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Accomplishments Year 3

August 2005

  • The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership kicked off the year for Math Teacher Leaders on August 24-25, 2005. 142 Math Teacher Leaders attended the Math Teacher Leader (MTL) Institute at Bradley Technology and Trade School. The content focus for this conference was algebra. Breakout sessions on Wednesday, August 24 th covered topics on reading in mathematics, problem solving, algebraic thinking and the exploration of 2004 WKCE Data in relation to district learning targets and the Wisconsin Assessment Framework. Sessions on Thursday, August 25 th focused on constructing CABS, rubric scoring, MTL Roadmap and Atlas and the WKCE.

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Mathematics Network Conference, August 25 & 26, held at Carroll College. Attended by approximately 80 participants from 22 four-year and two-year colleges and universities, three school districts, and two State agencies. Featured speakers were Dr. Hyman Bass and Dr. Deborah Ball from the University of Michigan. Topics included mathematical knowledge needed for teaching, the relevance of mathematical knowledge for teaching to instructional quality and student learning, and the role and significance of definitions in mathematics instruction.

  • All MPS high school math department chairs received their copies of the math placement preparation books that were constructed by Eric Key (UWM) and David Ruszkiewicz (MATC). This demonstrated a big step forward in the transition to college math process.

September 2005

  • The first issue of “The MMP Messenger” is disseminated. The Messenger is a one-page, oneside newsletter that serves as a link from the MMP leadership to school-based leadership, particularly to principals. It summarizes the topics examined at the monthly MTL meetings and provides professional development ideas and follow-up suggestions to schools. The first issue focused on the August MTL Kick-Off topics of analyzing WKCE data, using CABS, and beginning the this year’s content journey on algebra. The Messenger continued to be published monthly throughout the school year for a total of 10 issues.

  • Mathematics faculty, Mathematics Education faculty, Teachers-in-Residence and graduate students reconvened a weekly Math Education seminar in the UWM Department of Mathematical Sciences. Various topics about mathematics education will be discussed throughout the semester.

  • MATC offers Math 275, Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I, this fall as a new course developed by MATC and UWM to assure alignment of MATC’s course with UWM’s course Math 175, providing a seamless math transition for MATC students entering UWM.

  • UWM offers MATH 277 Geometry for Elementary Education Majors in Fall 2005. Design team includes Ric Ancel (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Melissa Hedges (TIR). They met throughout the semester to continue revising and evaluating course activities. The class explored similarity, spheres, geometry as a measuring tool, the basic techniques used in geometry, rigid motions, and symmetry.

  • UWM Math 278 Discrete Probability and Statistics for Elementary Education Majors course in Fall 2005. Design team includes Richard Stockbridge and Gary Luck (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Bernard Rahming (TIR).

  • A math study group was established as one of the offerings at the monthly MPS Principal meeting. A group of approximately 20 principals are meeting for about 1.5 hours each month. The study group is facilitated by Henry Kranendonk, MPS Mathematics Curriculum Specialist.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held September 27 and 29 for elementary and middle school MTLs. Approximately 115 MPS Math Teacher Leaders attended seminars that focused on algebraic thinking and reasoning aligned with MPS Targets and Descriptors, problem solving, developing and assessing CABS, unpacking the WKCE, networking and school leadership.

  • Approximately 20 high school math department chairs met on September 27 to discuss upcoming MMP projects for the 2005-2006 school year. These projects include Learning Target revisions, a transition assessment pilot designed to prepare students for college placement testing, and continuing development of the 8th/9th Grade Assessment Pilot activities.

  • A High School Mathematics Assessment Pilot meeting was held on September 21 to establish goals for the school year. Goals include revisions of Learning Targets, creation of intermediate level Learning Targets, revisions of the resource guide, creation of geometry CABS and mentoring new math teachers in the district. MPS school visits were conducted and will continue throughout the school year.

  • MATC established a math internship program in MPS schools for its prospective teachers and has recruited and hired seven TEP students as math interns.

  • MATC hired UWM students with MCEA math teaching minors to tutor teacher education students at MATC.

  • David Ruszkiewicz (MATC) began mentoring an MPS teacher at the Carver Academy of Mathematics. Site visits were conducted and will continue throughout the school year.

  • The Math Fellowship Program offered the following courses in Fall 2005 to its participating teachers: MATH 275 Mathematical Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, MATH 278 Discrete Probability and Statistics, and MATH 277 Geometry.

  • The Distributed Leadership in Mathematics Project began in June 2005 with a summer institute and continues throughout the school year approximately meeting twice per months. Designed for K-8 teachers, the project is facilitated by MPS Math Teaching Specialists Janis Freckmann, Lois Womack, Pandora Bedford, and UWM Professor DeAnn Huinker.

