Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Registration opens for popular Elementary Mathematics Laboratory

TeachingWorks and the School of Education begin professional development registration this week for the popular Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML).

The unique lab experience allows educators, policymakers, and education advocates "to engage directly in the close study of teaching practice," according to the TeachingWorks website.

Participants observe as 30 students, who are entering the fifth grade in Ypsilanti Community Schools, work through math challenges with Deborah Loewenberg Ball, an experienced elementary school teacher and dean of the SOE.

Adults enrolled in professional development don't just watch Ball teach. They also analyze teaching, discuss methods and offer input to solve problems, as each day unfolds.

The EML is produced by TeachingWorks, a national organization at the SOE the mission of which is to raise the standard for classroom teaching practice by transforming how teachers are prepared and supported.

The 2013 EML will take place on the Ann Arbor campus July 29–Aug. 9. Registration begins today, and space is limited. For more on the program, go to