4:30 PM; no prerequisites

Math 2020 -- Module 4 (Calculus)

Session II: 1:00 PM -4:30 PM; no prerequisites

LSU STEM Pathways:

Introduction to Engineering

Session I: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM; no prerequisites

Special notes on the Introduction to Engineering. (1) Monday 6/3 - Thursday 6/6 will be held at LSU in Baton Rouge. The program will cover the costs for a motel room (double occupancy). (2) Teachers who also take Math 2020, Module 2 (Geometry) will be accommodated in Baton Rouge during this period. (3) This module will only run if at least 8 participants enroll.

Each module concentrates on a coherent group of topics, with emphasis on the guiding mathematical concepts and the relevance to the Louisiana Math Standards. Special attention is given to studying and understanding the kinds of questions that appear on the Praxis tests: Algebra (5162) and Secondary Mathematics Content (5161).

Module 1: Algebra. Topics on expressions and equations; solving equations; linear, quadratic, exponential and other functions. Session I, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Module 2: Geometry. Topics in transformations, congruence, and similarity. Session I, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Module 3: Statistics. Topics in discrete probability and univariate and bivariate statistics. Session II, 8:00 AM - noon

Module 4: Calculus. Rates of change & derivatives, accumulation and integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Session II, 1:00-4:30 PM

Classes will meet on the LSU Shreveport campus, under the direction of Dr. James Madden and Dr. Frank Neubrander, with assistance from the LSU-S Department of Mathematics faculty. Any two modules may be taken for 3 hours of graduate credit in LSU Math 6303. All four modules may be taken for 6 hours of graduate credit in LSU Math 6303.[1]

In Session I, we will also offer a 12-day training for the LSU Stem Certification Pathway course “Introduction to Engineering,” provided we have a minimum enrollment of eight teachers. The training will be under the direction of Dr. Frank Neubrander and Dr. Craig Harvey with assistance of Ms. Vanessa Begat and other faculty members from the LSU College of Engineering. This training can also be taken for 3 hours of graduate credit in IE 4785 Special Topics: LSU Pre-Engineering Pathway. Participants will be required to spend 4 days in Baton Rouge (tentatively June 3, 4, 5, 6) to participate in our main Intro to Engineering Summer Institute. The program will cover the costs for a motel room in Baton Rouge (double occupancy).

The registration fee for a session is $1,920 per teacher. It is expected that some (most) teachers participate in both sessions ($3,840 for both sessions). Should a participant want to receive graduate credit, he or she must enroll in the LSU Graduate School; see footnote 1 below. Additional LSU fees apply. Please contact Dr. James Madden at if you are interested. A teacher can earn 3 hours of graduate credit for either Session I or Session II ($434 in fees to be paid; $1,007 tuition will be covered through the registration fee). A teacher can earn 6 hours of credit when taking Sessions I and II ($1,086.20 in fees to be paid; $2201.80 tuition will be covered through the registration fee). Stipends for teachers will be determined and paid for by the school districts.

High school students taking the LSU STEM Pathway course, Introduction to Engineering, during the school year with a trained teacher are eligible to earn LSU STEM Pathway Certificates, and the school district will receive $476 per student per course from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education JumpStart funds. To register, please fill click the register button below.

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  1. Participants who want to earn graduate credit should apply to the LSU graduate school. There are two options:

    1. To apply to the LSU graduate school as a non-degree-seeking student:

      There is an application fee of $50. Participants should complete their application as soon as possible, and in any case before the end of April. A GPA of at least 2.5 is required for admission. I can submit a petition for participants who do not meet this. We have a reasonable chance of succeeding in getting them in, based on a letter from me. Note that up to 12 hours of credit earned as a non-degree-seeking student can be applied later to a degree program, if one applies to and is accepted in one.

    2. Participants who wish to start work toward a masters' degree or a graduate certificate this summer must apply by April 15. They should contact James Madden immediately by email ( or phone (225-978-3525) for advice.