  • The Master’s Cohort in Mathematics Education continued their coursework in the areas of CURRINS 626 Principles and Practices of Teaching Geometry and Geometric Thinking and CURRINS 705 Curriculum and Instruction as a Field of Inquiry.

  • The MMP has initiated relationships with two NSF-funded Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) grantees. MPS principals have been 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 is also collaborating with the University of Michigan’s Motivation Assessment Project utilizing its motivation-related scales for use in evaluating math improvement interventions.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on September 12. DeAnn Huinker previewed the work of the MMP for the year and reported on the August MTL Kickoff and IHE Network conferences.

  • The MPA Partners quarterly meeting was held on September 19. Kevin McLeod reported that significant gains were shown in fractions content knowledge following the focus in that area during the past year among the Math Teacher Leaders, that algebra will the content focus for this year, and that work on high school to college transition will continue.

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OCTOBER 2005

  • During Fall 2005, UWM offered professional development courses for MPS teachers to deepen their knowledge and improve their teaching practice in mathematics. Tuition is waived for teachers through the MMP. The courses began in October: Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics: Part 1 (2 sections) and Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics: Part 2 (1 section) for K-8 teachers. Approximately 79 MPS teachers and administrators gained insight on practices that support students’ ability to communicate mathematical reasoning that are aligned with the comprehensive literacy and mathematic frameworks.

  • The Lenses on Learning: Instructional Leadership in Mathematics course began in October with 15 MPS principals. The course is being offered through UWM and continues throughout the school year. Tuition is waived for participants. The course is part of the collaboration with the EDC study of principals leadership content knowledge for mathematics. It is being taught by Sharonda Harris, Teacher-in-Residence, and Astrid Fossum, MPS Teacher. The focus of the course is on developing the capacity to discern the features of a classroom that are central for student learning.

  • On October 5, the MMP goals for Year 3 were discussed at the MPS Principals Meeting. DeAnn Huinker and Henry Kranendonk (MPS) shared plans to expand and develop the leadership roles of the Math Teacher Leaders. The presenters also covered the goals of this years MTL meetings as well as issues related to mathematical content on standardized testing.

  • On October 7, the MMP Steering Committee met to review plans and priorities for the year.

  • On October 14, the IHE Math Network co-hosted a Math Colloquium with Marquette University featuring Dr. Deborah Hughes-Hallett, University of Arizona, as the featured speaker. Sessions included a calculus lesson demonstration, a question and answer session and discussion on the topic calculus teaching from a reform perspective.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on October 10.

  • On October 12, approximately 20 eighth and ninth grade MPS teachers met for the inaugural meeting of the Grades 8-9 Assessment Pilot. The meeting focused on goals for the assessment project in upcoming months, including revising the 8th grade summer school course, creating a 9th grade summer school course, matching the 10th grade state math descriptors to the teaching priorities for 8th and 9th grade math, as well as defining math proficiencies for both grades.

  • Approximately 46 MPS teachers met for the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot Committee on October 17. Meeting topics included facilitation of CABS at individual schools, writing assessments, and algebraic understanding. Work will continue throughout the year.

  • On October 18, approximately 16 MPS high school math departments chairs and math teacher leaders met for their monthly meeting. Meeting topics included WKCE preparation and the reorganization of the Learning Targets to more closely align them with the new state standards.

  • MTL meetings were held on October 18 and 20. The meeting was attended by 108 Math Teacher Leaders. Meeting topics included algebraic thinking, Learning Targets, and state descriptors.

  • The Transition to College Mathematics Pilot met on October 19. MPS high school teachers with Eric Key (UWM) and Dave Ruszkiewicz (MATC) worked on revisions to placement exam problem booklets. Work will continue into the upcoming months.

  • The High School Mathematics Assessment Committee met on October 20 to continue revisions to the resource guide they are developing for all high schools. Work will continue into the upcoming months.

  • An informational poster explaining the MMP work was prepared and presented at the UWMilwaukee Open House on October 27-29.

  • Assessment writing committees were established for Grades 2–7. These committees will continue to meet throughout the year to write and revise model district CABS.

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NOVEMBER 2005

  • The MMP produced a professional development package comprised of a DVD and CD on “Analyzing and Learning from Student Work: A Protocol.” The DVD features MPS teachers discussing student work using the protocol. 400 copies were made for dissemination.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on November 4.

  • High School teachers attended the “Mathematical Rigor” workshop. Dr. Kevin McLeod, UWM Mathematics Professor, presented Completing the Square at Riverside High School on Saturday November 5. The session included strategies and mathematical connections for teaching the topic in the high school classroom.

