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Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on mathematics. These virtual broadcasts cover teaching and learning and include webinars on differentiated instruction and the common-core standards. All webinars are accessible for a limited time after the original live streaming date. Participation certificates are not provided, but viewers receive a post-event confirmation email.

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Developing Students’ Numerical Understanding and Skills With Marilyn Burns

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This webinar took place on November 15, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As the cornerstone of elementary mathematics instruction, arithmetic has always been part of the 3Rs. However, today we think of arithmetic more broadly than developing proficiency with paper-and-pencil computation. To make this shift, it helps to think of the third “R” as reasoning which calls for a balance of computation, problem solving, and number sense.

Hear Marilyn talk about lessons she's learned from her classroom teaching experiences. Marilyn will address building a teaching bridge between math and reading, learning from one-on-one math interviews, and implementing effective instructional strategies.

Marilyn Burns, founder of Math Solutions Professional Development, is a nationally-recognized author and thought leader on teaching mathematics.

Presenter:

Marilyn Burns, founder, Math Solutions, and author, Do The Math
Moderator:
Francie Alexander, chief academic officer, HMH

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Digging Into Mathematical Discourse: Selecting and Sequencing Student Solution Samples

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This webinar took place on October 20, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Developing rich mathematical discourse in the classroom is important for building mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding; yet it is a challenge for many educators. Join us for a discussion with renowned mathematics expert and author, Gladis Kersaint, on how teachers and administrators can support the development of productive math discourse in the classroom through well-planned and well-sequenced discussions of student work.

Topics will include:

• Selecting student work for group or class discussion
• Sequencing discussions of student solution strategies and which questions to ask
• Engaging students, calling attention to their reasoning, and encouraging participation

Presenter:

Gladis Kersaint, dean, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Moderator:
Danielle Curran, product director, Ready Mathematics

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Personalized Learning in Project-Based Math Classrooms

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This webinar took place on October 11, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S.—and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected, and competency-based. Combining personalized and project-based learning creates an environment that supports both individual growth and passion in meaningful ways. For mathematics this means simultaneously creating an environment where students build conceptual understanding and also develop the skills they need to be successful problem solvers. Join Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, and moderator David Woods, director of curriculum development at DreamBox Learning, as they dive into the implications for mathematics in project-based learning.

Presenter:

Tom Vander Ark, author and CEO, Getting Smart
Moderator:
David Woods, director of curriculum development, DreamBox Learning

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Using Formative Assessment to Influence Planning, Guide Teaching, and Support Student Learning

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This webinar took place on March 3, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Assessment is important and must be connected to classroom teaching every single day. As we all embark on the implementation of ESSA, this statement should not be considered an endorsement of teaching to one or more end-of-the-year summative assessments. Rather, we seek to emphasize the important role of formative assessment in the teaching and learning process. This distinction is particularly relevant because even though formative assessment has been discussed for over five decades, it remains elusive to many.

In this webinar we will present a collection of classroom-based formative assessment techniques for elementary and middle grade mathematics teachers to not only consider, but also to use effectively—everyday. Our guest, Skip Fennell, will also discuss how particular formative assessment techniques can bridge to summative assessments and the preparation for such measures. Fennell will address the suggestion from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014) that educators leverage assessment opportunities to improve teaching and learning at the classroom and school level.

Presenter:

Francis (Skip) Fennell, L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies, and project director, Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, vice president of learning, DreamBox Learning

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Dynamic vs. Static Assessment: A Growth Mindset Perspective

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This webinar took place on January 27, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Assessment should inform teaching. It should be continuous, pick up data on mathematical growth and development, and provide information about the “zone of proximal development” (Vygotsky 1978). To do so, it needs “to foresee where and how one can anticipate that which is just coming into view in the distance” (Streefland 1985, 285). It needs to capture genuine mathematizing—children’s strategies, their ways of modeling realistic problems, and their understanding of key mathematical ideas. Bottom line, it needs to capture where the child is on the landscape of learning—where she has been, what her struggles are, and where she is going: it must be dynamic. This session will examine ways to assess development dynamically to inform teaching and to document the learning journey.

