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Accomplishments Year 2

 

SEPTEMBER 2004

  • Teacher-in-Residence Melissa Hedges, Math Education professor Hank Kepner, and Mathematics professors Kevin McLeod, Dick Stockbridge, and Craig Guilbault attended a conference in St. Louis entitled Meeting the Mark: The Mathematical Preparation of Middle School Mathematics Teachers. The September 24-25 conference was sponsored by the NSF-funded Connecting Middle School & College Mathematics Project (CM) 2 .

  • The MMP website was launched, including links to all the participating partners and other sites containing information relevant to the MMP grant. The site lists activities and highlights as well as current accomplishments.

  • The UWM Math Department began a weekly Math Education seminar to raise issues concerning the current work in mathematics education throughout the country. Discussions began with consideration of two recent national reports, the Mathematical Education of Teachers (MET) and Adding It Up .

  • An informational poster explaining the MMP grant work was prepared and presented at the all School of Education meeting on September 14.

  • MATC offered Math 275, Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I, a new course developed by MATC and UWM to assure alignment of MATC's course with UWM's course Math 175, providing a seamless mathematics transition for MATC students entering UWM.

  • The Geometry for Elementary Education Majors course was offered for the first time since revision in the fall of 2004. Professor Ric Ancel (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Melissa Hedges (TIR) instructed this class. A class of 27 students explored similarity, spheres, geometry as a measuring tool, the basic techniques used in geometry, rigid motions, and symmetry.

  • Continuing into the new school year, the course Content-Focused Coaching and Leadership: Developing School Teams as Professional Learning Communities for Mathematics will run for 15 Tuesdays. The course began in June 2004 with a summer institute. Designed for K-5 teachers, the course is facilitated by MPS Math Teaching Specialists Janis Freckmann and Lois Womack and UWM professor DeAnn Huinker.

  • During the fall of 2004 UWM is offering two courses for MPS teachers to develop their skills in mathematics. There will be a follow-up to the summer session of Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics for grade 6-12 teachers. Also offered will be Parts 1 & 2 of Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics for K-8 teachers. Part 1 is for teachers new to the course. Part 2 is a continuation of the topic for those who completed Part 1 this past summer.

  • MATC has hired three UWM Math Focus K-8 students from the School of Education and one potential Math Focus student from MATC tutors CUTEP students taking Math 275 and other math courses at MATC.

  • MATC recruited and placed 4 interns in MPS Schools during Fall 2004 and 7 interns during Spring 2005.

  • MATC is creating a photo digest to document student work in connection with the new textbook being utilized in teaching Math 275.

  • Gary Luck and Kevin McLeod, Math faculty at UWM, met with the director of the Tutoring and Academic Resource Center to set up tutoring for Math 175/176 students. They continued to meet throughout the semester, and students who utilized this utility were surveyed at the end of the semester on their reaction to the program.

  • The MMP has initiated relationships with two NSF-funded Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) grantees. MPS principals will be recruited to participate in A Study of Elementary and Middle School Principals' Leadership Content Knowledge in mathematics sponsored by the Education Development Center . The MMP may also collaborate with the University of Michigan 's Motivation Assessment Project utilizing its motivation-related scales for use in evaluating math improvement interventions.

  • Math Teaching Specialists and Teachers-in-Residence met with Drs. Kepner, McLeod, and Huinker to set the agenda for upcoming Math Teacher Leader meetings. The emphasis was on the math section of education plans and on fractions. Presentations by Hank Kepner on fractions and MTS Janis Freckmann on reflective listening were highlights of the session.

  • During the weeks of September 6 and 13 Math Teacher Leader meetings were held for elementary, middle, and high school MTLs.

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    OCTOBER 2004

  • TIRs Sharonda Harris and Melissa Hedges made a presentation on the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework to the staff of Thoreau Elementary School during the October 1 banking day.

  • On the October 1 banking day at Garden Homes Elementary School the literacy coach, the math teacher leader, and MTS Pandora Bedford and MTS Rosann Hollinger worked together to present to the staff a session focusing on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE). The staff took the test and then analyzed some of the test items using “Thinking Classification Levels,” and also discussed their own schools' test data.

  • During the week of October 5-8, first and second year MPS teachers were invited to participate in grade level trainings to deepen their understanding of mathematics instruction. Approximately 150 participants attended. The trainings focused on connecting the Wisconsin State framework descriptors to the MPS learning targets, developing an understanding of the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework, and broadening participants' understanding of assessment.