  • Henry Kepner presented on “A District-University Partnership to Up-Grade Mathematical Content Knowledge of Middle-Grades Teachers of Mathematics” at the School Science and Mathematics Association annual meeting on November 11-12 in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • On November 14, approximately 43 MPS teachers met for the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. The group continued working on the facilitation and alignment of CABS at individual schools, writing assessments, and developing a work plan.

  • Henry Kepner, UWM Professor, and Melissa Hedges, Bernard Rahming, and Dan Lotesto, Teachers-in-Residence, participated in the Realistic Mathematics Education Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14-15.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on November 14. DeAnn Huinker shared plans for the math focus at the Learning Team seminars being planned for December.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on November 15 and 17. Topics for discussion included district initiatives, WKCE testing, and algebra, and CABS.

  • The High School Math Department Chairs meeting was held on November 15. Approximately 22 MPS teachers attended to discuss the analysis of student work using a rubric, individual school assessment teams, action plans, and participation in the high school transition to college pilot.

  • On November 16, the Transition to College Pilot met and continued to work on revisions to problem booklets produced. Work will continue into the upcoming months. Eric Key and Dave Ruszkiewicz offered resources and input to increase student success.

  • A workshop was held on November 29 for middle and high school teachers on Searching for Graphing Calculators. The session helped teachers develop skill in using graphing calculators and examined productive classroom content connections.

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DECEMBER 2005

  • Learning Teams in each school are eligible to receive MMP funds to promote the professional learning of teachers in mathematics. Learning Teams receive approximately $1000-$4000 depending on the number of mathematics teachers in the school for approved plans. Learning Teams have been working with their Math Teaching Specialists to develop and receive approval for their Math Action Plans. Many plans were submitted in this fall. Schools may continue to submit plans throughout the year.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on December 4. David Ruszkiewicz presented the results of his study on the mathematics placement of MPS and Non-MPS students at MATC.

  • A “Mathematical Rigor” workshop was held on Saturday December 5. Dr. Kevin McLeod, presented on Finding a Square Root at Riverside High School.

  • The MMP sponsored five full-day Learning Team training sessions on December 5, 6, 10, 12, and 13. The sessions were attended by 570 teachers and administrators representing Learning Teams from 132 schools. The focus of the sessions were on “Bringing Together Classroom Assessments and Student Work.” Each team was trained on using the protocol for analyzing student work and received a copy of the DVD/CD professional development package to use at their schools.

  • On December 7, Pandora Bedford, Math Teaching Specialist, and Sharonda Harris, Teacher-in-Residence, gave a presentation at the math study group at the MPS Principal meeting. The presentation addressed the topic of incorporating literature into the teaching of mathematics.

  • On December 8, about 50 MPS teachers came together for the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. Participants continued work on “Assessing the Assessments” to review and evaluate CABS and on using descriptive feedback to improve student achievement through CABS.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on December 12. DeAnn Huinker presented on the fall accomplishments of the MMP and previewed activities for the spring semester.

  • On December 15, DeAnn Huinker participated in the Milwaukee Metro Area Deans of Education (MMADE) meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fall accomplishments of the MMP were highlighted and issues of concern to the IHE Math Network were discussed, in particular procedures across institutions for elementary/middle level teachers adding on a Wisconsin licensure mathematics endorsement.

  • The MPA Partners quarterly meeting was held on December 16. Kevin McLeod and DeAnn Huinker presented an update on the work of the MMP.

  • On Saturday December 17, another “Mathematical Rigor” workshop was held at Riverside High School. Dr. Kevin McLeod, presented What are the Area and Circumference of a Circle.

  • On December 14, the High School Assessment Pilot met to work on revisions to a mathematics resource guide and to develop plans for dissemination to all high schools.

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JANUARY 2006

  • UWM course on Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning began in January with 27 MPS teachers enrolled. The course emphasizes the big ideas of equivalence and generalization as well as algebraic thinking and reasoning. Teachers examine student work, video clips, instructional strategies and assessment items. Tuition is waived through the MMP.

  • UWM course on Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation began in January with 37 MPS teachers enrolled. Course topics included understanding fraction concepts, comparisons, and equivalencies, and developing computational strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Participants learned ways to use representations, such as number lines and area models, to enhance their instruction of fractions. Tuition is waived through the MMP.

  • UWM course on Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics Part 2 began in January. The course examines development of the mathematical processes of reasoning and communication in problem solving that are aligned with the comprehensive literacy and mathematical framework. Tuition is waived through the MMP.

  • MATC offers two sections of MATH 276, Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II, in the spring. This is a new course developed by MATC and UWM to assure alignment of MATC’s course with UWM’s course MATH 176, providing a seamless math transition for MATC students entering UWM. MATC also offered another section of MATH 275 this spring.

