Mathematics

Including Singapore Math

The new standards for math stress a solid foundation of not only conceptual understanding, but also critical thinking. Singapore Math emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding prior to the teaching of procedures. A powerful, hands-on, visual approach—a progression from concrete to pictorial to abstract—is used to introduce concepts, which at the core include strong number sense, place value, and problem-solving. Professional development solutions are closely-aligned with the standards, including Singapore Math.

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    Mathematical Practice Strategies

    Make It Real: Applying the 8 Mathematical Practices in Your Classroom (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Did you know new standards for mathematics contain 8 integrated Standards for Mathematical Practice that describe a set of skills and processes that all students should develop as part of their study of mathematics? Discover what the 8 Mathematical Practices are, how to break them down into kid-friendly terms, and how they relate to every part of your math instruction. Answer essential questions to identify the impact the practices have on instruction. Learn what successful implementation of the standards looks like, what you’ll need to implement the practices, and what implications they have for assessment and grading.

    Meet and Exceed Expectations in Mathematics (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    New standards for mathematics represent a significant shift in educational perspective. Understanding the role of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and how they integrate with and influence instruction of new content standards is a critical aspect of successfully implementing new standards for mathematics and improving math in the United States.

    Creating a Math Culture through Reasoning (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Create a math culture and learning community in your classroom that is engaging for students and teachers alike. Discover how to implement effective math questioning and how to get students to take ownership and explain their mathematical thinking. Through live classroom videos integrating ALL 8 Mathematical Practice standards, see first-hand how to become a co-learner with students and build a culture that promotes lifelong mathematical reasoning.

    Model Drawing [Parts 1 and 2] (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Discover the power of model drawing—a step-by-step method of translating a word problem into a diagram or model. This visual model makes it easy for students to understand the relationships in given information and to successfully solve the problem. These problem-solving techniques are ideal for supplementing existing core curricula and for use in pull-out programs, both intervention and gifted.

    Anchor Tasks: Critical Thinking and Discovery Strategies for Your Math Block (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    An Anchor Task is a problem used at the introduction of a new unit. The problem is usually stated in a context students can relate to, but no procedure is given as to how to find the answer. The goal is to have students explore new concepts and use their prior knowledge to come up with a solution. Introducing a unit with an effective anchor task helps students build on current skills while requiring them to extend their thinking to a new level of complexity. Anchor Tasks are a key component of a rich math culture where students are actively engaged in the math practices.

    See What the Numbers Are Saying: Visualization Techniques and Algebraic Thinking (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    The ability to visualize, to imagine what something looks like or what it means, is fundamental to learning in general and to math in particular. This workshop focuses on visualization techniques to help students to “see” with their minds what words and numbers are saying.

    Connect the Dots: Making Sense of Problems by Seeing Patterns and Relationships (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Making sense of a problem often requires seeing patterns and relationships among numbers. As one of the Mathematical Practices states, “Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure.” Equally important to building mathematical thinkers is the practice that asks students to construct viable arguments which we will accomplish by making predictions and testing our hypotheses.

    Mathematical Content Strategies

    From Here to There: Assessing and Developing Basic Numeracy Skills (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation
    Discover why more and more children are lacking the foundation for numeracy development. Find out about the key stages every child must experience in order to be successful in their mathematical learning. Gain an in-depth understanding of how to formatively assess student skills in order to effectively group students for instruction. Learn about a variety of activities that will support students.

    Early Numeracy: Building a Firm Foundation (K-2)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Discover strategies and tools to help children build a strong understanding of numbers in Grades K-2. Help children visualize the math they are learning and using, preparing them to add more challenging math concepts later that build on a solid foundation of numeracy. Learn proven methods to avoid rote memorization of rules and math facts, and instead develop mathematical thinkers who are set up for success in the early grades and beyond.

