Focusing On the Right Things: Grade Level Critical Areas of Focus and Clusters

The College and Career Readiness Standards require a crucial shift within mathematics instruction as determined by the Critical Areas of Focus and Content Emphases by Cluster for each grade level. During this session, participants will examine the critical areas and major clusters across grade levels to discover both the connection and progression of related standards. Additionally, participants will examine progress-monitoring resources to assist with tracking of student progression toward mastery within the Critical Areas of Focus and Content Emphases by Cluster.

Fluency is More than Facts: What’s the Plan?

Developing fluency is one of the requirements of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics. To prepare students to have both accuracy and speed, a flexible understanding of mathematics must be developed within students instead of defaulting to “skill and drill” procedures. This session will review several strategies that can be used to assist teachers with the incorporation of conceptual understanding tasks and flexible thinking strategies within the classroom to build a solid mathematical foundation within the student.

K-2: Building Conceptual Understanding, not Frustration, Through Strategies

Many K-2 teachers are dealing with the frustration of teaching multiple strategies for math skills. This session is designed for K-2 teachers to assist them in the development of effective strategies to address conceptual understanding of the math standards. K-2 teachers have the responsibility of developing conceptual understanding in their students. Through this session, they will learn strategies for building understanding through the use of several math strategies, without frustrating students.

Solid Foundations: Building Conceptual Understanding to Prepare Students for Future Grades (Grades 3-12)

This hands-on session will help teachers and administrators deepen their understanding of the progression of the College and Career Readiness Standards across grade levels. Teachers will have the opportunity to “dive into” the standards to better understand the depth of the skills and concepts expected for specific grade levels. Participants will connect grade specific standards and understand research-based strategies that ensure an appropriate succession of skills across grade levels. Participants will leave this session with the tools needed to create instructional goals to ensure the standards are addressed appropriately in each grade.

High Quality Enrichment: Going Further with Advanced Students in Mathematics

How do we teach advanced students after they have mastered the skills required for the grade level College and Career Readiness Standards? Students will be required to think deeper and complete performance tasks while thinking more strategically. This session will address the need for teachers to develop deep conceptual understanding with advanced students rather than taking them to skills associated with future grades. Participants will develop strategies for more in-depth practice of the grade level standards.

Closing Student Gaps in Math: How to Close Skill Gaps while Teaching Grade Level Standards

As the College and Career Readiness Standards are being implemented, teachers may find that students enter a grade level lacking the prerequisite skills and conceptual knowledge required. Such learning gaps limit the teacher’s ability to engage with the content at the level of depth required by the standards. As a result, teachers are presented with the task of teaching grade level content while remediating students who have conceptual and skill based gaps. During this session, teachers will explore how to identify and analyze student learning gaps. They will also learn how to move forward with grade level content while simultaneously remediating students. As part of this session, teachers will develop a plan of action to utilize in their classrooms.

How to Engage Students in Math Discourse: Incorporating Student Discussions, Writing, and Language in Math Instruction

Educators know that development of the conceptual understanding of math skills requires students to use interactive strategies and move away from the typical “skill & drill” practices that have been used in the past. Participants in this session will learn strategies to implement writing and language in math instruction. They will learn to adapt the strategies in order to personalize them for the math classroom. Teachers will also study strategies to manage and embrace math discussions to build deep conceptual understanding of the math standards.

Using Manipulatives to Grow All Students

This interactive session will focus on effectively teaching math concepts through the use of manipulatives. The College Career Readiness Standards require a deeper understanding of specific skills and concepts. This session will focus on the use of physical, as well as virtual manipulatives to ensure student understanding.

Standards for Mathematical Practice: How to I Teach Them?

Past standards have focused on teaching our students rules, formulas, and algorithms for solving math problems without ensuring that they have developed a deep conceptual understanding. In this session, teachers will learn to increase the rigor in their instruction by emphasizing specific mathematical practices in each lesson. As they begin to incorporate strategic higher-order questioning techniques, they will see their students begin to demonstrate a true understanding of the concepts being taught.

Lesson Planning: What Does It Look Like? Planning Lessons that Meet the Expectations of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics

As teachers are planning for instruction in the classroom, one question is often asked, “What does this look like in the classroom?” During this session, participants will investigate classrooms that are utilizing the Mathematical Practices to implement rigorous instruction. Teachers will also learn how to use resources that can support them as they plan lessons aligned to the Mathematical Practices. As part of this session, teachers will plan, prepare, and deliver a quality lesson that exhibits strategies needed for student success in the everyday classroom.

The Textbooks is Not Enough! What Else Can I Use?

This session will guide teachers in utilizing available resources to effectively teach math concepts and skills. Teachers will research multiple on-line and print resources to determine what can be used in their classrooms. They will also develop plans to use these resources to supplement the textbook. Teachers will learn how to use the resources to develop high quality units and lessons for instruction.

Leveraging Your Textbook: Utilizing Your Textbook for Effective Long-term, Unit, and Daily Level Planning

The mathematics textbook can play an effective role in supporting instruction. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to identify ways to utilize the textbook to support planning for course instruction while accessing supplemental resources to compliment the text. Participants will evaluate the rigor of the textbook through the lens of the College and Career Readiness Math Standards. They will also identify key problem sets and tasks that will best support them in reaching the goal of the standards.

Effective Assessment: Developing Test Items, Performance Tasks, and Scoring Rubrics Aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics

This interactive session is designed to support teachers in the development of assessments that will measure the progress of their students within the breadth and depth of the College and Career Readiness Standards. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to explore various resources that can be used to support them in assessment development. They will also learn how to adapt pre-existing assessment resources, such that they meet the level of rigor of the math standards. During this work session, teachers will also explore strategies to analyze and track the data generated from the high rigor assessments.

Integrating Math and Science in the 21st Century Classroom

Research has shown that students learn better by doing. This hands-on session will introduce teachers to activities for the integration of math and science. Participants will research best practices for connecting math and science in the 3-8 classroom. Science and Math teachers will collaborate to align concepts and develop units and daily lessons which connect the subjects.

 ACT Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers

It is widely recognized that no factor under school control impacts student performance on the ACT more than an effective teacher in the classroom. Bailey Education Group facilitator will work with designated teachers to understand research-based strategies to utilize in the classroom. Throughout this hands-on session, teachers engage in the research based strategies which will directly impact student performance on the ACT. Additionally, teachers will receive a tool-kit for strategies that can be utilized in the classroom.