Presenter:

Cathy Fosnot, president, New Perspectives Online, New Perspectives on Assessment, and New Perspectives on Learning
Moderator:
Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

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Closing the Factory: Productive Struggle and the New Math Model

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This webinar took place on January 26, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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It’s common knowledge that our school system was built on a factory model, where students were prepared for rote jobs that didn't require innovation, critical thinking, or creative problem solving. But students today need cognitive challenges, not tasks or memorization. Using various techniques, teachers can help students see that hard work and incorrect answers—the “productive struggle” crucial to real knowledge acquisition—represent steps on the path toward mastery, rather than seeing them as signs of failure.

Join us for a webinar where we'll details ways to help learning move into the 21st century, with a special emphasis on K-12 mathematics. We’ll cover concrete practices to help students develop a growth mindset through productive struggle, tactics for developing deeper conceptual thinking in mathematics and beyond, and strategies for moving past rote tasks in homework and in-class assignments to work that actually engages students' intellects and challenges them to think creatively.

Presenters:

Cindy Bryant, director of learning, LearnBop; former member of NCTM's board of directors; former Presidential Awardee; and former head of K-12 math for the state of Missouri
John Carver, superintendent, Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, Cresco, Iowa, and co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council's Broadband Committee
Ross Kasun, superintendent, Freehold Township School District, Monmouth County, N.J.
Moderator:
Zacc Dukowitz, school services specialist, LearnBop

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Closing Math Learning Gaps With Data & Formative Assessment

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This webinar took place on November 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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When combining digital curriculum that provides formative assessment data with everyday instructional practices, educators are equipped to address math learning gaps in real-time. Join Kristine Tipton, Innovation Coach at DeKalb County Central United School District, Ind., as she shares how she’s been able to use digital curriculum like DreamBox Learning® Math to support deeper learning at her schools.

This interactive discussion includes:

• Creating a personalized learning environment to enhance instructional practice
• Leveraging formative assessment data to close math learning gaps

Presenter:

Kristine Tipton, innovation coach, DeKalb County Central United school district, Ind.
Moderator:
Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

Algebra Readiness: Equipping K-8 Students for Success

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This webinar took place on April 30, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As the focus on standards-readiness grows, educators need reassurance that they’re not just teaching students how to pass a test, but also supporting their exploration, creativity, and deep understanding of applied knowledge. Joe Trahan, former middle school teacher, will discuss the pedagogical approach to preparing students for formal algebra. He'll share opportunities educators have to introduce the exploration of abstract concepts at an early age—at a time when students are more focused on concrete mathematical concepts.

Topics covered will include:

• Opportunities to foster mathematical exploration at an early age
• Digital tools to support concrete and abstract mathematical manipulations
• How to assess readiness and intervene appropriately for students that have gaps

This webinar is targeted toward middle school educators as well as elementary educators interested in supporting deeper understanding of applied knowledge in math.

Presenter:

Joe Trahan, former pre-algebra and algebra teacher, Bethesda, Md.; curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning
Moderator:
Kelly Urlacher, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

Effectively Differentiating Mathematics Instruction to Help Struggling Students

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This webinar took place on March 24, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Donna Knoell will offer ideas for blended learning strategies to help students understand mathematical concepts, increase achievement, and enhance confidence. Learn how to incorporate vocabulary, problem solving strategies, and manipulatives to help students develop reasoning skills and proficiency.

Join the discussion of issues including:
• Using blended learning strategies to increase mathematical achievement
• Integrating mathematical discourse to help students develop effective reasoning skills and proficiency
• Combining manipulatives and problem solving strategies in the classroom

Presenter:

Donna Knoell, educational consultant and author
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning

Mastering the Most Challenging Math Standards With Rigorous Instruction

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This webinar took place on March 4, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As teachers and administrators gain a better understanding of the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards and other college- and career-ready expectations in mathematics, they will need to understand which standards are the most challenging for students so they can make the most of their instructional time to ensure students are successful.

In this webinar, we will discuss research-based strategies that give students support with making sense of the most challenging standards, specifically in the areas of:

• Geometric measurement,
• Modeling problem situations,
• Fractions, and
• Statistics.

Presenter:

Mark Ellis, professor of secondary education, California State University at Fullerton
Moderator:
Danielle Curran, executive editor, mathematics, Curriculum Associates

Digital Math Strategies to Personalize Learning in K-8

This webinar is sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on January 20, 2015 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Using effective strategies to personalize math learning for K-8 students can make the difference between producing engaged, successful students versus frustrated, struggling ones. New tools—such as online games, apps, multimedia curricula, and adaptive assessments—are opening doors for teachers to differentiate instruction to meet students' individual needs. But significant challenges remain in using such technologies effectively.

