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Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Science & Engineering Practices Part One: Problem-Solving Elements

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Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Science & Engineering Practices Part Two: Problem-Solving Elements

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Make a Difference Now - Why Early STEM Education is Essential

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Putting it All Together

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Building Fluency Across the Grades

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Cutting through the Common Core Clutter: How Do I Find REAL Resources?

Increasingly, educators are being inundated with information on Common Core State Standards and news on products that claim to be what you need. This information overload can cause even more confusion at a time when you need to be focused on driving change.

Ensure current – and new – tools and resources align with CCSS Math AND work in the classroom!

Cutting through the Common CoreClutter: How Do I Find REAL Resources?, will provide valuable information on how math teachers can easily evaluate products for themselves—soon, you too will be able to conduct your own 'sniff test' when researching what resources to use, allowing you to avoid wasting valuable time researching what works and what doesn't.

Meet the Experts

Kevin Dykema

Teacher, Mattawan (MI) Middle School

Kevin Dykema is an energetic teacherand presenter who has a passion for mathematics.He has taught 8th grade math for the past 17 years and is currently teaching at Mattawan(MI) Middle School. He has a masters degree in math education from Western Michigan University, where he has also taughtseveralundergraduate math courses for preservice elementary teachers. He also conducts many professional development sessions throughout the United States on the use of manipulatives in the math classroom. Kevin believes that manipulatives are a great way for students to develop conceptual understanding of the math. He was awarded the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Director's Award in 2007 for outstanding contribution and leadership in mathematics education and has served as a regional director for the organization. He is also currently the annual conference chair for the organization.

Mark Schmit

Math expert and former classroom teacher, ETA hand2mind

Mark holds a Bachelors' degree in Mathematics, and a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Motivating the non-motivated learner through Authentic Assessment and Learning. He has been a classroom teacher for 14 years instructing students on Mathematics in grades 5-12. He has served as a Team Leader, Mathematics Chairperson, and a mentor teacher.

Mark draws on a variety of experiences in his professional career. After leaving the classroom, Mark worked with State Departments of Education to develop and implement their high-stakes assessments. His team developed new items, lead item review committees, as well as conducting data reviews.

In his current position, Product Development Manager at ETA hand2mind, Mark has developed products for both teachers and students. These products have been focused on both teacher and student development. Mark also provides teacher training on effective hands-on instruction.

Dr. Jennifer House

President and Principal, Red Rock Reports

Jenny provides clients with a strategic vision from both business and education perspectives. Her work is informed by years of experience in district administration as well as industry management. At RedRock Reports she focuses on the impact of funding knowledge on sales, advising clients about funding trends and execution strategies via webinars and in-person presentations. Prior experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.

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5 Steps to Prepare for the CCSS Mathematical Practices

Actionable ideas for overcoming the challenges that you and your staff may be facing with implementing the Common Core State Standards.

This webinar explores:
  • The value associated with different approaches to professional development
  • Concrete strategies and tools that you can use to ensure effective implementation
  • Free online resources you can turn to for support and funding opportunities

Meet the Experts

Dr. Diana Dumetz Carry

National Executive Director for School Improvement, ETA hand2mind

Dr. Carry completed her doctoral work in the field of Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University in Chicago – Analysis of a Constructivist School Writing Instruction Program: Implications for Educational Practice and Policy. For the next five years she worked in Title I schools in Chicago, Mesa, and Detroit side-by-side with teachers in their classrooms. These classroom-lab case studies resulted in new vocabulary strategies, hands-on, collaborative writing innovations and achievement successes for students at-risk, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Writing Destinations™–Developing Thoughtful Writers through Dynamic Vocabulary was published in 2008.

Diana draws on a wide array of professional experiences that come from her positions as Chief Academic Officer (Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia); President of American Educational Services (National School Improvement Firm); Director of Curriculum and Executive Director of Teacher Recertification Programs (Chicago Public Schools); Principal and Program Administrator (Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas); and classroom teacher in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Antonio, and South Bend where she was twice honored as Teacher of the Year.

