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Strand 5 Sessions -- Monday, April 7, 2014
Strand 5: Strand 5

111  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Grand Salon 15 & 18Intermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

How Do We Meet the Challenge of Getting All Students to Compute with Fractions by the End of Grade Five?
Operations with fractions was a difficult topic at grade six, but now the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for students to add, subtract, multiply, and partially divide fractions by the end of grade five. We will explore the CCSS fractions progression (from grades three through five) and examine how approaches such as Cognitively Guided Instruction are being used to meet this challenging set of standards.


Lead Speaker: Eric Siegel
Co-Presenter: Mark Koester

118  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Proportional Reasoning: It's Much More than Cross-Multiplying
Progressions for Ratios and Proportional Relationships note that proportional reasoning is foundational for further mathematics and an NCTM Research Brief notes that it is one of the most important topics in middle grades mathematics. We will investigate activities from the free, online Scale City ( and the Mathematics Innovations program that develop this deeper understanding of proportionality through reasoning and problem solving, not rote memorization of rules and definitions.


Lead Speaker: Linda Sheffield

123  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Grand Salon Suite BGeneralOral PresentationStrand 5

Developing Teacher Professional Learning Around the Common Core Progressions
This session will give tips and lessons learned from Illustrative Mathematics development of professional learning for teachers around the Common Core State Standards Progressions documents. The session will look at some of the modules developed including videos explaining the content's coherence across grades and domains. Additionally, the session will highlight ways to adapt materials for various professional learning settings including in person, online, weekly or monthly meetings, or summer institutes.


Lead Speaker: Ellen Whitesides

127  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Grand Salon 21 & 24GeneralOral PresentationStrand 5

Using the Progressions of Common Core State Standards to Deepen Teachers' Content Knowledge
Developing an understanding of the progressions drives both the content and instruction of the CCSS. In this session participants will consider professional development institutes designed to engage educators in experiences to enact these standards using the progressions to deepen teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge.


Lead Speaker: Stephanie Martin
Co-Presenter: Cynthia Callard
Co-Presenter: Jane LaVoie

130  10:45 AM to
11:45 AM
Oak AlleyOral PresentationStrand 5

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a New Approach to Fractions: Implications for Teacher Leaders
The CCSS uses unit fractions and the number line to develop core fraction concepts. The CCSS approach, supported by interactive dynamic technology, can bring coherence and consistency to learning fractions across the grades. How can we help teachers shift from traditional practice and understand the nuances of a new approach to teaching fraction progressions, one that holds promise for addressing misconceptions students have had for decades?


Lead Speaker: Gail Burrill
Co-Presenter: Tom Dick

142  12:15 PM to
1:15 PM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Intermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

A District-Wide Partnership Between 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-Grade Teachers to Examine the Progression from Fractions to Ratio and Proportional Reasoning
"These Standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step" (Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, p. 5). As one of the largest districts in Delaware we were determined to ensure our teachers took that next step. We will share our district-wide ongoing professional development model to build the content knowledge of all 4th- through 6th-grade teachers, focusing on Fractions and Proportional Relationships.


Lead Speaker: Eric Shane
Co-Presenter: Jodi Albers
Co-Presenter: Shirley Ellison
Co-Presenter: Lou Mingione

158  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Intermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Division/Multiplication and Length/Area Together in Perfect Harmony: Orchestrating Models in Two Learning Trajectories
Drawing upon U.S. and Singapore mathematics, this session explores the linkages between various models and representations used in Division/Multiplication, and measurement concepts of Length and Area. Using a learning trajectory approach to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teacher leaders can support teachers in making sense of the CCSS' intent and in building students' mathematical understandings of these topics by making coordinated progressions and develop coherent structures and conceptual connections.


Lead Speaker: KoSze Lee
Co-Presenter: Alan Maloney

161  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
Oak AlleyOral PresentationStrand 5

Progressions in Context: Using Units of Study to Explore and Make Sense of the Standards
The writers of the Common Core State Standards have articulated that the standards contain embedded learning progressions. Unfortunately, these progressions typically are not readily visible or easily accessible to teachers. As such, Michigan educators collaborated to develop curriculum resources designed as professional learning tools to support teachers' understanding and use of the progressions. Participants will explore several unit overviews to experience how progressions in context can be utilized to support teacher learning.