  • Two representatives of the National Science Foundation came for an annual site visit on October 4 and 5, 2004. Elizabeth VanderPutten and Carole Lacampagne had the opportunity to meet with the principal investigators and key faculty, to discuss mathematics design teams with faculty from UWM and MATC and the TIRs, to have lunch with and be briefed by the TIRs and MTSs concerning their roles, to meet with UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago, to attend a school Learning Team meeting at Milwaukee Sign Language School, to meet with MATC officials and observe teaching of Math 275, “Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I,” to learn about the involvement of the Milwaukee Partnership Academy with its director and UWM deans, to discuss program evaluation with the internal evaluators, the external evaluators from UIUC, and the MMP Steering Committee, and to observe a newly developed UWM course entitled “Geometry for Elementary Education Majors.”

  • In an effort to interest more of its CUTEP students in a math focus, MATC's David Ruszkiewicz developed a math focus chart which shows parallel math courses between UWM and MATC. Students intending to go on to UWM can select MATC courses which will allow them to transfer to UWM and remain on the necessary math track.

  • MATC began compiling a picture file of the Math 275 coursework to assist MATC in further development of the course, as well as help prepare future instructors of the course.

  • Professor Henry Kepner and TIR Dan Lotesto met to implement how the PI-34 state requirements for pre-service teachers correspond to the requirements of MACSTEP for secondary math majors.

  • UWM's MATH 275, 277, and 278 courses were institutionalized as permanent mathematics courses instead of being “topics” in mathematics.

  • Kevin McLeod attended the AMS Committee on Mathematics Education annual conference in Washington , DC October 22 and 23.

  • Tom Geil (MATC) began compiling data on students in Math 275 to evaluate the course's success. Enrolled students come from diverse backgrounds and there were no course prerequisites in this initial offering, so it will be helpful to compare student performance with their transcripts.

  • Henry Kepner attended the School Science and Mathematics Association 2004 Convention, October 21-23. His presentation entitled “Teams of Mathematicians, Teachers, and Math Educators Addressing What Math Teachers Need to Know” describes and analyzes the Design Teams of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and K-12 teachers who are collaborating to improve the mathematical preparation of PK-12 teachers by designing, co-teaching, and revising both content and methods courses.

  • Observations of pre-service teachers in field placements were conducted by TIRs Bernard Rahming and Sharonda Harris, working with Professor Henry Kepner, at eight MPS schools. Discussions were held with students and teachers on questions or concerns they had and to identify and address any potential problems.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held October 13 and 14 for elementary and October 20 for middle school grades. TIRs Bernard Rahming and Sharonda Harris, along with MTSs Beth Schekelker and Pandora Bedford presented topics to increase the content knowledge of current MPS teachers focused on fractions, coaching, and the new Wisconsin State descriptors. The math teacher leaders were presented with a new “script” so they will have a professional development session all ready to deliver to their school's staff in the future. The script dealt with characteristics of problem solving classrooms and included having teachers read and discuss an article from “Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving,” working through a problem, and sharing strategies.

  • MPS Curriculum Specialist Henry Kranendonk, Math Teacher Specialist Pandora Bedford, and Teacher-in-Residence Sharonda Harris spoke at the National Coalition of ESEA Title 1 Parents, Inc.: ”No Parent Left Behind EQUALS No Child Left Behind” Conference. Topics for the sessions included “Mathematics and Children's Literature: The Natural Connection” and “Using Community Involvement for Quality Education.”


  • An MMP conference on the University of Wisconsin System Mathematics Placement Examination was held on October 28, 2004 . There were 14 area high school teachers in attendance representing suburban public and private schools and City of Milwaukee public and private schools as well as representatives from MATC, UW-Milwaukee, and the UW System. The conference provided a firsthand look at the Early Mathematics Placement Test (EMPT) and information about the UW System Mathematics Placement Test (UWSMPT). Participants had the opportunity to actually take the EMPT and to meet with the developers of the exams to discuss the overall objectives of the tests. There was also a discussion of how UWM uses the results of the Placement Examination to determine placement into its courses. Participants shared insights into how to prepare students so that the results of the UWSMPT demonstrate what students know about algebra and trigonometry.

  • An informational poster explaining the MMP grant work and activities was displayed at the UWM Open House on October 29-30.

  • MATC developed a Mathematics Focus Area Flyer for MATC students, interested in K-8 education, describing courses to complete before transferring to UW-Milwaukee. This flyer helps students choose an area of focus and aids students in enrolling in parallel courses to avoid credit transfer issues.

  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

  • Henry Kranendonk and MTS Rosann Hollinger presented a workshop on assessment at West Bend school district.

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    NOVEMBER 2004

  • Tom Geil and David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) met with math focus tutors Tom McShane, Cara Allen, and Alycia Booker (UWM) to discuss their tutoring placements. In addition, topics such as course work, tutoring students for the PPST exam and skills test, etc. were discussed.