    Foundations of Number Sense (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Give students in Grades 1-5 a deeper understanding of numbers, setting them up for current and future success as mathematical thinkers. Learn how to build foundational number sense not through memorization of rules and facts, but through a clear understanding of numbers, their magnitude, and their relationships with other numbers. Learn new methods for building number sense and teaching computation in ways that make sense to both you and your students. With this solid foundation, you will prepare them to develop higher-level math skills and reasoning ability for years to come.

    Foundations of Number Sense for Upper Elementary (3-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Give students in Grades 3-5 a deeper understanding of numbers, setting them up for current and future success as mathematical thinkers. Learn how to build foundational number sense not through memorization of rules and facts, but through a clear understanding of numbers, their magnitude, and their relationships with other numbers. Learn new methods for building number sense and teaching computation in ways that make sense to both you and your students. With this solid foundation, you will prepare them to develop higher-level math skills and reasoning ability for years to come.

    Applying Singapore Math Strategies to the Standards (K-1, 2-3, or 4-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    By zeroing in on a narrow grade span, this training focuses on the standards you will be addressing in your classroom. Attention is given to key standards in each of the domains, so you’ll see how to use Singapore math strategies to build conceptual knowledge while at the same time embedding important aspects of the Math Practices into your teaching.

    Pump It Up: Mental Math Strategies That Build Accuracy, Efficiency, and Flexibility (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Math facts are to math as sight words are to reading. As such, students must be fluent with their facts. Teaching and practicing mental math strategies requires active classroom discussions and attention to precision. Mental math helps prepare students to be strong mathematical thinkers by visualizing their solutions. Students become comfortable decomposing and recomposing numbers to make computation easier.

    Performance Tasks: What Success Looks Like Every Day (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate Implementation
    What’s all the buzz about implementing performance tasks into math instruction to meet the rigor of new standards? Performance tasks provide students with real-life situations in which to apply their math knowledge. Integrating performance tasks into your math instruction isn’t as daunting as you may think. Learn performance tasks that integrate cross-curricular components and can be used right away. You will walk away with not only new-found knowledge, but also an in-depth understanding of how to assess students’ understanding, reasoning, and ability to communicate their math knowledge.
    Success with Fractions: Simple Strategies for Deep Understanding (3-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Fraction instruction must include a variety of visual models and hands-on activities to help build students’ conceptual understanding of fractions. Students need to be able to see how fractions work in both concrete and visual ways before algorithms and abstract equations will make sense. This training covers the foundational concepts needed to understand fractions and also how to perform the four operations with fractional numbers.

    Bridging Fractions to Decimals (3-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Decimal knowledge needs to build on students’ understanding of fractional numbers. When this connection is made, a deeper understanding of decimal numbers can be achieved. This conceptual understanding of decimals is also improved by modeling decimals in both concrete and visual ways before algorithms and abstract equations are introduced. This workshop offers a variety of strategies to support conceptual understanding leading to practical problem-solving with decimals.

    Foundations of Measurement and Data (K-2 and 3-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    This training will provide you with techniques and activities to help students’ understanding of the meaning and processes of measurement. Samples of classroom-tested lessons that focus on essential measurement concepts in a problem-solving context will be provided. This practical approach is aimed at helping students make sense of the mathematics they are learning.

    Foundations of Geometry (K-2 and 3-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    This training will provide you with ways to help children construct their own understanding of the properties of shapes, how shapes relate to each other, and when it makes sense to combine or divide shapes to help in problem solving. Samples of meaningful and engaging activities as well as literature that correlate to the geometry standards will be provided.

    Assessment and Intervention

    Purpose-Driven Assessments for Informed Instruction (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Learn formative and summative assessment strategies that help you plan, deliver, and modify instruction. Discover how to develop, deliver, and interpret a variety of quick assessments that can be used daily in the classroom to determine prior knowledge, drive instruction, and assess student learning. Ensure all your assessments require higher-level thinking skills, not just a recall of facts, preparing your students for success on high-stakes summative assessments.

