“Because of this PD, I look at my practice differently and I’ll always have a clear goal in mind.”
“This experience changed the way I teach and what I see as strong lessons. I learned to question instead of tell.”

“Best organization of curricular workshop I’ve ever been to…EVER!”

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Mathematics Education Outreach

“In an excellent mathematics program, educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics.”
NCTM Principle’s to Action: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014)
The Mathematics Education Outreach team partners with school districts to build their internal capacity for high quality math instruction through professional learning.  We focus on increasing the mathematics content and instructional knowledge of teachers, administrators, parents, and community members so that they can better support PreK-12 students to develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.  We co-construct comprehensive professional learning plans to meet the needs and unique contexts of each district.
Based on recommendations from the literature that inform our work (Darling-Hammond et al., 2009), we believe that professional learning should:
  • Be intensive, ongoing and connected to practice;
  • Focus on student learning and address the teaching of specific content;
  • Align with school improvement priorities and goals;
  • Work to build strong working relationships among teachers, administrators, parents, students and community members.
We can support and provide professional learning experiences for school districts, including, but not limited to:
  • Ongoing professional development, specifically focused on learning mathematics;
  • Providing opportunities for individuals to reflect on practice;
  • Coaching support as teachers try out new instructional practices.
Examples of Current School District Offerings:
  • Deepening Mathematics Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Leadership Development in Mathematics Education
  • Consultation
  • Content-Focused Coaching
  • Demonstration Lessons (using a fishbowl structure)
  • NSF Funded Curriculum Training such as Investigations in Number, Data and Space; Connected Mathematics Project (CMP);