  • On November 4 and 18 the MMP offered a follow-up mathematics training session for first and second year elementary teachers. To ensure effective mathematics instruction, and to follow PI-34 requirements, new teachers were encouraged to bring their mentors. At each session, enrollment was limited to 30 participants.

  • David Ruszkiewicz began to sort incoming freshman/sophomore mathematics placement data on MATC's math placement test called the Accuplacer. He compiled data from 2004 and organized it by district and school. Data from MPS will be compared with data outside of MPS. Currently baseline and norm data are being established for MATC regarding information obtained from the Accuplacer.

  • Questions were developed by David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) and Melissa Hedges (TIR) to be reviewed by the IRB for students in the Math 275 course. Pre- test measures will be administered in the spring as soon as these questions are approved by the IRB. A post-test will be administered later in the semester.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held November 13 and 17. Topics discussed involved fractions and linear thinking/measurement as they relate to the learning targets.

  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

  • At the Foundation Levels Network meeting held on November 30 at Central Services attendees were presented with information about the TI-84 graphing calculator. This meeting was led by Henry Kranendonk (MPS) and presenters were Bernard Turner, the Texas Instruments regional Educational Technology Consultant from Chicago, and Milton Norm, a technology teacher who was the principal presenter. Despite the teachers' various levels of familiarity with this type of calculator, they remained focused throughout the entire session by raising issues that had been a problem for them when using the calculators in the classroom and identifying areas in using the calculator that may be problematic for students.

  • The Data Analysis follow-up course and three sections of the Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics course continued.

  • Meghan Steinmeyer and Melissa Hedges took the Praxis II Exam to identify first-hand the mathematics knowledge that pre-service teachers should be learning in the courses taught at UWM.

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    DECEMBER 2004

  • During Learning Team Week (December 6-10, 2004) teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools throughout MPS attended presentations at Andrew Douglas Community Academy on classroom assessments and their relationship with mathematics and reading instruction. Presentations on Classroom Assessment Based on Standards (CABS), thinking and communicating in math, evaluating math through writing, the roles of learning teams, and learning targets were presented by Curriculum Specialists, Mathematics Teaching Specialists, Teachers-in-Residence, UWM Mathematicians, and Literacy Specialists. Individuals from Wisconsin 's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) were present to provide information about the WKCE-CRT statewide assessment.

  • The IHE Network offered a Math Colloquium entitled, “The Mathematics Education of Teachers: One Example of an Evolving Partnership Between Mathematicians and Mathematics Educations”, presented by Gail Burrill from Michigan State University . This was presented to over 40 mathematicians and educators from 10 Milwaukee area colleges and universities. Gail Burrill, the Former Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council and past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, discussed her secondary mathematics majors course and the successes and challenges in developing it, co-teaching procedures, and sample math problems from the course.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met with MPS representatives regarding data collection and use of teacher identification numbers. The NSF requires a great deal of information on teachers participating in the MMP. Often, basic information on the teachers must be combined with more specific information from a separate database. This requires a common data field for matching purposes. The resolution appeared to be an ID number that is “scrambled” by MPS in a consistent fashion across all pertinent databases. This will allow the grant to meet its reporting requirements without jeopardizing the privacy of any individuals involved.

  • At the monthly High School Math Department Chairs meeting and the Math Teacher Leader meeting for High School Diversified, Small & Charter Schools there was discussion concerning the Math Action Plans and the Mini-Grant program. School Learning Teams must develop a plan that describes proposed activities and show how those activities will support the math related work of the Learning team and/or promote the professional learning of teachers in mathematics. The MMP will provide funds to implement the Plans in support of a distributed leadership model centered on school-based professional learning communities. The Mini-Grants, for schools that have approved Math Action Plans, are $1000-$3000 awarded for the purpose of advancing quality professional development experiences for teachers and administrators in support of the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework.

  • Eric Key of UWM and David Ruszkiewicz of MATC completed the questions for the arithmetic portion of the high school “warm-up” for the college math placement exam. The “warm-up” can be used by high schools to help prepare students for the placement exam. A pilot is being done in conjunction with staff and students at Rufus King High School . David and Eric have also begun to work on the geometry section.

  • MATC is working on putting a sample of its placement exam online to expose more students to the types of questions that are asked. This will be an interactive application.

  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

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    JANUARY 2005

  • The course Mathematical Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Elementary Education Majors was offered in the spring semester. This course was originally developed by an MMP design team and piloted in spring 2004. The same design team revised the course based on the initial experience. The course seeks to build a strong foundation for the teaching and communication of mathematical concepts by the hands-on development of critical thinking skills via problem solving experiences. Professor Richard O'Malley, math educator Kelly Kaiser, and TIR Sharonda Harris are teaching the course.

