In The Middle 2.4

A Message for Division I Middle School Math CICs

Summer Learning Opportunities - Middle School Math

Summer is quickly approaching. While swimming, grilling and vacationing are certainly high on the list, don't forget to squeeze in a little time to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge. Below is a list, although not exhaustive, of some summer learning opportunities. They are categorized by location of the training, local (in the DFW area), state and national. The intent is that both CICs and teachers will find this compilation useful in their quest to develop within their profession. Feel free to pass it along! Thanks and be well.

LOCAL (DFW AREA)

Region X Offerings - Math

6/24 F.A.S.T. = Formative Assessment Strategies and Techniques register

6/25 Student Talk = Math Success register

6/30 Inclusion in the highly engaged classroom register

7/2 Math in the 21st century for ELLs register

7/8 Energizing Engagement register

7/20 Building Strong Vocabulary register

7/27 Personal Financial Literacy register

7/27 - 7/28 CHAMPS register

7/28 Algebra I TEKS In Action register

7/29 Geometry In Action register

Texas Instruments at DISD

Exploring TEKS Topics in Middle Grades Mathematics with TI-Nspire™ Technology


June 16th – 18th, 2015 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)


Designed for middle grades educators who need support transitioning to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), this workshop focuses on key content standards in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, with a focus on algebra in eighth grade. By exploring interactive, TEKS-aligned activities, you will learn essential technology skills for the TI-Nspire™ handheld and TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be comfortable using the TI-Nspire™ CX handheld and Teacher Software to deepen student understanding of important TEKS topics in pre-algebra and algebra for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.


Cost

$350 (includes TI-Nspire™ CX or TI-Nspire™ CX CAS and

TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software)

$300 (without TI technology)

Group discounts available


Location

H B Bell Support Building, 2909 N Buckner Blvd. Dallas, TX 75228


Contact

Dallas ISD STEM Mathematics Department

crwoods@dallasisd.org

(214) 334-8412

Implementing TEKS Mathematical Process Standards with TI-Nspire Technology


June 16th – 18th, 2015 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Designed to equip middle grades and high school educators with strategies to excite and engage students, this workshop introduces dynamic, interactive lessons using Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Mathematical Process Standards. You’ll model rich tasks through in-depth discussions, with an emphasis on task analysis, questioning strategies and essential TI-Nspire™ technology skills to enhance student learning. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to implement TEKS Mathematical Process Standards in your classrooms using TI-Nspire™ technology.


Cost

$350 (includes TI-Nspire™ CX or TI-Nspire™ CX CAS and

TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software)

$300 (without TI technology)

Group discounts available


Location

H B Bell Support Building, 2909 N Buckner Blvd. Dallas, TX 75228


Contact

Dallas ISD STEM Mathematics Department

crwoods@dallasisd.org

(214) 334-8412

NMSI's LTF (Laying The Foundation) Summer Institute

When: June 9th - 12th

Where: Fort Worth, TX

For more info click here.


When: June 16th - 19th

Where: Carrollton, TX


Cost: $725

For more info click here.

STATE

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Navigating and Understanding the New Mathematics TEKS (6 -8)

This session is designed to foster a commitment to—and a sense of urgency about—engaging in an ongoing study of the mathematics standards throughout your school and your district so that mathematics instruction can be aligned with the standards.

In this session, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Mathematics to gain a robust understanding of the purpose, intent, and depth of the standards. You will practice using Dana Center tools to explore the horizontal (across concepts) and vertical (across grades or courses) alignment of the standards


You will receive a printed copy of the 2012 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics booklet and a Dana Center-designed TEKS Mathematics chart.


Sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and include continental breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for their hotel accommodations and other travel expenses to the sessions.


Where: UT Austin

When: June 11, 2015 (9a - 4p)

Cost: Fee: $299

Sign up early and save! Register by May 7 for a reduced fee of $250.

Group discount: 10% off for groups of 3 or more from the same district


Click here to go to the website.


If you have any questions, please contact the Dana Center by phone at (512) 471-6190 or via email at dana-events@austin.utexas.edu.

AP Annual Conference 2015

The AP Annual Conference is the largest professional development gathering of the Advanced Placement Program® (AP) and Pre-AP® communities, AP Coordinators, school counselors, and administrators from across the United States and throughout the world.


Where: Austin, TX: Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin Hotel

When: July 22 - 26

Pre-conference - July 23rd, Main conference - July 24th - 25th, Post-conference - July 26th

Cost: Early bird registration ends on May 22nd; Click here for more info

Preview: Click here to view the sessions at a glance

Region IV (Houston TX)

5 Big Ideas for Algebra I within the Revised Mathematics TEKS (2012)

Explore 5 big ideas in Algebra I that reflect significant changes with the Revised Mathematics TEKS (2012). Experience activities incorporating the mathematical process standards that are designed to engage students and facilitate learning of Algebra I TEKS.