In her current position as a National Executive Consultant for School Improvement with ETA hand2mind, she collaborates with district superintendents, school-based leadership and teachers on the strategic implementation of core curricula with hands-on resources and professional development.

Mark Schmit

Math expert and former classroom teacher, ETA hand2mind

Mark holds a Bachelors' degree in Mathematics, and a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Motivating the non-motivated learner through Authentic Assessment and Learning. He has been a classroom teacher for 14 years instructing students on Mathematics in grades 5-12. He has served as a Team Leader, Mathematics Chairperson, and a mentor teacher.

Mark draws on a variety of experiences in his professional career. After leaving the classroom, Mark worked with State Departments of Education to develop and implement their high-stakes assessments. His team developed new items, lead item review committees, as well as conducting data reviews.

In his current position, Product Development Manager at ETA hand2mind, Mark has developed products for both teachers and students. These products have been focused on both teacher and student development. Mark also provides teacher training on effective hands-on instruction.

Dr. Jennifer House

President and Principal, Red Rock Reports

Jenny provides clients with a strategic vision from both business and education perspectives. Her work is informed by years of experience in district administration as well as industry management. At RedRock Reports she focuses on the impact of funding knowledge on sales, advising clients about funding trends and execution strategies via webinars and in-person presentations. Prior experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.


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Problem Solving and Operations: Multiplication and Division

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics describe eighteen different varieties of math problems which can be solved by multiplication and/or division.  In a typical textbook, only a handful of these problem varieties are addressed.  In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will talk about the developmental progression of these problem types and show how they illuminate the relationship between multiplication and division.  In addition, students who understand these problem types will be better problem solvers as they can make deeper connections between the situation and the mathematics.

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Transitioning from Addition to Multiplication

Students who understand the meaning of operations and the range of problem situations they address are well positioned to be excellent mathematicians.   In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will talk about the developmental progression from addition to multiplication.  How do we build on what students understand about addition to establish a foundation for multiplication?  How do we help students move beyond “multiplication is a shortcut for addition” to a rich understanding of all the meanings of multiplication?

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Problem Solving and Operations: Addition and Subtraction

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics describe fifteen different types of math problems which can be solved by addition and/or subtraction.  In a typical textbook, only a handful of these problem types are addressed.  In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will talk about the developmental progression of these problem types and show how they illuminate the relationship between addition and subtraction.  In addition, students who understand these problem types will be better problem solvers as they can make deeper connections between the situation and the mathematics.

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Understanding Multiplication and Division

Knowing mathematics means understanding what the operations mean, not just memorizing facts.  In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will talk about building conceptual understanding of multiplication and division.   This live event will explore how you can help your students extend their knowledge of addition and subtraction and learn about the operations in ways which will continue to make sense as they move to fractions, algebra, and other advanced mathematics.

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Using STEM Projects to Apply Mathematical Learning Gr. 3-5

One definition of rigor is a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application.  In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will look at strategies for incorporating application in the mathematics classroom. Join Sara to review a STEM project and find the applications of mathematics.

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Building Number Sense through STEM K-2

How can we integrate mathematics with science, technology, and engineering for young children?  In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will share how science and engineering provide excellent contexts to build number sense in measurement and working with data in the primary grades.  Join Sara to explore the potential design challenges and strategies to expand family engagement in math learning by adding science, technology, and engineering to your K-12 curriculum.

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Helping Children Make Sense of Numbers

What are key ideas in number sense and operations (adding and subtracting) that primary students need to understand?  How can real-world contexts help them understand these ideas? Join us to talk about the math, place the math in context, and share strategies for parent/family engagement around supporting mathematics instruction.

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Why Fractions? Why now?

Conceptual understanding of Fractions is one predictor of overall student achievement, so it’s no surprise fractions instruction is a focus area of the new standards. This instructional shift is forcing educators to seek out resources specifically built to address this change.


Learning by doing: The common denominator for success with fractions

Conceptual understanding of Fractions is one predictor of overall student achievement, so it’s no surprise fractions instruction is a focus area of the new standards. This instructional shift is forcing educators to seek out resources specifically built to address this change. Improving understanding of fractions and how to teach them is essential to teacher and student success.