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy launched its newsletter Connections in January. The initial issue included an article on the MMP, talking about Learning Teams, Math Action Plans, and Mini-Grants.

  • Math Teaching Specialists Rosann Hollinger and Angela Ford presented “Closing the Achievement Gap: Keeping the Focus in the Classroom” at the DPI New Wisconsin Promise Conference. At this same conference Teachers-in-Residence Sharonda Harris, Melissa Hedges, and Bernard Rahming presented “High Quality Mathematics Instruction for All: The Milwaukee Public Schools Comprehensive Mathematics Framework.” Henry Kranendonk, MPS Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, also presented “Alignment of Curriculum and Learning Targets”.

  • At the High School Math Department Chairs meeting Eric Key and David Ruszkiewicz presented the college math placement exam “warm-up” that they have developed to be used by high schools to help prepare students for the placement exam. Much of the arithmetic and algebra portions are complete. They are working on adding geometry and trigonometry questions.

  • At the Foundations Pilot Proficiency meeting great progress was made toward identifying problems within the existing curricula in terms of alignment with learning targets and state standards. A codebook or set of specifications for each curriculum is being compiled that lists assessment models and the targets and standards they address. This will allow teachers to understand the targets and standards better and will identify areas that are not being covered currently. The group also discussed the need to create an 8 th grade profile assessment for all students entering the 9 th grade.

  • All four teachers-in-residence took part in a presentation before the Milwaukee Partnership Academy Board of Directors. They discussed the roles and responsibilities of the TIR in the MMP program and the benefits of their efforts to MPS, UWM, and MATC. They also provided a general overview of the MMP program and accomplishments.

  • State School Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster spoke at the UWM School of Education Education strategy Series. Afterward, Henry Kranendonk, Math Teaching Specialists, and TIRs presented her with information about the MMP grant including an overview of the grant's accomplishments, learning teams, the role of MTSs and TIRs, MPS Learning Targets and their relationship to state standards and descriptors, and the new WKCE-CRT exam.

  • At the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Ninth Annual Conference, UWM Professors DeAnn Huinker, Kevin McLeod, and Henry Kepner, accompanied by TIR Sharonda Harris, presented “Distributed Leadership for Mathematics: Bringing Together District, School and University Leadership to Support Highly Qualified Teachers”. Professor Huinker also participated in a presentation entitled “Problems to Deepen the Mathematical Understanding of Preservice Elementary Teachers”.

  • On January 25 and 26 MPS held its Literacy Showcase. Approximately 100 Literacy Coaches and Math Teacher Leaders attended one of the two days. Some of the math sessions that were presented included “Beyond Family Math Night”, describing methods to keep parents informed and involved, “A True Dynamic Duo: Math Teacher Leader and Literacy Coach”, how the two can work together to strengthen the literacy/mathematics connection, “A Day in the Life of a Math Teacher Leader”, “Using CABS That Provide Student Opportunities to Demonstrate Communication Skills and reasoning in Mathematics”, and “Math Camp: One School's Approach to Reach Low Achieving Students”.

  • MATC began offering Math 276, Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II, a new course developed by MATC and UWM to assure alignment of MATC's course with UWM's course Math 176, providing a seamless mathematics transition for MATC students entering UWM.

  • MATC has adopted Math 206, Issues in Contemporary Mathematics, a new course developed by MATC and UWM to assure alignment of MATC's course with UWM's course Math 106. MATC will begin offering Math 206 in the fall semester 2005.

  • TIR Dan Lotesto presented sessions to the MPS High School Guidance and English Department Chairs on changes in the Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing portions of the SAT Exam, which went into effect for students graduating high school in 2006.

  • MATC changed the A.A. degree requirements to parallel UWM's GER requirements. The A.A. degree requirement for mathematics will now be Math 200, Intermediate Algebra or Math 275 & 276, Math for Elementary Teachers I & II, for K-8 CUTEP Students. The A.S. degree will remain with mathematics requirement of Math 231, Calculus I.

  • David Ruszkiewicz hired math focus tutor Megan Mizer from UWM to tutor CUTEP students in math for the spring semester.

  • MMP Key Personnel attended and presented a poster session on the MMP efforts at building teacher's content knowledge in mathematics at the National Science Foundation's Math-Science Partnership Learning Conference in Washington , DC , January 31 and February 1.

  • The Math Department continued meeting for the Mathematics Education Seminar began in the fall.

  • MTS's Pandora Bedford and Rosann Hollinger did a banking day workshop on assessment for the staff at Grantosa Elementary.