Lead Speaker: Dana Gosen
Co-Presenter: Geraldine Devine
Co-Presenter: Valerie Mills
Co-Presenter: Denise Brady
Co-Presenter: Marie Smerigan

164  1:30 PM to
2:30 PM
(PK - 2)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Exploring Addition and Subtraction: Hands-on and Interactive Ideas that Build Both Understanding and Fluency
Developing an understanding of addition and subtraction, as well as fluency with basic addition and subtraction facts, is a central focus of the Common Core State Standards in grades K-2. Discover investigations, discussions, visual models, children's literature, and hands-on explorations that develop an understanding of addition and subtraction while allowing students to explore number strategies and become fluent with basic facts.


Lead Speaker: Susan O''Connell

169  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
Grand Salon 6Middle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Putting the Standards Progressions into Practice
What activities help teachers make sense of the Standards Progressions? Presenters will share the work they have done with 32 school districts in Suburban Cook County to help teachers engage with essential information within the progressions. We will highlight successful techniques that have encouraged teachers to focus on big ideas to prepare grade level units of study.


Lead Speaker: Melanie Wertz
Co-Presenter: Margie Pligge

175  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
JasperwoodOral PresentationStrand 5

A Progression Around Justification: Viable Arguments and Explaining Why
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics spell out several progressions but stops short on the Mathematical Practices. ACT's work in justification using constructed response tasks creates an empirical progression of justification skills across grades. Will this help your teachers with Mathematical Practice 3?


Lead Speaker: Ken Mullen

178  2:45 PM to
3:45 PM
RosedownGeneralSponsor ShowcaseStrand 5

Mathematical Habits of Mind and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice comprise a vision of the mathematical habits of mind we want students and teachers to develop. How can we help teachers and students develop these powerful habits of thinking, reasoning, sense-making, and problem solving? (Based on messages from new book: Smarter Than We Think.)


Lead Speaker: Cathy Seeley

180  3:30 PM to
5:00 PM
MelroseOral PresentationStrand 5

Persevere to Unlock the Core and More
Experience the Common Core State Standards firsthand as a learner with interactive lessons aligned to meet the depth and complexity of the standards. This session will provide opportunities to deconstruct the standards to understand their continuity within and across grade levels. Participants will also examine the vertical articulation of the standards across grade spans. This session will investigate and explore in-depth the first mathematical practice delineated in the standards.


Lead Speaker: Kimberly Stockton
Co-Presenter: Kim Bernard

182  4:00 PM to
5:00 PM
Grand Salon 3Middle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Teach All Fraction Operations with One Simple Rule and Number Sense!
Through questioning and manipulating fraction bars, participants will behave as mathematicians who gather data to search for the patterns that students typically memorize without understanding. Our major goal is to have participants model processes for operations of fractions that lead to the discovery of a common algorithm for all fraction operations when applied with number sense.


Lead Speaker: Yvelyne Germain- McCarthy

Strand 5 Sessions -- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Strand 5: Strand 5

210  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Middle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Moving Towards Consistent Conceptual Mathematics Instruction Across the Grades
Repeated, facilitated practice talking about/presenting mathematical concepts has shown us how difficult it is for teachers to translate the conceptual knowledge made visible with manipulatives to the symbolic representations of the very same concepts. In this session, the mathematical concept of unit will be presented and the work of teachers will be shared to demonstrate progress towards supporting teachers in providing consistent conceptual mathematical instruction across the grades.


Lead Speaker: Ellen Clay

213  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Oak AlleyOral PresentationStrand 5

Visual Models for Fractions: Which Models? Which Standards? How Does It All Come Together to Maximize Student Growth?
The Common Core State Standards emphasize the use of visual models to help students develop an understanding of fraction concepts. Some teachers may not be familiar with this content shift or how to use models and other fraction representations effectively with students. This session informs leaders about the use of visual models in a professional development institute for K-5 teachers that immersed them in learning first-hand about the fractions progression.


Lead Speaker: Corinne Murawski
Co-Presenter: Michael Fierle
Co-Presenter: Andrea Miller
Co-Presenter: Michele Burgess

236  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Ballroom AIntermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

The Common Core State Standards: Operations & Algebraic Thinking (CCSS:OA) Learning Progression-Coherent Visual Models That Support Problem Solving and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
The CCSS:OA specify a learning progression of situational problem types. Participants will discuss and use a set of coherent research-based visual models that show the different problem situations and the varying unknowns. They then will discuss and share how student drawings of these models support the CCSS for Mathematical Practice, summarize particular difficulties in problem solving, and share how leaders can support the OA progression.


