Antonia Cameron served as Co-Director with Cathy Fosnot of Mathematics in the City (MitC), a national center for professional development at City College of City University New York. As co-principal investigator of a NSF-funded project, she co-authored fifteen facilitator guides for the Math in the City professional development series including CD-ROMS demonstrating the extraordinary teaching and learning she and her colleagues cultivated in the teachers they coached. In addition, she wrote two units (Games and Muffles’ Truffles) in the curriculum, Contexts for Learning published by Heinemann.
Ms. Cameron’s groundbreaking, rigorous and highly effective professional development model for coaches in NYC evolved from her work as Director of the math component of the New York City Department of Education’s Collaborative Communities of Practice project (2004-2006) and her creation of a collaborative coaching community (2003-2006) with Carol Teig, the Director of Mathematics in the former Region 8, Brooklyn, New York. In both projects, Ms. Cameron developed lab-site schools where hosting teachers and coaches shared their practice by opening their classrooms to participating coaches, teachers and administrators from other schools. This model of professional development is based on a lesson-study scenario where the process of planning, co-teaching and debriefing a lesson is used to examine and deepen both content and pedagogical content knowledge. Antonia’s highly effective twist to the lesson study work focuses on “coaching the coach” and conversations center on highlighting effective coaching moves that support teacher development.
Ms. Cameron is in demand as “coach of coaches” by educational coaches in districts across the USA and Canada. She has presented nationally and internationally at such conferences as NCSM, NCTM, AMTE, NSDC and ICME.
The video clip above is an excerpt from the Leaders In Educational Thought. Lucy West.
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