  • TIR Melissa Hedges traveled to Washington , DC to receive intensive training on the “Thinking About Mathematics Instruction” project that MMP is co-sponsoring with EDC.

  • January 31, 2005 - An overview of the board-adopted elementary mathematics curriculum, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space was held. The session was open to new teachers and any teacher needing a refresher on the pedagogy and use of the curriculum. Eighty-nine (89) teachers, Kindergarten through grade five were in attendance. The two and one-half hour session was facilitated by Math Teaching Specialists Lois Womack and Beth Schefelker, with assistance from MTS, Pandora Bedford, and TIR Sharonda Harris. Information presented included: history and background of the program in MPS, goals of the curriculum, pacing, components of the program, the teacher's role, and assessment.
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    FEBRUARY 2005

  • Planning has begun on the Capstone Course. This course for prospective high school math teachers will be an opportunity for these prospective teachers to look deeply at the fundamental ideas of mathematics, to connect topics that students often see as unrelated, and to develop important mathematical habits of mind. The course will connect logically to the course work in mathematics education as well as making a strong positive contribution to the mathematical understanding and pedagogical skills needed by all successful teachers of high school mathematics. The Design Team consists of Kevin McLeod (Math), Hank Kepner (Math Education), and Dan Lotesto (Teacher-in-Residence).

  • Forty-three teachers from 24 elementary schools attended the Grades 3-5 Mathematics Pilot Assessment Committee meeting. This was the beginning of a process that will develop assessment models linked to grade level learning targets and state descriptors. It was also the beginning of discussion regarding how the assessments should be used to review student progress and to improve intervention strategies that impact student learning.

  • The Middle Grades Mathematics Assessment Pilot Committee met to initiate efforts toward the development of an assessment model for the middle grades (6-8). This will include alignment with MPS grade level learning targets and state descriptors as well as the development of a protocol for studying student work.

  • David Ruszkiewicz of MATC hires three new interns from the CUTEP program to serve in MPS classrooms. The interns assist in classroom instruction while gaining invaluable classroom teaching experience. This brings to seven the total number of CUTEP interns now placed in MPS classrooms.

  • Seventeen high school math department chairs attended their monthly meeting to discuss AP networking, a transition student profile assessment for students transitioning into new school situations (i.e. middle school to high school), the importance of maintaining data on professional development activities, collection of final exam samples for review, and information on Year 2 Action Plans and Mini-Grants.

  • MPS Math Curriculum Specialist Henry Kranendonk and Math Teaching Specialist Rosann Hollinger initiated an 8 th Grade Math Profile Assessment Committee to support students in math as they enter high school. The Committee will create and pilot a profile assessment of 8 th graders' achievement related to the learning targets which will then give 9 th grade teachers a preview of the students' strengths and challenges.

  • Several sections of Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics , Part 1 and Part 2, were offered to MPS K-8 teachers and administrators. This 1 credit course examined strategies for developing students' ability to communicate their mathematical reasoning both orally and in writing.

  • Math Teacher Leaders from elementary and middle schools met to discuss a number of items, but primarily the understanding of fractions. The presentation on fractions was intended to push the MTLs' current knowledge of fractions deeper, encourage them to think about rational numbers, and explore thought patterns. The day's exercise included the use of examples of student work and required the participants to evaluate the work as a means of establishing a protocol for classifying student understanding and giving feedback to students.

  • The Foundations Pilot Proficiency meeting, led by Henry Kranendonk and Angela Ford, continued work on the development of learning target specifications and a definition of proficiency. The groups' homework assignment was to administer a series of prepared questions to their students to provide work samples for the next meeting. Also, the group was to bring back additional specifications on learning targets.

  • At the Foundation Levels Network meeting participants were given sample WKCE-CRT open-ended questions for analysis, went on a graphing calculator scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with various calculator functions, and explored the connections between geometry and algebra.

  • As a direct result of the Investigations Overview in January, six follow-up sessions were conducted. Teachers were able to attend three (3) follow-up sessions. The grade level specific sessions were held during the months of February and March, and were facilitated by MPS district teacher leaders. The sessions were held at school sites, Townsend Elementary and Hawley Environmental School . Information presented included: how to plan and deliver daily lessons, looking at student work, games and choice time, routines and ten-minute math, homework. The sessions will provide other teachers with practical tips and useful information for effective implementation of the curriculum.

  • David Ruszkiewicz of MATC and Eric Key of UWM continued work on the placement exam “warm-up,” designed to help high school students prepare for the college placement exam. Dave and Eric are now working with Lara Maly at Bradley Tech to pilot the “warm-up.” This is in addition to a pilot already launched at Rufus King High School .