Lead Speaker: Karen Fuson

237  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 3Oral PresentationStrand 5

Connecting Fractions and Number Lines Through Length Measurement Models
Participants will engage in a variety of manipulative-based tasks to better understand how length measurement models can support understanding of fraction operations and the number line. As part of a broader research project on spatial measurement, we will share resources we have developed to support our elementary level professional development efforts in connecting measurement to other mathematical strands such as number and operations.


Lead Speaker: Nicholas Gilbertson
Co-Presenter: Jack Smith

242  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 15 & 18Intermediate
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Build Teachers' Fraction Schema for Teaching Anywhere Along the Common Core State Standards Fraction Progressions
Teachers struggle to teach fractions conceptually because they themselves frequently lack the schema for how fractions can be represented and how these various representations behave among the four arithmetic operations. Experience a hands-on professional development sequence that illustrates moving from understanding unit fractions all the way through fraction division using interactive, virtual courseware. Access to online resources will be available to all participants.


Lead Speaker: Erich Zeller

243  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon 21 & 24Oral PresentationStrand 5

Deepening Content Knowledge Through Progressions-Based Professional Development
Leaders will investigate a content-focused professional development (PD) structure that supports development of teaching and learning mathematics. Participants will examine engaging activities from one of Howard County's (MD) 10 PD courses. Participants will gain access to PD resources and a collaborative network designed to enhance our "Common" efforts to improve mathematics instruction.


Lead Speaker: Jennifer Novak
Co-Presenter: Bill Barnes

244  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
(3 - 5)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

Just Invert and Multiply... Can I ask WHY?
Coach your teachers on how to extend their understanding of whole number multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions. Participants will explore various visual models that develop strong conceptual understanding of multiplying and dividing fractions, as well strategies that build fraction number sense and fluency. Everyone will leave with a framework and activites to provide professional development to thier staff.


Lead Speaker: Joan Tellish
Co-Presenter: Melissa Gotard

258  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Salon Suite COral PresentationStrand 5

Helping Teachers See the Bridge from Numbers and Patterns to Algebra and Functions
In 2000, NCTM made algebra a PK-12 content standard, a way of thinking that cuts across all areas of mathematics. In 2010, the Common Core State Standards followed suit with algebraic thinking starting in kindergarten. But today, many elementary teachers still don't see clearly the sequence from early, concrete mathematics to later, abstract mathematics. Come experience some powerful K-8 bridges that connect the dots-pattern, number, operation, expression, equation, ratio, proportion, and function-to algebra.


Lead Speaker: Monica Neagoy

259  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Salon 15 & 18GeneralMeetingStrand 5

NCSM It's TIME Committee Meeting
It's TIME: Themes and Imperatives for Mathematics Education-A Leadership Framework for Common Core Mathematics


Lead Speaker: Steven Leinwand
Co-Presenter: Suzanne Mitchell
Co-Presenter: Gwen Zimmermann
Co-Presenter: Linda Fulmore

Strand 5 Sessions -- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Strand 5: Strand 5

309  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Grand Salon 15 & 18Oral PresentationStrand 5

Seeing is Succeeding: Empowering Coaches with Visual Models to Develop Fact Fluency Based on Understanding and Thinking Strategies
The Common Core State Standards stress the development of thinking strategies before written methods, but students need powerful visuals models to help form a "mind picture" that links to the strategy. This workshop will demonstrate easy-to-make visual aids that coaches can use to help students master all basic fact strategies.


Lead Speaker: James Burnett

313  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Oak AlleyGeneralOral PresentationStrand 5

Leveraging Technology to Motivate and Teach the Standards Progressions
To accelerate learning for struggling students, instruction must focus on the standards progressions. This workshop will focus on leveraging adaptive technology to create an individualized learning path for students that makes sense of what they know so they can apply their understanding and bridge to what they do not know.


