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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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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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