  • Design Team work has begun on Algebraic Structures for Elementary Education Majors. This course is intended to provide a higher level understanding of the basic patterns and rules which govern everything from number systems to geometric transformations to the manipulation of polynomial expressions. The team consists of Craig Guilbault (Math), Hank Kepner (Math Education), and Connie Laughlin (Teacher).

  • David Ruszkiewicz of MATC has developed transfer sheets for all MATC math courses describing their transferability to University of Wisconsin system schools. These have been made available to CUTEP advisors so that students moving from the two-year institution to a four-year program can be advised accordingly.

  • MPS is awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide Mathematics Fellowships for Middle Grade Teachers . Selected math fellows will be able to enroll at no cost in four UWM Department of Mathematical Sciences courses developed specifically for K-8 teachers. The courses include Problem Solving, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Algebraic Structures.

  • MATC's David Ruszkiewicz compared objectives of the University of Wisconsin system placement test with those of the MATC Accuplacer placement test and identifies gaps that need to be addressed to provide improved compatibility.

  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

  • MATC's David Ruszkiewicz began a longitudinal study of data collection for previous CUTEP graduates compared to future CUTEP graduates under the new institutional changes and graduation requirements.

  • A Teacher Leader Focus Group began the first of 5 sessions working with MTS's Lois Womack and Janis Freckmann to enhance pedagogical knowledge in math and leadership skills.

  • Hank Kepner and Rosann Hollinger presented a session in Madison for Southern Wisconsin Educational inservice organization titled “Significant mathematics for all students-A middle school and high school reality.”

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    MARCH 2005

  • David Ruszkiewicz of MATC hired two new interns from the CUTEP program to serve in MPS classrooms. The interns assist in classroom instruction while gaining invaluable classroom teaching experience. This brings to six the total number of CUTEP interns now placed in MPS classrooms.

  • MATC's David Ruszkiewicz, Kim Farley, and Dan Rezel completed recruitment brochures for mathematics education and CUTEP, to be distributed to MPS high school guidance departments.

  • David Ruszkiewicz and Tom Geil (MATC) met with math focus tutors Megan Mizer, Cara Allen, and Alycia Booker (UWM) to discuss their tutoring placements. In addition, topics such as course work, tutoring students for the PPST exam and skills test, etc. were discussed.

  • David Ruszkiewicz of MATC presents “Transition to College Mathematics” topic to K-12 Wisconsin Mathematics Council Issues Committee.

  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

  • PRAXIS workshops were held for CUTEP students preparing for the mathematics portion of the PPST, coordinated by David Ruszkiewicz.

  • MATC Math Department meets with representatives from McGraw-Hill to discuss implementation of ALEKS into mathematics curriculum.

  • Graphing calculator seminars were taught by TIR Dan Lotesto, MTSs Angela Ford-Patton and Rosann Hollinger, and UWM faculty Henry Kepner to MPS middle and high school mathematics teachers. Participants chose to attend “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, or “Advanced” sessions depending on their experience using graphing calculators.

  • MTS Rosann Hollinger and TIR Bernard Rahming began a Middle Grades Focus Group on Connected Mathematics to build skills in using the MPS-adopted curriculum.

  • Henry Kepner, Henry Kranendonk, and Lois Womack participated in a Department of Public Instruction (DPI)/ CTB McGraw-Hill workshop involving reviewing items for the new Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE-CRT). The process involved reviewing items for mathematics portion, grades 3 through 8, of the WKCE-CRT.

  • Math Teacher Leader meeting was held March 9 and 10 and focused on fractions, reasoning, and interpreting CABS (Classroom assessments aligned to the Milwaukee Public Schools' Learning Targets).

  • Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics , Parts 1 and 2, continued meeting through April.

  • Math Faculty Kevin McLeod and Hank Kepner began a series of Saturday workshops for high school teachers called “Bringing Back the Rigor in Mathematics (Without the Drill and Kill). The first session on March 19 addressed Descarte's Algebra-Geometry Connection.

  • An informational session was held to answer questions and begin recruiting for the “Mathematics Fellowships for Middle Grades Teachers” grant recently awarded to MPS.

  • MTS Rosann Hollinger presented "Best Practices for Mathematics" for the middle grades math teachers of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on their Math Curriculum Day.

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    APRIL 2005

  • Several MMP Staff attend and present sessions at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics joint annual meeting in Anaheim , California:
    • Dan Lotesto presented with Wanda Bussey, one of the MPS high school math department chairs, on “IB and AP Mathematics- Two Roads to Urban Students' Success in Rigorous Math”.