Lead Speaker: Marilyn Trow

322  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Grand Salon Suite BMiddle
(6 - 8)
Oral PresentationStrand 5

"What to Expect When You're Expecting"-Preparing Middle School Teachers
Students who have experienced Common Core State Standards-based elementary school instruction will be different than past entering middle school students. Explore what to expect from these students along with ideas for how to help teachers extend students' knowledge through middle school. Authentic classroom videos will be used to ground discussions in best practices.


Lead Speaker: Juli Dixon

340  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Grand Salon Suite COral PresentationStrand 5

Tuning the K-5 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics to Support Early Statistical Reasoning: A Learning Trajectory for Elementary Data and Modeling
With statistics missing in action from the K-5 CCSS, and heavy emphasis on statistics beginning in 6th grade, how can leaders help elementary teachers uncover and make sense of hidden statistics themes and prepare students for middle grade statistics? We present a learning trajectory that unpacks statistics topics in the elementary grades to support teachers' interpretation and implementation of the CCSS, examining development of statistical ideas across grade levels.


Lead Speaker: Dicky Ng
Co-Presenter: Tamar Avineri
Co-Presenter: Alan Maloney

343  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
JasperwoodOral PresentationStrand 5

Accelerated Algebra 1 in the Era of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Mathematically gifted students are often served in middle school by accelerated enrollment in Algebra 1. Under the CCSS, middle school mathematics includes rich and rigorous new content, making this option much more challenging to implement. Changing this practice requires substantial parent education as well as well-differentiated middle school mathematics instruction. Join an educator of gifted students and a former state/district mathematics leader to discuss this issue and share effective strategies.


Lead Speaker: Sara Moore
Co-Presenter: Deborah Bliss

344  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
MagnoliaGeneralTechnology ShowcaseStrand 5

Technology and C-R-A Instruction Using True Manipulatives for RtI. Does It Exist?
Yes it does! Come hear how the best research-based teaching methods are supported with easy to use technology to provide differentiated instruction and proven results for struggling students. A panel of users will share how Moving with Math helped them to increase mathematics achievement in their schools. All participants will receive a free trial of our CCSS-aligned web-based assessment and will be registered to win an i-Pad mini.


Lead Speaker: Nelson Palmer
Co-Presenter: Caryl Pierson
Co-Presenter: Amy Johnson

349  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Ballroom BGeneralMajor SpeakerStrand 5

Jazz Fusion: Uniting Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment, and Teacher Support in a Tablet-Based Environment
Digital system for teaching and learning acts as a curriculum for middle grades. It can have a transformative effect on classrooms by integrating engaging challenges and complex problems that excite and engage the students in the practice of mathematics using rich media elements, offering carefully structured conceptual sequences explicitly built around learning trajectories, providing dynamic tools and interactive applets drawing on affordances of tablets, and being combined with individualized sequences of practice and remediation based on prior data. Tying these together with formative and diagnostic assessments and just-in-time teacher support can help teachers successfully implement the Common Core State Standards. Progress towards these goals is shared.

Dr. Jere Confrey is the Chief Mathematics Officer at Amplify Learning leading the development of the digital middle grades mathematics curriculum. She is on leave as the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. She served on the National Validation Committee on the Common Core Standards. She was Vice Chairman of the Mathematics Sciences Education Board, National Academy of Sciences (1998-2004). She chaired the NRC Committee, which produced On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness, and was a coauthor of NRC's Scientific Research in Education. She was a co-founder of the UTEACH program for Secondary Math and Science teacher preparation program at the University of Texas in Austin, and was the founder of the SummerMath program for young women at Mount Holyoke College and co-founder of SummerMath for Teachers. She is the first author of Function Probe, Precalculus Interactive Diagrams, Graphs N Glyphs and LPP-Sync software and led the development of, a website dedicated to unpacking the Common Core. Dr. Confrey received a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Cornell University.


Lead Speaker: Jere Confrey

356  2:30 PM to
3:30 PM
Grand Salon Suite COral PresentationStrand 5

Developing Geometric Understanding in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Geometry Domain
Geometry instruction under the CCSS has an organization which may be unfamiliar to many elementary teachers. Favorite topics such as circles and transformations are moved to middle school. This session will review the research on van Hiele levels of geometric understanding and examine the ways in which the progression of learning under the CCSS reflects this research. Effective instructional strategies will also be shared.


Lead Speaker: Sara Moore
Co-Presenter: Marguerite Mason

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