    Next-Generation Assessment: College and Career Readiness in Mathematics (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Next-generation assessments require students to apply a depth of knowledge in mathematics to make connections, extend learning, and justify mathematical reasoning. Explore the new shifts in higher-level assessment and the assessment claims for mathematics (concepts and procedures, problem solving, communicated reasoning, and data analysis and modeling). Gain an in-depth understanding of types of assessment questions and learn to integrate the assessment formats into daily instruction and formative assessment.

    Math Interventions: Identifying and Diagnosing Error Patterns (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    Discover how to meet struggling math students where they are and offer them tailored feedback and meaningful intervention. Learn how to accurately diagnose student errors, uncovering the root issues and efficiently correcting gaps in learning. Study common errors in order to intervene when concepts are misunderstood and to avoid reteaching concepts that have been mastered. Apply this powerful and proven approach, which will enable all students to be successful in math.

    Instructional Strategies

    Student-Centered Mathematics: One Size Doesn’t Fit All (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Jump out of the “one size fits all” way of teaching mathematics and transform your classroom with a balanced, student-centered approach to learning. Make and take a variety of math games that support new standards and can be easily differentiated. Learn how the daily use of manipulatives can enhance your students’ learning and their application of the skills being taught. Integrate game-based learning into your current daily practice.

    Differentiated Math Strategies (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    In this powerful training, teachers will explore high-impact, standards-aligned strategies that address key challenges faced by students who struggle with math. Teachers will learn to use visual models, tiered math problems, reasoning strategies, and math vocabulary to help all students master challenging content and develop deep conceptual knowledge.

    Managing An Effective Math Classroom (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Intermediate to Full Implementation
    You can’t teach a class you can’t manage, and you can’t cover the necessary content if you haven’t planned well. Discover how daily routines, centers, and a well-organized, student-friendly environment can help you run an effective math classroom. Learn the key elements of an effective math lesson, ensuring your instructional time is focused, engaging, and building lifelong mathematical thinking.

    Technology Integration (1-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Understand the importance of integrating technology seamlessly within instruction to equip students with skills necessary for success in today’s world. Discover appropriate digital tools and apps to engage and challenge students. Learn how to select, organize, and manage technology resources. Find ways to deepen understanding of mathematics in collaborative, relevant digital projects.

    Math Workshops and Centers: Making the Most of Your Math Block (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Utilize math workshop to strengthen your small group math instruction and to allow for differentiation. This approach to using your math block allows you to assess where each of your students are and to better meet their needs by working with small groups. Students also will have more opportunities to share their thinking with others and are likely to feel more successful than they would have in a whole class learning environment.

    Singapore Math Adoption

    Guidance for a Full or Rolling Adoption with Math in Focus (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation
    Implementing the "Math in Focus" curriculum into your school can and will be both rewarding and challenging. Learn about the unique characteristics of the program and resources needed to insure success. Setting realistic goals and knowing potential difficulties to avoid will help insure a successful implementation for all stakeholders.

    Guidance for a Full or Rolling Adoption with Primary Mathematics (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Implementing the "Primary Mathematics" curriculum into your school can and will be both rewarding and challenging. Learn about the unique characteristics of the program and resources needed to insure success. Setting realistic goals and knowing potential difficulties to avoid will help insure a successful implementation for all stakeholders.

    Singapore Math as Supplement

    Implementing Singapore Math Strategies and Everyday Math (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Create a plan to successfully supplement your existing math program with the powerful Singapore Math strategies. Consider the strategies that will best fit your math goals and determine how to implement these strategies and how to provide sustained support.

    Implementing Singapore Math Strategies and Go Math (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Create a plan to successfully supplement your existing math program with the powerful Singapore Math strategies. Consider the strategies that will best fit your math goals and determine how to implement these strategies and how to provide sustained support.

    Implementing Singapore Math Strategies and enVision (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Create a plan to successfully supplement your existing math program with the powerful Singapore Math strategies. Consider the strategies that will best fit your math goals and determine how to implement these strategies and how to provide sustained support.