    • Janis Freckmann presented “Using Students' Conversations to Launch Effective Written Responses.”

    • Lois Womack presented “Borrow No More! Making Sense of Subtraction.”

    • Sharonda Harris and Beth Schefelker presented “Pizza and Brownies! Can We Really Learn Fractions without Food!”

    • DeAnn Huinker, Sharonda Harris, Beth Schefelker, and Pandora Bedford presented “Distributed Leadership for Mathematics: Bringing together District, School, and University Leadership to Support Highly Qualified Teachers.”

    • Henry Kepner, Lois Womack, and Melissa Hedges presented “Framing District Reform: How an Urban District Uses a Comprehenisve Math Framework for Aligning Learning Targets with Classroom Assessments.”

    • Janis Freckmann and key personnel from Zablocki Elementary School pres ented “Learning Team Model in an Urban District.”

    • Kim Farley from MATC also attended the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conference.
  • Site visits were conducted by David Ruskiewicz (MATC) to the schools in MPS where CUTEP math interns have been placed this semester.

  • An informational session was held to answer questions and begin recruiting for the “Mathematics Fellowships for Middle Grades Teachers” grant recently awarded to MPS.

  • The second Saturday workshop in the “Bringing Back the Rigor in Mathematics (Without the Drill and Kill)” was held on April 16 on sequences and series.

  • TIR Dan Lotesto and Math Faculty Kepner and McLeod presented an Advanced Placement Calculus Exam Review Session targeted to MPS high school students and teachers on April 23.

  • All Math Teacher Leaders converged in a meeting on April 20 where a guest presenter, Dr. Glenda Lappan, shared a lecture on the Connected Math Project Two: Grade Six Operations with Fractions” .

  • MPS Principals that agreed to participate in the “Thinking about Mathematics Instruction” project through EDC began stage 1, completion of the preliminary survey. The project will continue with courses this fall and last through next year.

  • April 13, 2005 - An all day seminar was held for MPS educational assistants. Assistants signed up to take courses in Writing, Reading, and Mathematics. Three (3) mathematics courses were held: It's All About the Data: Collecting, Representing, Interpreting, Summarizing, and Evaluating; The Buzz About the Basics: Strategies for Helping Students Learn Basic Facts; Students Can Handle the Numbers: Adding and Subtracting Larger Numbers. The courses were facilitated by Henry Kranendonk and Math Teaching Specialists, Beth Schefelker, Janis Freckmann, Pandora Bedford, Lois Womack ; TIR's Bernard Rahming, Melissa Hedges, and Sharonda Harris; Meghan Steinmeyer, UWM, and MTL Barbara Rehagen. A similar seminar will be held in May for middle school educational assistance, led by Rosann Hollinger.
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    MAY 2005

  • Several MMP Staff attended and presented sessions at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council's Annual Meeting at Green Lake:
    • “Building the Mathematics Content Teachers Need to Know” by Henry Kepner, Ric Ancel, Melissa Hedges, Sharonda Harris, Bernard Rahming

    • "Mathematics and Children's Literature: The Natural Connection” by Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris.

    • Pizza and Brownies! Can we Really Teach Fractions Without Food” by Beth Schefelker, Sharonda Harris.

    • The Mathematics Education of High School Teachers: An Evolving Partnership Between Mathematics and Mathematics Educators” by Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Gail Burrill, Dan Lotesto.

    • “Using Student Work to Engage in Purposeful Class Discussion” by DeAnn Huinker and Janis Freckman.

    • “Spatial Ability: The Critical Link” by Beth Schefelker, Meghan Steinmeyer, Melissa Hedges.

    • “Why Choose A Standards-Based Program?” by Rosann Hollinger, Connie Laughlin, and associates.

    • “A Student's College Placement Challengers: Seeking a More Successful Transition to College Mathematics” by Eric Key, David Ruszkiewicz, and associates.

    • “Reluctant Learners and Meaningful Mathematics: They Do Mix!” by Henry Kranendonk and associates.

    • “Navigating Through Probability with Paul Molitor! (A Hall of Fame Problem)” by Henry Kranendonk.
  • David Ruszkiewicz and Tom Geil of MATC bring nine CUTEP students to attend the conference. In addition, MMP paid for registration fees and a substitute teacher to cover classrooms of Math Teacher Leaders that attended the conference. Over 100 MTLs were in attendance.

  • Dr. Kepner facilitated a discussion on Standards-Based Mathematics Instruction Strategies for K-8 Preservice teachers on May 11 as part of the IHE Network for Mathematics.

  • The Math Teaching Specialists prepared several sessions for the MPS Learning Team week, May 23-27.
  • Eric Key (UWM) and David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) completed the geometry placement preparation packets. These booklets, containing practice problems to be used as warm-up activities with MPS students, were one of a two part series.

