Read about our PD offerings below, or click the calendar icon to jump to Calendar view.

Any of the offerings below may also be scheduled by request if there is enough interest and sufficient enrollment. Please contact donnac@gwi.net or sherry_soares@terc.edu for more details.


Online/Blended

Analyzing Student Work to Inform Math Instruction

Analyzing Student Work to Inform Math Instruction is a blended online and face-to-face course for adult education instructors at all levels (novice, intermediate, and advanced) who are looking to improve their ability to analyze and make use of student work in mathematics. In this course, we will look at both student videos and student written work, with a stronger emphasis on the latter. Participants are encouraged to collect and bring examples of student work from their own classes to the face-to-face session. Total completion time is approximately 8 hours.

  • Check back for future dates!

Instructional Shifts for the CCRSAE for Mathematics

This two-part webinar series introduces the three instructional shifts—focus, coherence, and rigor—described in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for Math (CCRSAE). Facilitators will use concrete math examples to explain and illustrate each shift. You will have frequent opportunities to interact through polls and to contribute to the discussion using the chat feature. 

  • Fall I section: September 6 & 13, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE!
  • Fall II section: November 8 & 15, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE!

CCRSAE Standards for Mathematical Practice

During this series, you will consider ways to engage students in each of the mathematical practices. The challenge of working through problems in the assignments will encourage you to consider the perspectives of both the learner and the teacher, forming the basis for a rich group discussion on strategy and practices. Discussion will take place during the webinar meetings using the live chat box and polls.

This series runs over several weeks and is composed of two Internet-based assignments (to be completed independently in Weeks 1 and 3) and two live webinars. You must commit to all four parts. The total completion time for both the independent work and the webinars will be 6–7 hours.

  • Runs October 10 - 30. Webinars on October 16 & 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE!

Exploring Exponents

This online course focuses on exponents and their properties using real-life situations. Participants will deepen their conceptual understanding of exponents by exploring the connections among in/out tables, graphs, equations and verbal expressions. Each lesson begins with a question to pique interest in the topic. Through exploration, participants will investigate the effect exponents can have on situations.


Mathematizing ESOL series

These self-paced, moderated online courses are designed for ESOL teachers who wish to strengthen their own math knowledge and learn strategies for integrating math and numeracy into their practice. Throughout the courses, teachers will reflect on their own practice in relation to course content and participate in discussions with colleagues. Lessons throughout the course are designed to help participants build the components of a culminating project for their class that integrates math skills and builds on language acquisition. Courses run over 6 weeks.

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations

Participants will engage in math activities aimed at deepening their own conceptual understanding of math notation and operations with whole numbers, and develop lesson ideas that accommodate students with various math and language levels.

Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Percentages and Decimals     

The second course in this series is designed to give ESOL teachers the math knowledge they need to integrate benchmark fractions, percentages, and decimals into their language classrooms. Teachers will engage in math activities, reflect on their own knowledge and assumptions about math, and learn strategies for integrating benchmark numbers in ESOL lessons while continuing to focus on language acquisition and effective communication.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning

Course currently being piloted in Spring 2017; check back for future dates!


Questioning Techniques in the Math Classroom  

This four-session, self-paced, moderated online course examines the following interconnected topics:

  • Creating a culture of classroom discourse
  • Asking effective math questions to probe and further student thinking
  • Providing wait/think time
  • Making the most of student mistakes

Through exposure to research, discussion with other participants, and self-observation and reflection, you will explore and implement strategies to prioritize student reasoning and communication in the math classroom. No prior math background is required, but you must have access to a math classroom in which you can try out and practice new techniques. You will be asked to record a small portion of a lesson in your classroom to reflect on your own practice.

  • Check back for future dates!

Research-Based Adult Numeracy Study Circle

This course is designed to engage adult education professionals in reading and reflecting on research on adult numeracy. This research forms a solid basis from which to support effective math teaching and learning. The course is composed of two self-paced online modules and one face-to-face meeting.

By the end of the Study Circle, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss research on numeracy, math teaching and learning
  2. Make personal connections to the research and their individual practice
  3. Describe implications from research for instruction and student learning
  4. Consider implications from research for instruction and professional development

 

Face to Face

Aligning Math Curriculum with the CCRSAE Open House  

This event is an ongoing opportunity to support you in developing instructional units as part of an overall ABE math curriculum. We will encourage you to use Wiggins & McTighe's Understanding by Design (UbD) model to develop contextualized instructional units based on the CCRSAE. You are encouraged to attend with colleagues from your program (including teachers and directors) as part of a team.

To inquire about hosting an OPEN HOUSE at your site, contact Donna Curry.

Building a Solid Foundation   

Building a Solid Foundation (BSF) focuses on developing conceptual understanding of math topics. The CCRSAE for Mathematics and its supporting elements (the Standards for Mathematical Practice and key instructional shifts) will be used as a foundation from which to explore what should be taught and when and how it should be taught. These elements will be illustrated through activities that will build your content and pedagogical knowledge. The CCRSAE Standards will be explicitly addressed as appropriate, as will research on effective mathematical teaching.

Topics to be covered:

  • Number and operations: base 10 and fractions
  • Ratio and proportional reasoning
  • Operations and algebraic thinking
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and data

BSF is the first in a series of sequential offerings focusing on math content and pedagogy. It is a prerequisite for those who wish to take the second course in the series (Math Concepts).

  • Check back for future dates!

EMPower Plus in the Classroom

This one-day workshop introduces the EMPower Plus materials, which provide activities and practice materials specifically designed to help adult learners deepen their conceptual understanding of math concepts in real-life contexts. The workshop includes an overview of the methodology and content of the EMPower Plus materials, tips for using them in the classroom, sample activities to try out, and guidance for developing unit plans using EMPower Plus.

  • Fall section: October 11 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. (Fall River). REGISTER HERE!

Math Concepts  

This four-session course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation (BSF) course and is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the key instructional shifts. As with BSF, the emphasis will be on helping you develop your own conceptual understanding of core math topics while modeling instructional strategies for the classroom. Research on teaching and learning math will be integrated throughout the course. You will be expected to try out new ideas between each full-day session.

Topics to be covered:

  • Number and operations: base 10 and fractions
  • Linear functions
  • Geometry
  • Introduction to statistics

PLEASE NOTE only those who have already completed Building a Solid Foundation or who pass a placement test may register for Math Concepts.

 

Check back for future dates in 2017!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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