PRISM 2016 Math Workshops

Certificates provided for PD hours

$150 per workshop/person


10% discount for MSUNER districts




Date                        Topics

Dec. 20          Navigating 2016-17 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment Updates, Grades 7-10
Come learn updated information through a hands-on look at lessons and Performance Tasks with instructional strategies that focus on algebraic reasoning and sense making for middle and high school students.  Real world applications will be provided through multimedia resources that help students and teachers meet the current Mathematics Standards and State Assessment expectations.
Facilitator:  Deborah L. Ives, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan. 10           Teaching for Understanding fractions: Content knowledge, instruction, and assessment, Grades 4-6

This session will engage the participants in active learning of fractions and fraction operations concepts.  The high cognitive demand of all session activities will surely enhance every participants’ existing library of effective fraction tasks.  Common student misconceptions and instructional approaches to address them will be discussed.  In particular, this session will focus on the development of conceptual knowledge of fraction multiplication and division, and present activities that can help students make sense of algorithms like “invert and multiply” or “divide across.” State grade level curriculum and assessment expectations will be addressed. 

Facilitator: Eliza Leszczynski, Ed. D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan.  13          Teaching for understanding ratios and proportions: Content knowledge, instruction, and assessment, Grades 6-8

In this session, we will delve deeper into concepts related to the teaching and learning of ratios and proportions. Across-the-grades development of procedural fluency from conceptual understanding of ratios will be presented using performance tasks and applications.  The participants will examine multiple representations of ratios (e.g., ratio tables, double number lines, graphs, tape diagrams) and explore how each representation develops students’ multiplicative reasoning.  Teaching practices focused on sense making of procedures like “cross multiplication” will be discussed.  State grade level curriculum and assessment expectations will be addressed.  

Facilitator:  Eliza Leszczynski, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan. 20           Measurement:  How do your students measure?, Grades 2-5

Do your students struggle with measurement (length, area, and volume)?  Discover research-based and classroom­tested tasks you can use to help students think about geometric measurement (length, area and volume) in a meaningful way. Explore a learning trajectory approach to students’ conceptual development of measurement.  Take aways include how to conduct formative assessments that elicit and interpret student work on measurement tasks as well as unique instructional suggestions to use in the classroom. Topics will incorporate new standards and aligned classroom practices. 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences


Jan. 27           Cognitive Power & Problem Solving Potential Using Addition & Subtraction

Grades K-2

Don’t miss this informative workshop!  Use the basic underlying structure of addition and subtraction word problems to develop students’ problem solving abilities.  Discover Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI math), an approach to teaching mathematics that uses students' own mathematical thinking as the basis for instruction. CGI will help you know when to push, when to hold back, and how to make a problem easier or harder.  Learn to conduct formative assessments that use information from each child’s own solutions and how to best use student data to individualize instruction. Support your students’ ability to make sense of problems in their own ways! 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD - Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences

Feb. 3             Early Algebra Teaching Strategies for New Standards, Grades 4-6

Join us for a hands-on exploration of how you can help your students develop their functional thinking skills!  Did you know the CCSS-­M calls for students to express functional relationships between patterns by Grade 5?  Explore pattern relationships with different representations such as tables, double number lines and graphs.  Inform your teaching using real examples from classroom videos and investigations of current student work.  Discuss relationships between patterns, such as covariation and correspondence, that can help your students develop a robust early understanding of functions.

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD - Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences


Feb. 10           Equal Groups and Fair Sharing: Developing Students’ Early Multiplicative Thinking

 Grades K-2

How can students develop multiplicative thinking before formal instruction on multiplication and division?  Investigate the hidden richness of fair sharing and equal groups by exploring a variety of tasks and students’ strategies. Discover ways you can help students make multiplicative comparisons and build strong foundations for their learning of multiplication and division, as well as fractions! All workshop material will incorporate state standards and current best practices.

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD – Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences

May 5             Subtraction Woes: The Old Way and the New Way of Regrouping, Grades 1-3

Are you, your students, and their parents overwhelmed with the new way of regrouping?  It’s not just crossing out and moving numbers around, as many of us learned.  Discover effective ways to develop your students’ understanding of regrouping and investigate helpful strategies to teach regrouping for both addition and subtraction.  Look at common core and curricular standards and learn how to help your students make sense of regrouping with an army of strategies in the “new way.” 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD – Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences



 Location: PRISM – Blanton Hall

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Montclair State University



Dr. Jacalyn Willis, director of PRISM and research biologist, is a member of the NJ State Leadership Team that advised the NJDOE and the Governor on the adoption; she has been a participant in national trainings in NGSS-aligned curriculum development, as well as trainings in teaching pedagogical practices crucial to implementation of the NGSS. The PRISM team has been closely involved in the development of the NGSS and the design of effective PD that follows on 12 years of US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership programs and National Science Foundation initiatives directed by Dr. Willis. 

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