    Implementing Singapore Math Strategies and EngageNY (K-5)
    Readiness Level: Early to Full Implementation
    Create a plan to successfully supplement your existing math program with the powerful Singapore Math strategies. Consider the strategies that will best fit your math goals and determine how to implement these strategies and how to provide sustained support.

    Job-Embedded Coaching

    Model Lesson
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

    Side-by-Side Assessment
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Classroom Observation and Coaching
    Readiness Level: Early to Intermediate Implementation

    Small-Group Instruction
    Readiness Level: Early Implementation

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    Char Forsten Char Forsten
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    A former teacher and teaching principal for 18 years, Char is a popular presenter who now works frequently as a consultant in schools and classrooms across the country. She is an expert in elementary mathematics, differentiated instruction, writing, and is best known for delivering presentations that are filled with practical, easy to implement, classroom proven strategies and activities. Char has presented on Singapore Math at national and international conferences, and has traveled to Singapore numerous times to experience firsthand this ground breaking approach in action. She is the author of many books, including Math Talk and Step by Step Model Drawing: Solving Word Problems the Singapore Way.

    Ricky Mikelman Ricky Mikelman
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    Ricky has been a classroom teacher and math coach for 20 years. In 2005, she was awarded the Los Angeles County Excellence in Promoting Math Instruction Award. She discovered Singapore Math while looking for methods to help her struggling students, and has been an enthusiastic supporter ever since.

    Bradley Witzel Bradley Witzel
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    An experienced classroom teacher, published author, and leading special education expert, Dr. Bradley Witzel has taught students with both high and low incidences of disabilities, including those with ELL and LEP needs. His dynamic presentations offer researched-validated practices that focus on the development of special education teachers. Dr. Witzel's written work includes numerous research and practitioner articles for students with and without learning disabilities, including the hands-on algebra book Multisensory Algebra. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Winthrop University.

    Paul Riccomini Paul Riccomini, Ph.D.
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    Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University and former middle and high school math teacher. He taught mathematics to students with learning disabilities and emotional and behavior disorders in self contained and general education classrooms for a number of years. He is the author of four books related to improved mathematics instruction. His research focus is on effective instructional approaches, strategies, and assessments for students who are low achievers and/or students with learning disabilities in mathematics. Dr. Riccomini is a dynamic and engaging presenter with a knack for the useful and practical.

    Anni Stipek Anni Stipek
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    Over the past 20 years, Anni has taught kindergarten through eighth grade. Her enthusiasm, emphasis on content, and entertaining style have made her a sought-after speaker and motivator. Anni brings a wealth of practical Singapore Math experience and expertise in designing and implementing math curriculum. She is the author of the widely used book, Word Problems for Model Drawing Practice: Level 6.

    Catherine Kuhns Catherine Kuhns, NBCT
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    Catherine is a Presidential Award winner for Excellence in Teaching elementary Mathematics with first-hand experience using Singapore Math in her classroom. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who believes in creating a child centered and activity based classroom where children may become lifelong lovers of learning. Catherine is the author of the books, Common Core Math in Action (K-2 and Gr. 3-5).

    Shannon Samulski Shannon Samulski
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    Shannon Samulski is the founder of Strategic Intervention Solutions and is an international educational consultant. She has 15 years of teaching experience in the areas of special education, reading specialization, and intervention. She is well known for her practical information and enthusiastic style, and her experience with RTI, promoting Early Learning Success, and integrating Math CCSS with numeracy development. She is the author of Finger Funatics, a fine motor development program, and My Counting Buddy Book and Math Tool.

    Kristin Hilty Kristin Hilty
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    Kristin incorporates 15 years of teaching experience into her idea packed sessions. She's taught special education students as well as elementary grades 2-5. And, she's led her district in the implementation of Singapore Math strategies. Her passion for teaching combined with her experience using Singapore Math methods in the classroom leaves teachers revitalized and eager to implement her ideas.

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