Mathematics Professional Learning

2015-2016

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Elementary Content Institute: Fractions

June 23 – 25, 2015

8:00-2:30

$70 in county/Out of county fee: $90

This series, intended for elementary general education and special education teachers, is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of the development of fractions across grades 1-5, with an emphasis on grades 3-5. Teachers will actively engage in mathematical tasks that highlight shifts in understanding as represented in the CCSS, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Attention will be given to instructional strategies that teachers can use as they incorporate tasks, such as those explored, in their classrooms.

Statistics Content Institute

Aug 18-20, 2015

8:00-2:30

$70 in county

Out of county fee: $90

This 3-day series is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of the development of statistics across grades 6-8. Teachers will actively engage in mathematical tasks that highlight shifts in understanding as represented in the CCSS, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Registration is coming soon!

During the School Year

Lab Classroom Collaborations

Middle School Mathematics Instructional Lab-classrooms

8:00-3:00

Dates TBD $100 in county

*This workshop will consist of 3 face-to-face meetings at Oakland Schools and 2 lab-classroom visits in buildings TBD*

Research shows that “student learning is greatest in classrooms where the tasks consistently encourage high-level student thinking and reasoning and least in classrooms where the tasks are routinely procedural in nature” (Principles to Actions, 2014). Resources like MAP assessments, YouCubed, SERP, and some instructional materials provide tasks to use in classrooms. But what does it take to implement these tasks productively? Participants in this series will examine instructional practices that support implementation of high demand tasks in a way that:


  • forwards mathematical goals,
  • promotes depth of knowledge,
  • increases engagement and access,
  • makes student thinking visible, and
  • informs the formative assessment process.



    In addition to the collaborative learning and planning in the face-to-face sessions, participants will engage in two lab classrooms where they will have an opportunity to examine and reflect upon student thinking in a live classroom setting.

    While not everyone will enact a lesson in the lab setting, it is important to note that by registering for this series you agreeing to open up your classroom as a learning space for other teachers.


    Substitute reimbursement covered up to $100 per teacher, per day.



Enhancing Mathematical Connections Part 2: Elementary Mathematics Instructional Lab-classrooms


(Priority will be given to educators that have participated in Enhancing Mathematical Connections: Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra, a series offered through OS during the 13-14 and 14-15 school years.)

Dates TBD $70 in county


*This workshop will consist of 1 face-to-face meeting at Oakland Schools and 2 lab-classroom visits in buildings TBD*

Transferring what we experience in professional learning settings to our own classrooms is sometimes challenging. In an attempt to bridge this potential divide, we will collaboratively study the implementation of mathematical tasks and routines in real classrooms—maybe even your classroom. The focus of study will be the tasks and routines we explored together throughout the Enhancing Mathematical Connections series. There will be one whole group session at Oakland Schools in which we plan and prepare for the lab settings. While not everyone will enact a lesson in the lab setting, it is important to note that by registering for this series you agreeing to open up your classroom as a learning space for other teachers.


Substitute reimbursement covered up to $100 per teacher, per day.

Vendors for the Effective Practices Conference

What vendors would you like to visit at the Effective Practices Conference in June?

Please submit your suggestions in the at the following Google Spreadsheet. The planning committee welcomes your thinking.

Mathematics Leadership Team

February 24th Mathematics Leadership Team Agenda

8:00-11:00

  • M-STEP Update including an exploration of classroom activities and performance tasks
  • LAC-O Goals and Objectives Update
  • Student Support Structures and Intensification Strategies
  • Mathematics Vocabulary - Missy Butki of Lake Orion will share professional learning that she has been leading in her district
  • Differentiated Learning for English Language Learners

March 31, 2015 Tentative agenda items

8:00 - 11:00

  • SAT
  • Professional Learning Opportunities for 2015-2016

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