2014 NCSM Annual Conference

Strand 3 Sessions

Session information last updated: 3-31-2014

Strand 3 Sessions -- Monday, April 7, 2014
Strand 3: Strand 3

117  9:30 AM to
11:00 AM
MelroseOral PresentationStrand 3

Developing Usable Knowledge for Teaching Elementary Mathematics
Within our Elementary Math Teacher Leadership Project, teachers experienced a novel mix of Professional Development designed to: a) increase content knowledge; b) strengthen classroom enactment of the mathematical practices; c) provide a forum for communicating and coaching with colleagues as part of a video analysis team; and d) increase leadership capacity. Join us for a sample of mathematics routines, coaching strategies, and video team work designed to turn teachers into change agents.


Lead Speaker: Valerie Maxwell
Co-Presenter: Janet Parsons
Co-Presenter: Sarah Ryan

126  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Grand Salon 15 & 18GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Contributing to a Culture of Mathematics Coaching for the Standards for Mathematical Practice
Support for mathematics classroom coaches flourishes in an institutional setting operating with a culture that supports coaching and promotes clear expectations for high-quality teaching and learning. This session focuses on research-based and theoretically-informed practices to support the work of coaches. The session will engage participants in identifying and examining expectations, behaviors, strategies, and practices that contribute to a culture for mathematics coaching.


Lead Speaker: John Sutton
Co-Presenter: Arlene Mitchell
Co-Presenter: Clare Heidema

133  11:30 AM to
1:00 PM
MelroseGeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Mathematics Coaches and Specialists Use Content-Focused Coaching to Foster Inquiry and Dialogue with Teachers
Imagine 30 mathematics coaches discussing and learning from video being shared by one of their peers! During Mathematics Instructional Support Team (MIST) monthly professional development, K-12 mathematics coaches and specialists participate in a research-based curriculum designed to provide support for the incremental implementation of content-focused coaching in their schools. Experience how we engage the coaches in improving their skills as they support teacher improvements in both content and pedagogical practices.


Lead Speaker: Janice McCarthy
Co-Presenter: Valerie Maxwell
Co-Presenter: Jon Manon
Co-Presenter: Janet Parsons

143  12:15 PM to
1:15 PM
JasperwoodOral PresentationStrand 3

Building an Infrastructure to Support New Norms for Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms
How can we support teachers in their efforts to "take up" high-leverage problem-based practices that are indicative of the kind of teaching and learning environment explicitly called for in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice? This session will focus on how the use of a multi-tiered professional development program involving teachers, coaches, and administrators has resulted in more powerful and productive problem-based lessons in our secondary mathematics classrooms.


Lead Speaker: Jamila Riser
Co-Presenter: Jon Manon
Co-Presenter: Janice McCarthy
Co-Presenter: Valerie Maxwell

152  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
Grand Salon 4Oral PresentationStrand 3

Preparing Secondary Mathematics Candidates to Teach the Common Core State Standards: Schools and Universities Working Together
The Mathematics Teacher Educators (MTE) Partnership is a collaboration of school districts, universities and other partners with the common goal of transforming secondary mathematics teacher preparation. The partnership has identified four primary challenges: creating a common vision among stakeholders, developing and supporting mentor teachers to facilitate field experiences, improving mathematical content knowledge, and developing practices for recruitment and retention of candidates. A "networked improvement community" model is being used to address these challenges.


Lead Speaker: W. Gary Martin
Co-Presenter: Johannah Maynor
Co-Presenter: Marilyn Strutchens

186  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
Grand Salon 9 & 12GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

The Mathematical Tasks Framework: A Vehicle for Building a Knowledge Base for Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching
Have you used the Mathematical Tasks Framework (MTF)? If so, we invite you to share your experience! We begin with a brief overview of MTF origins and associated developments, including narrative cases of mathematics teaching, tools to classify tasks and plan lessons, and practices for orchestrating productive classroom discourse. Then we turn to YOUR experiences using the MTF and associated tools/materials, as we move toward shared knowledge and understanding.


