As we started to think about the upcoming school year, we decided to ground ourselves in The Learning Scientists and effective math practices. For those of you who may not know, The Learning Scientists is a group of cognitive psychological scientists whose main focus is on the science of learning, focusing on areas such as memory, cognition, and motivation. From their research comes evidence-based strategies to enhance teaching and learning outcomes. Their research about how learners learn is guiding us as we lay the foundation for what we are calling our 2024-2025 MCIU Math Series. Our plan is designed to equip educators with the latest effective practices in mathematics instruction, guided by cutting-edge learning science research. You can learn more about The Learning Scientists here.  

Spaced Practice: Space out your studying over time. 
Retrieval Practice: Bringing Information to mind. 
Elaboration: Explain and describe ideas with many details
Interleaving: Switch between areas while you study 
Concrete Examples: Use specific examples to understand abstract ideas 
Dual Coding: Combine words and visuals

Here’s an overview of what we have in store for you:

We’ll begin the year with a focus on Tier 1 math instruction with a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens as a foundation to later offerings. We will delve into effective math practices and explore instructional design as we lean into the UDL mantra. This approach is aimed at addressing the diverse learning needs of all students by identifying goals, recognizing potential barriers, and creating multiple pathways for success.

Next, we are excited to bring Dr. Paul Riccomini to MCIU.  Dr. Riccomini is a professor at Penn State, who will lead a workshop centered on enhancing retention through the intersection of learning science and effective math practices. He will dive into retrieval practice, interleaving, and spaced practice, all strategies that yield high success with our learners.  Not only will he provide insight into these strategies, but you will also walk away with ideas for classroom implementation.

In addition to enhancing retention, Dr. Paul Riccomini will conduct two specialized workshops on scaffolding math instruction tailored to struggling elementary and secondary learners.  The goal is to develop skills that support struggling math students, providing them with the necessary scaffolding to succeed.

Our professional learning series also emphasizes a shift from traditional teaching methods to a student-centered approach. This transition will be supported by two key workshops, Elaboration and Best Practices in Math and Concrete and Dual Coding in Math.  Are you a teacher who is looking for more ways to have learners collaborate and interact in your classroom?  How about a teacher who wants their learners to visualize and internalize mathematical concepts, helping to make learning more accessible and effective?  If so, these sessions might be for you!  

We invite you to join us on this learning journey.  We are committed to supporting our educators in their professional growth and ensuring that our students receive the highest quality math education. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and growth together!

Stay tuned for more details on each workshop and how to register.

 

Let’s make 2024-2025 a year of mathematical excellence!

Strengthening Tier 1 Math Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning

Strengthening Tier 1 Mathematics Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning  will be designed as a full-day learning opportunity that allows you, the participant, to dive into effective mathematics teaching practices and strategies. We will unpack standards and learning progressions as they relate to the specific grade band, focused on a particular strand, examine skill gaps that learners might face and evidence based practices to address them, and analyze instructional design moves you can make within your classroom. You will have the opportunity to apply your learning as you partake in an application activity with fellow participants. Come prepared to learn, participate, and apply your knowledge

Enhancing Retention in the Mathematics Classroom with Paul Riccomini (K – 12)

October 30, 2024

Join us for a dynamic and interactive professional development session designed exclusively for mathematics teachers of all levels. This session is focused on equipping educators with three powerful retention strategies to support student retention of essential mathematical concepts and skills throughout the academic year.

Scaffolding Problem Solving and Reasoning in the Elementary Math Classroom with Paul Riccomini (Elementary)

December 4, 2024

Join us for a comprehensive and interactive professional development session tailored exclusively for elementary mathematics teachers. This immersive workshop focuses on equipping educators with effective instructional scaffolding techniques to empower students in approaching math word problems with confidence and clarity.

Scaffolding Algebraic Reasoning: Leveraging the Power of the Worked Solutions Strategy with Paul Riccomini (Secondary)

December 5, 2024

Join us for an engaging and interactive professional development session tailored exclusively for high school algebra and geometry teachers. This intensive session focuses on equipping educators with a proven strategy, known as the Worked Solution Strategy, to effectively support and enhance algebraic and geometric reasoning skills among students.

Embedding Rich Tasks for Meaningful Mathematical Discourse

Join us for an engaging professional development session focused on embedding mathematical discourse in the classroom through elaboration techniques. Designed for math teachers, this session will explore the implementation of rich tasks that facilitate meaningful discussions and enhance students’ ability to explain and describe mathematical concepts in detail. Drawing on the “Building Thinking Classrooms” framework, we will provide practical strategies and grade-band examples to help you create a vibrant, thought-provoking learning environment.

Multiple Representations in Math:
Techniques for Deeper Student Learning

This professional development session equips math teachers with strategies to enhance students’ conceptual understanding through multiple representations. Participants will explore representation models specific to the session. The workshop includes hands-on activities and grade-level examples, enabling teachers to effectively scaffold learning, integrate visual and verbal information, and connect math concepts to real-world applications. By the end, teachers will be prepared to implement these strategies in their classrooms, fostering deeper understanding and engagement in their students.

2024-2025 Math Series Our 2024-2025 math series is grounded in research from The Learning Scientists. To learn more, check out www.learningscientists.org. Spaced Practice: Space out your studying over time. Retrieval Practice: Bringing Information to mind. Elaboration: Explain and describe ideas with many details Interleaving: Switch between areas while you study Concrete Examples: Use specific examples to understand abstract ideas Dual Coding: Combine words and visuals Oct 15, 2024 Strengthening Tier 1 Math Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning (K-5) Oct 17, 2024 Strengthening Tier 1 Math Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning (6-8) Oct 24, 2024 Strengthening Tier 1 Math Instruction by Embracing Universal Design for Learning (9-12) Oct 30. 2024 Embracing Retention in the Mathematics Classroom with Paul Riccomini (K-12) Dec 4 and 5 Scaffolding Problem Solving and Reasoning in the Elementary Math Classroom with Paul Riccomini (Elementary & Secondary Sessions) Additional Sessions Coming in 2025 Feb 2025 Embedding Rich Tasks for Meaningful Mathematical Discourse Mar 2025 Multiple Representations in Math: Techniques for Deeper Student Learning

Meet the Team

Reach out to any of the team members for more information.