Presenters:

Audra McPhillips, mathematics specialist, West Warwick public schools, R.I.
Jim Monti, director of educational reform, compliance, and technology, West Warwick public schools, R.I.
John K. Williams Jr., assistant principal and former math teacher, Whittemore Park Middle School, Horry County, S.C. school district
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

The Language of Math: the Common Core and English-Learners

Underwriting for the content of this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on January 16, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET
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With their heightened emphasis on verbal explication and argumentation, the Common Core State Standards for mathematics pose unique challenges for students not fully proficient in English. In this webinar, two experts in math instruction for English-language learners will explore the linguistic demands of the new standards and offer strategies to help math educators better support ELLs in developing and communicating mathematical reasoning. The discussion will address scaffolding techniques, profession-development needs, and resource options.

Presenters:

Mark Driscoll, managing project director, Education Development Center
Judit N. Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher

Student-Centered High School Math Teaching: An Up-Close Look

Content provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

This webinar took place on December 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Researchers from AIR, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, conducted a mixed methods study of the practices and effects of highly regarded high school math teachers in New England. The study provides rich descriptions of how student-centered instruction plays out in several classrooms and examines the effects of varying degrees of student-centered instruction on students’ engagement and problem-solving skills. Compared to students in less student-centered classrooms, students in more student-centered math classrooms reported being more highly engaged in what they were learning and showed higher growth on a test of problem-solving skills. The study also produced a four-part framework for analyzing student-centered instruction in mathematics, providing multiple entry points for teachers who are interested in developing a more student-centered approach. Join the researchers behind the project, as they explore the dynamics behind student-centered instruction.

Presenters:

Joanna Burt-Kinderman, district math coach, Pocahontas County Schools, W. Va.
Toni M. Smith, senior researcher, AIR
Kirk Walters, principal researcher, AIR
Moderator:
Kerstin Carlson LeFloch, managing researcher, AIR

Your Math Students: Engaging and Understanding Every Day

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on November 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The most important and challenging aspect of daily planning is to regularly—and yes, that means every day—create, adapt, locate, and consider mathematical tasks that are appropriate to the developmental learning needs of each student. A concern Francis (Skip) Fennell often shares with teachers is that many of us can find or create a lot of “fun” tasks that are, for the most part, worthless in regards to learning mathematics. Mathematical tasks should provide a level of demand on the part of the student that ensures a focus on understanding and involves them in actually doing mathematics.

In this webinar, hear insights from Francis (Skip) Fennell and Tim Hudson around how to:
• Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving
• Use and connect mathematical representations
• Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding
• Elicit and use evidence of student thinking

Presenter:

Francis (Skip) Fennell, L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies, and project director, Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, McDaniel College, Westminister, Md.
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning

Teaching and Measuring the Common Core’s Mathematical Practices

Underwriting for the content of this webinar has been provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar is sponsored by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on November 3, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The Standards for Mathematical Practice, a unique feature of the Common Core State Standards, describe the ways in which students engage with mathematical concepts and skills throughout elementary, middle, and high school. They offer eight hallmarks of math proficiency, which include perseverance, attending to precision, and modeling.

How and what have we been doing to ensure that all our students develop these dispositions? Also, what are some ways in which student growth in these behaviors can be monitored, measured, and nurtured? This session will address these issues and provide practical tools to assist teachers in supporting high levels of engagement with the practices as students grow into mathematical maturity.

Presenters:

Melissa Waggoner, mathematics instructional support teacher and instructional team leader, Thomas Viaduct Middle School, Hanover, Md.
Jonathan (Jon) Wray, mathematics instructional facilitator, Maryland’s Howard County Public Schools and member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ board of directors
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week

Personalizing Math Through Technology and Differentiated Instruction

Sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on August 27, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Facing more rigorous math standards and expectations, schools are exploring new avenues to engage students in numeracy and address diverse learning needs. Silvestre Arcos, an award-winning math instructional leader, has found that resourceful use of technology can help teachers personalize instruction so that “students at every level can make tremendous gains.” In this webinar, Arcos will discuss his efforts to align math instruction with students’ learning needs and offer ways that schools and districts can support and scale up personalized-learning projects.