Lead Speaker: Edward Silver
Co-Presenter: Margaret Smith

Strand 3 Sessions -- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Strand 3: Strand 3

208  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Salon Suite COral PresentationStrand 3

Project TeAM: Enhancing Content Knowledge Through an Immersion-Reflection-Practice-Based Learning Cycle
The Teaching Algebra and More! Project, or Project TeAM, supports high school mathematics teachers in deepening their mathematical content knowledge. Project teachers participate in a learning cycle that includes an immersion experience, a personal reflection, and a practice-based experience. In this session, participants will examine this learning cycle through video clips and sample professional development plans. Discussion will focus on the learning cycle as a practice for strengthening content knowledge.


Lead Speaker: Angela Barlow
Co-Presenter: Charles Milligan
Co-Presenter: Angeline Gaddy

215  8:45 AM to
10:15 AM
MelroseGeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness AND Supporting Teacher Growth: Using the Tools of Polarity Thinking to Leverage This Tension
No one is born with a deep understanding of best practices in mathematics instruction; all of us continue to learn throughout our careers. Thus, evaluation practices need to inform and support professional development goals. Come and experience a tool for identifying polarity thinking that will help your team balance measuring teacher effectiveness AND using that information to support all teachers in mastering the art of teaching mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Jane Kise

216  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
ElmwoodGeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Defining Effective Research-Based Learning Experiences for Educators That Support Quality Instruction
Effective learning experiences for educators developing their capacity for effective mathematics instruction begins with learning environments that build their pedagogical base. Such capacity building requires a focus on three elements: content knowledge; understanding how students learn; and instructional practices that support student learning. This session highlights the kinds of research-based experiences needed in a Professional Learning Community to transform instruction and support quality instruction.


Lead Speaker: Marji Freeman
Co-Presenter: Patty Clark

219  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Grand Salon 3GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Enabling Principals to Support High-Quality Mathematics Instruction
This presentation will explore how classroom observation tools and professional development (PD) can enable principals to support ambitious mathematics instruction. We will share results from a PD initiative where principals analyzed mathematical tasks and lesson vignettes, using an observation tool focused on aspects of mathematics instruction empirically associated with improved student performance. Participants will be engaged in considering additional supports and pedagogies of enactment in PD for principals.


Lead Speaker: Melissa Boston
Co-Presenter: Erin Henrick
Co-Presenter: Lynsey Gibbons

231  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
ElmwoodGeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Fostering High-Quality Instruction: A Framework for Evaluating How Mathematics Curriculum Supports Teacher Learning
This presentation reports on an investigation of the support of teacher learning provided by mathematics curricula. The researchers expanded an existing framework for evaluating curricula by adding teacher learning variables acknowledging the importance of educative curricula which foster student and teacher learning. The use of the framework with two mathematics curricula will be shared, and participants will have the opportunity to consider their district curricula with respect to teacher learning.


Lead Speaker: Sarah Quebec Fuentes
Co-Presenter: Jingjing Ma

232  10:45 AM to
12:15 PM
MelroseOral PresentationStrand 3

Developing Deep Conceptual Understanding? Start with the Teacher!
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require teachers to assist students in developing a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Unfortunately far too many teachers of mathematics do not have this understanding themselves. This session will explore job-embedded digital resources that serve to improve teachers' pedagogical and content knowledge of the CCSS, including the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.


Lead Speaker: Rob Nickerson

238  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 4GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Supporting Teachers to Enact Three Principles of Effective Mathematics Instruction
Session participants will learn about three principles of effective mathematics instruction, strategies for designing and implementing mathematics lessons using the principles, and how to support teachers to use these three principles in mathematics instruction. The session includes interactive participant discussions guided by classroom video clips, student work examples, textbook tasks, and research findings.


Lead Speaker: Fran Arbaugh

255  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Salon 6GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Well-Structured Questions ... Where Will They Take You?
Fostering a culture of collaboration leads to high-quality instructional practices focused on student achievement. Using well-structured questions during instructional leader/teacher post-lesson conversations promotes deeper thinking and reflection to move beyond "I followed my plan very well" to "My students met their mathematical goal of ... because ..."