Dates

6/16/2015: Click here for more info

7/8/2015: Click here for more info

8/4/2015: Click here for more info

Ready for Readiness, Grades 5-6 : Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimals

What are the knowledge and skills related to computational fluency that grades 6-7 teachers and students need to understand thoroughly and apply flexibly for mastery learning? Participate in activities incorporating research-based strategies to build and deepen knowledge of identified learning targets. Engage in discussions on how instructional strategies from the session could support various student groups in mastering computational fluency with rational numbers.

Important Session Information:

Date: 7/8/2015

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30PM

Location: Region 4 ESC - MCC 113A Sci Lab ; 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, 77092

Registration: Early Bird Registration Fee until 6/24/15: $85.00 ; After 6/24/15: $100.00

Registration ends at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Contact Person: Amy Kominczak

Instructor: Sana Brennan, Region 4 ESC

Ready for Readiness, Grades 6-7: Computational Fluency

What are the knowledge and skills related to computational fluency that grades 6-7 teachers and students need to understand thoroughly and apply flexibly for mastery learning? Participate in activities incorporating research-based strategies to build and deepen knowledge of identified learning targets. Engage in discussions on how instructional strategies from the session could support various student groups in mastering computational fluency with rational numbers.

Important Session Information:

Date: 7/8/2015
Time 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Region 4 ESC - MCC 113A Sci Lab; 7145 West Tidwell, Houston TX 77092

Registration : Early Bird Registration Fee until 6/24/15: $85.00; After 6/24/15: $100.00


Contact Person: Amy Kominczak

Instructor: Sana Brennan, Region 4 ESC

CAMT : Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching


SUMMARY

CAMT 2015: Rebranding Mathematics will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center from June 24-26, 2015. The conference will host over 700 sessions presented by national and state speakers.


WHEN

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Friday, June 26, 2015
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

WHERE
  • George R. Brown Convention Center
    1001 Avenida De Las Americas
    Houston, Texas 77010
    (817) 392-6338

REGISTRATION
  • ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

    Registration for CAMT 2015 must now be done at the conference. On-site registration will be held from 2:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Friday. The on-site registration fee is $250.


For more info, visit camtonline.org

Mathworks Summer Teacher Institute @ Texas State San Marcos

This intensive teacher training program is designed to:


  • Enable teachers to use the Mathworks school-year curriculum, Math Explorations
  • Train teachers to successfully begin teaching pre-algebra and algebraic concepts at the middle school level.
  • Develop teams of teachers who are prepared to guide students for success in algebra and more advanced math courses


This two-week training program is conducted each summer in San Marcos in early June (8th - 19th), coinciding with the Junior Summer Math Camp (JSMC) program. In the morning, teacher trainees will actively observe master teachers and students during the half-day Junior Summer Math Camp program. In the afternoon, teachers participate in a class covering pedagogy and teaching methods tied to the Mathworks curriculum. For more information, please contact them at 512-245-3439 or mathworks@txstate.edu.


The Mathworks summer teacher training program includes:

  • 30 hours – working with master teachers during the mornings at their half-day Junior Summer Math Camp
  • 30 hours – attending a class in the afternoons


Program cost $3,000. Includes tuition, supplies, and room and board for two weeks.


Possible funding support available through grant funding and district support.


Contact them for additional information. Or go to the website.


** I did contact them regarding grant opportunities. We are advised to apply and in the comments box explain more about yourself as a potential grant participant and what you feel you could get out of attending the program. Also mention that you would need a scholarship and also how much money your campus would be able to contribute towards your program cost. Travel is NOT included within the program cost.


If interested apply by clicking here.

NATIONAL

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NCTM - Algebra Readiness for Every Student (grades 6-8)

Chicago • July 20-22

Registration is open!

Learn Strategies that Align with the Common Core State Standards

Immerse yourself in two and a half days of professional development dedicated to algebra readiness, and walk away with practical methods to prepare your students for success.

This institutes offers a variety of activities and instructional techniques to give your students opportunities to develop strong algebraic reasoning skills.
You’ll also learn strategies that will help align with the Common Core State Standards while giving your students the tools they need to succeed.

  • Learn techniques to develop algebraic reasoning skills in your students
  • Discuss best practices aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • Explore how to prepare your students for college and career

Engaging Students in Learning: Mathematical Practices and Process Standards An NCTM Interactive Institute for Grades 3–8

Anaheim • July 27 - July 29

Registration is open!

Join us in Anaheim for a focused professional learning experience that will help you transform your classroom into an environment where students will learn how to examine, interpret, and think critically about math concepts.

  • Explore teaching, learning, and assessment related to the mathematical practices in the Common Core State Standards and the NCTM Process Standards.
  • Discuss best practices to support students' learning of mathematical content and processes
  • Learn practical strategies to prepare your students for success in college and beyond.