Presenters:

Silvestre Arcos, founding math teacher and instructional coach, KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, New York City
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

Practical Instructional Transitions for Elementary Math in the Common-Core Era

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on May 15, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As teachers and instructional leaders in 44 states and the District of Columbia immerse themselves in the Common Core State Standards in math, they continue to hunt for effective resources and instructional techniques. In this webinar, math instructional expert Zachary Champagne will delve into fresh ways of thinking about elementary math in light of the common standards, offering new approaches to modeling problems and improving formative assessment. Champagne will offer actionable solutions for instruction under the math standards.

Presenters:

Zachary Champagne, researcher, Mathematics Formative Assessment Project, Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; former Duval County, Fla., Teacher of the Year.
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

Common-Sense Approaches to Math Curriculum and Assessment Success

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on April 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Learn how to equip educators and students for success at a time when schools are being asked to do more with less—while meeting new math standards. Practical considerations and strategies will be addressed by our panel of math experts, who will discuss important topics in mathematics education and field audience questions throughout the session. They'll share insights about current trends and issues in mathematics education related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction that are applicable in all states and schools.

Join the conversation as they take a bird's eye view while also sharing on-the-ground classroom strategies and ideas for supporting increased achievement for all students. Key discussion topics include:

• Current trends and issues in math curriculum and instruction
• Formative and Summative Assessments
• Strategies to support achievement for all student populations

Presenters:

Joanna Bannon, assistant coordinator of K-12 Instructional Services, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Wis.
Francis (Skip) Fennell, past president of NCTM and professor at McDaniel College
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning

Identifying 'Rigor': District Strategies for Transitioning to the Common Core in Math

This webinar has been sponsored by Think Through Math.

This webinar took place on April 16, 2014 @ 4 p.m. ET
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School districts face numerous systemic challenges in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards, including integrating new instructional methodologies and a new framework for mathematical practices across classrooms. In this webinar, two eminent math specialists—the co-authors of the recently published Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom—will offer practical strategies for district and school instructional leaders on ensuring cohesive implementation of the math standards. They will focus on defining what rigor looks like in connection with mathematical practices, identifying potential instructional and systemic obstacles, and effectively monitoring student and teacher progress toward established goals.

Presenters:

Ted H. Hull, mathematics-education consultant and co-author, Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom
Ruth Harbin Miles, K-12 mathematics instructional coach and co-author, Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher

Transitioning Elementary Schools to Common-Core Math

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on March 12, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards in math pose significant challenges for teachers and administrators, establishing new ways of developing students' skills and understanding. As a result, teachers have been asking for more guidance and development from their districts, and districts have hundreds of different materials to sort through to figure out what is the best help to give. Such training is especially important for those educators charged with giving young learners the appropriate grounding in mathematical practices.

This webinar will bring together two math-education experts immersed in teacher training who will discuss the strategies districts can use to help their teachers understand and implement the common-core math standards at the elementary level. They will discuss effective communication and instruction techniques, integrating key conceptual changes, and useful sources of professional development.

Presenters:

Linda Gojak, president, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Elham Kazemi, professor, mathematics education, University of Washington
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

Blending Math Instruction for Elementary Grades

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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The idea of blended learning—combining digital curricula and tools with face-to-face instruction—for elementary grades is becoming more popular, and educators are finding it works particularly well in mathematics. Our guests will provide successful approaches for implementing this technique, including resources, strategies, and examples of instruction, as well as tips for modeling blended learning in elementary grade math.

Presenters:

Jill Thompson, instructional technology specialist, Bishop Spaugh Professional Development Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
Jessica Indelicato, 4th grade special education teacher, Presidential Park Elementary School, Middletown, N.Y.
Amy Creeden, principal, Race to the Top Grant, Enlarged City School District of Middletown, N.Y.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

The Future of Math Education: A Panel Discussion of Promising Practices

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Jan. 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) President Valerie Mills, renowned educator and author Cathy Fosnot, and past NCTM and AMTE President Francis (Skip) Fennell for a conversation about the future of mathematics education. Everyone interested in the success of all students in learning mathematics—educators and community members—will gain valuable insights from these leaders.
Topics will include:
• Formative assessment
• Meeting the diverse needs of all students
• Common Core State Standards
• Digital learning technologies
The panel will also field questions from participants submitted during the session.

Presenters:

Francis 'Skip' Fennell, professor of education, McDaniel College
Cathy Fosnot, professor emeritus of childhood education, City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Valerie L. Mills, president, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics; supervisor and mathematics education consultant, Oakland Schools, Michigan
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning

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