Lead Speaker: Renee Everling
Co-Presenter: Diane Reynolds

261  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
JasperwoodOral PresentationStrand 3

Project IMPACT: Supporting Elementary Teachers' Understanding of the Common Core State Standards Through Demonstration Lessons
The Implementing Mathematical Practices And Content into Teaching Project, or Project IMPACT, utilizes demonstration lessons for enhancing teachers' vision of instruction and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In this session, participants will examine teachers' perceptions of and reflections on demonstration lessons. Video clips of a lesson briefing, demonstration lesson, and lesson debriefing will be featured. Lessons learned will be highlighted.


Lead Speaker: Angela Barlow
Co-Presenter: Sarah Bleiler
Co-Presenter: Chris Stephens
Co-Presenter: Natasha Gerstenschlager
Co-Presenter: Wesley Baxter

Strand 3 Sessions -- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Strand 3: Strand 3

310  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Salon 21 & 24GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Transforming Teachers' Professional Vision: Using Lessonsketch to Broaden Teachers' Imagination
In the two decades since the introduction of the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics describing effective mathematics instruction, researchers have found U.S. teachers still lack the ability to foster productive mathematical discourse. This talk will describe how coaches can rapidly prototype various discourse moves, using Depict from Lessonsketch, to help teachers reimagine and reshape their instructional practices to support the standards for mathematical practice called for in the Common Core State Standards.


Lead Speaker: Amanda Milewski

316  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
ElmwoodOral PresentationStrand 3

Supporting Mathematics Coaches in the Era of the Common Core State Standards
Mathematics coaches need professional development that increases their mathematics content and coaching knowledge to support their practice of helping teachers develop and deepen skills to address student learning in the mathematics classroom. Attendees will reflect on the coaching process, examine research-based and theoretically-informed practices that meet the unique and diverse contexts of coaching, and engage in worthwhile mathematical and coaching tasks with a view of the Common Core State Standards.


Lead Speaker: Arlene Mitchell
Co-Presenter: Clare Heidema
Co-Presenter: John Sutton
Co-Presenter: David Yopp

326  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Oral PresentationStrand 3

Assessing Secondary Teachers' Mathematical Habits of Mind
We will share our work developing research instruments to assess secondary teachers' mathematical habits of mind (MHoM). In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to work with sample items from our paper and pencil assessment and with our observation protocol. We will also describe how our MHoM constructs are closely aligned with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.


Lead Speaker: Ryota Matsuura
Co-Presenter: Sarah Sword
Co-Presenter: Al Cuoco
Co-Presenter: Miriam Gates

335  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 3GeneralOral PresentationStrand 3

Using Video-Based APPs for Coaching and Professional Development (PD)
Imagine using APPs for coaching observations and for PD! The presentation will highlight available APPs that focus on video-based anytime anywhere learning on your tablet (iPad) or smart phone. The selected APPs will emphasize the common core utilizing video and interactive participation. The coaching APPs will emphasize classroom video which can be shared immediately with teachers to review the observation. The PD APPs include actual video examples and analysis.


Lead Speaker: Gary Bitter
Co-Presenter: Rusen Meylani

359  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
JasperwoodGeneralSpecial Interest GroupStrand 3

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) as Resources for Leaders of Professional Learning
As NCTM's research journal, the JRME has an initiative to improve the linkage between mathematics education research and practice. In particular, NCTM and JRME leadership are seeking ideas about how to improve communication between teachers and researchers, and how we can support the professional learning needs of school districts. Join us in this session to share ideas and challenges related to achieving these goals.


Lead Speaker: Melva Grant
Co-Presenter: Matt Larson
Co-Presenter: Ruth Heaton
Co-Presenter: Jonathan Schulz
Co-Presenter: Anderson Norton

375  3:45 PM to
4:45 PM
JasperwoodGeneralSpecial Interest GroupStrand 3

Urban Teacher Center: An Effective Teacher Every Time in the Era of the Common Core State Standards
An innovative partnership between Urban Teacher Center and Lesley University is training skillful teachers to produce measurable results. The Urban Teacher Center prioritizes the training, evaluation, and placement of an effective teacher every time.


Lead Speaker: Dionn Brown
Co-Presenter: Labonnie Wise