Hear how several districts are addressing this shift in elementary math. You’ll learn:

  • What standards-based fractions instruction looks like
  • How instruction in Fractions has changed
  • Strategies educators are using to address these changes

Webinar Panel of Educators

Jeanne Chmelik

Instructional Math Coach
Glen Ellyn School District #41, IL

Paul Louis

Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction
Kildeer Countryside Community
Consolidated School District 96, IL

Sue Vohrer

Coordinator of Elementary Integrated Mathematics
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD

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School is Starting -What Do I Do About the Summer Slide?

It’s a fact: without skills practice over the summer break, students can lose 30% of the knowledge they gained during the previous school year.  In our community’s next webinar, Kevin Dykema will explore strategies that can help you overcome summer slide. Learn how you can get started with the school year and build in review time along the way. We will cover:   

  • How to incorporate review time into the beginning of (and throughout) the school year

  • Activity-based review using manipulatives

  • Ways to get parents involved in skills practice at home

  • Ideas for connecting literature to math activities

 

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Inspiring Parents to Jump on Board the CCSS Math Train

Getting parents involved can be a challenge, especially when it comes to math.  In our community’s next webinar, Bon Crowder will look at what it really means to have parents involved in math learning. And you'll get a toolkit full of various ways to get parents excited and engaged!
We will cover:  
1. Interpreting Common Core State Standards into "parent language."
2. Creating CCSS targeted family engagement activities.
3. Giving parents tools to engage in positive math talk.
4. Communicating with parents using various media.

With the toolkit and resource packet, you'll be able to get full family engagement - regardless of your parents' education level, time availability, or communication method.   For this special summer webinar, Bon will also touch on the "summer slide" and how parents can support their children in math during recreation, vacation and playtime.

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Creating & Implementing CCSS-Based Family Math Nights

Family Math Nights are a great way to get your parents involved and expand math education into the home. Maybe you’re looking for ways to improve your current Family Math Night programs, or are interested in hosting your very first event. Join us on this webinar to find tips to gain ultimate parental attendance that will continue to grow with each event.  We will also discuss:

Why you should host a Family Math Night
How to write a plan that incorporates all levels and types of learners
How to involve families with language barriers
Who you can get assistance from willingly 
What resources to use to that you can EASILY create & reuse activities yearly for these events
…and much more

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Webinar: Extending Fraction Understanding Part 2: Decimal Operations

Join Sara Delano Moore, Ph. D., Director of Mathematics and Science at ETA hand2mind, for an interactive examination of operations with decimals. As with fractions, Sara will explore the instructional strategies used to connect operations with decimals to operations with whole numbers. She will focus on developing number sense and ways to help students understand operations as they work with decimals. Join Sara to learn more about the teaching decimal operations.

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Extending Fraction Understanding Part 3: Ratio & Proportion

Intermediate grades focus on building a solid understanding of fractions. In middle grades, this foundation is extended into an understanding of ratio and proportional reasoning. In our community's next webinar, Sara Delano Moore, Ph. D., Director of Mathematics and Science at ETA hand2mind, will focus on the idea of unit rate and how it extends to understanding of slope and linear functions. Having focused on continuous models (area & number line) in the study of fractions, this interactive session will also consider the discrete (set) model as a tool for representing ratios.  Join Sara on April 23rd to learn more about teaching ratio and proportions.

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Fraction Understanding Part 4: Fractions in Primary Grades

Join Sara Delano Moore, Ph. D., Director of Mathematics and Science at ETA hand2mind, for our community’s next webinar, which will be devoted to fractions in the primary grades.  While the formal study of fractions begins in grade 3 under CCSS, foundations are laid in the primary grades. The idea of sharing fairly is an important one for early fraction study. Geometry standards in grades 1 and 2 focus on partitioning shapes into equal shares. Work with measurement (particularly measuring length) also provides context for fractions. In addition to these two settings, we will explore connections from fractions to money and time during our interactive session.  Join Sara to learn more about teaching fractions in the primary grades.

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