  • “You Do the Math” brochures were created by David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) as part of an effort to recruit students in MPS for teacher certification programs at MATC and UWM.


  • “Preparing for the MATC Placement Test” brochures were sent to MPS guidance counselors and math department chairs to pass out to students who are preparing to take the MATC placement tests.
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    JUNE 2005

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on June 2 nd and June 9 th. Topics included fractions, strategies for effective Ed Plans, WKCE data analysis, and Mini-grant success stories. Drs DeAnn Huinker, Kevin McLeod, and Henry Kepner presented the topic Teaching for Understanding Division with Fractions.

  • Ten Representatives of the National Science Foundation came for an annual site visit on June 8 th - 10 th. They had the opportunity to meet with the principal investigators and key faculty from UWM, MATC and MPS to discuss and evaluate ongoing projects and activities associated with the MMP.

  • Fifty-four MPS teachers are working to complete the Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers. Participants will complete 12-19 university mathematics credits to earn either a MPS Mathematics Certificate or MCEA (Grades 1-8) Mathematics Minor from UWM. Courses include Mathematical Problem Solving, Geometry, Discrete Probability and Statistics, and Algebraic Structures. Co-sponsored by MMP and DPI Title IIB grant.

  • A Master’s Degree cohort in Mathematics Education started on June 20, 2005. A group of graduate students began coursework to complete a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. Their anticipated graduation date is Spring 2007.

  • Approximately 34 MPS teachers participated in the Distributed Leadership in Mathematics Project. Course content focused on the development of coaching skills in K-5 teachers in order to facilitate collegial conversations in mathematics at the school level. These conversations will focus on effective teaching, learning, and assessment of mathematics, and the alignment of instructional practice to district learning targets in mathematics.

  • Eleven MPS teachers participated in the course Number and Computation Development – Kindergarten. Participants examined how students build their understanding of number and number relationships and how they begin to use their growing understanding of the number system to solve computation problems.

  • Eight MPS teachers participated in Number and Computation Development Grades 3-5 was offered to MPS teachers during the week of June 20-23, 2005. The course examined how students build their understanding of numbers and number relationships and how they begin to use their growing understanding of the number system to develop strategies for the operations.

  • Twenty MPS teachers enrolled in Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data was offered during the last two weeks of June. The focus of the course was to encourage participants to develop a deeper understanding of how children think about and make sense of data concepts across grade levels, as well as explore the ways in which students work with the collection, representation, description, and interpretation of data.

  • Eight MPS teachers participated in Number and Computation Development Grades 1-2 on June 27, 28, and 29, 2005. Sharonda Harris, Teacher in Residence, taught the course which was designed to examine how students build their understanding of numbers and number relationships and how they begin to use their growing understanding of the number system to develop strategies for the operations.

  • Eleven MPS teachers participated in Communication & Reasoning Part 1, running from June 27 th through July 1 st. The course was designed to examine the best practices that support written and oral communication in the classroom. Course content focused on strategies that support written communication in mathematics, practices that support students’ ability to communicate reasoning in mathematics and making sure these are aligned with the comprehensive literacy framework.

  • Eric Key (UWM) and David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) completed the algebra placement preparation book. This is the second part of a two book sequence designed for MPS students preparing to take college placement exams.
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    JULY 2005

  • Approximately 9 MPS teachers attended a high school redesign seminar for seven days, July 11 th, 12 th, and 18 th – 22 nd. Dr. Henry Kepner, Henry Kranendonk and Angela Ford Patton conducted the seminar to examine Learning Targets, the connections of targets to Wisconsin State Standards and to the Wisconsin Assessment Framework, and the significance of classroom assessments in daily mathematics instruction.

  • Twenty-six MPS teachers participated in Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation Grades 3-8. This course looks at the development of rational number ideas: understanding fraction concepts, comparisons, and equivalencies and developing computational strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Participants will learn ways to use representations, such as number lines and area models, to enhance their instruction of fractions. Instructors: Connie Laughlin and Bernard Rahming

  • Nineteen MPS teachers participated in Communication & Reasoning Part 1, running from July 11-15. The course examined the best practices that support written and oral communication in the classroom. Course content focused on strategies that support written communication in mathematics, practices that support students’ ability to communicate reasoning in mathematics and making sure these are aligned with the comprehensive literacy framework.

  • On July 1st, David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) presented placement test materials and data to the Wisconsin Math Council in Sauk City, WI.

  • 47 schools within the MATC district were contacted to inform them of the availability of new college placement exam preparation and recruitment materials for students.
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