  • UWM offers MATH 275 Mathematical Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Elementary Education Majors in Spring 2005. Design team includes Allen Bell and Kevin McLeod (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Sharonda Harris (TIR). Dr. Bell was the lead instructor with this being the first time he taught this course.

  • UWM Math 299 Algebraic Structures for Elementary Education Majors is offered for the first time as an experimental course. Design team includes Kevin McLeod (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Connie Laughlin (teacher).

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on January 6.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on January 9. DeAnn Huinker distributed the MMP Messenger and information on the UWM courses for teachers being offered in the spring.

  • Janis Freckmann and Angela Ford Patton, Math Teaching Specialists, presented “Using Problem Solving to Support Basic Skills in Mathematics” at the New Wisconsin Promise Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on January 11-12.

  • Henry Kepner, UWM professor, and Dan Lotesto, Teacher-in-Residence, attended and participated in the MAA/AMS Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on January 17 and 19. Discussion topics included textbook adoption, generalized properties of algebra, and mini-grants guidelines.

  • On January 23, the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot continued work on CABS, analyzing student work with the protocol, and descriptive feedback.

  • On January 24, approximately 31 High School Math Department Chairs met. Meeting topics included a new ninth grade summer mathematics proficiency program, upcoming MMP math mini-grants, and continued development of MMP math actions plans.

  • On January 25, high school teachers met to continue work for the Transition to College Pilot. Completed copies of geometry and algebra books were distributed. Discussion focused on placement testing as well as revisions of the high school learning targets.

  • On January 26-28, the MMP was represented at the annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) held in Tampa, Florida. The work of the MMP was disseminated through presentations by university faculty and Teachers-in-Residence:

    • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Gary Luck, Sharonda Harris, Bernard Rahming presented, “Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics: Teams of Mathematicians, Classroom Teachers, and Math Educators Construct Sequenced Mathematics Content Courses and Methods Courses for Prospective Elementary/ Middle Grades Teachers.”
    • DeAnn Huinker and Melissa Hedges presented, “The Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching: An Inquiry into the Knowledge of Pre-service and Practicing Teachers.”
    • Melissa Hedges, DeAnn Huinker, Jennifer Bay-Williams, and Kevin McLeod presented, “Decompressing Teacher’s Mathematical Knowledge: The Case of Division.”
  • On January 30-31, DeAnn Huinker (PI), Kevin McLeod (Co-PI), Henry Kranendonk (Co-PI), Kathy Williams (MPS Director of Teaching and Learning), and Beth Schefelker (MPS Math Teaching Specialist) participated in the MSP Learning Network Conference in Washington, DC.

  • The Math Fellowship Program offered the following courses in Spring 2006 to its participating teachers: MATH 278 Discrete Probability and Statistics, and MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra.

  • The Master’s Cohort in Mathematics Education at UWM continued their coursework in the areas of CURRINS 730 Mathematics in Elementary Education and CURRINS 714 Analysis of Instruction.

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FEBRUARY 2006

  • A new UWM course on Standards-Based Mathematics in the 4-year-old Classroom began in February with 34 MPS teachers enrolled. In this course, teachers examine strategies for developing a comprehensive standards-based mathematics program in the 4-year-old kindergarten classroom based on Learning Targets, the Wisconsin Early Learning Standards, and the NCTM standards for age-appropriate assessments. Tuition is waived through the MMP.

  • UWM course on Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics Part 1 began in February. It was offered again due to continued interest and demand. Tuition is waived through the MMP.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on February 3.

  • On February 6, the Grade 8 Proficiency Committee met. They began work on putting together a teacher resource binder to be used in future pilots and workshops. The work on creating a binder will continue into March and April.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on February 8 and 16. Discussion topics included formative assessment, supporting learner growth, and generalized properties of algebra.

  • On February 9, approximately 20 MPS teachers formed the Learning Target committee and began their work to revise the grade K-7 learning targets to form a stronger alignment with the Wisconsin Assessment Framework descriptors.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on February 13. The search process for selecting new TIRs for next year was discussed.

  • On February 14, the MMP hosted the Wisconsin Mathematics Leadership Council Meeting (WiMLC). It was attended by approximately 40 math leaders (e.g., curriculum directors, math supervisors) from through the State. Speakers included representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and MMP Math Teaching Specialists. Topics included assessment and using the MMP Protocol to collaboratively examine student work.

  • On February 15, the High School Assessment Pilot met to continue working on revisions to the mathematics resource guide. Since work is nearing completion, the teachers spent this meeting planning the presentation of the guide to all high school teachers district-wide.

  • On February 21, the High School Math Department Chairs met to review formative assessment, assessment pilot projects, and discuss district priorities and needs.

  • On February 28, the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot met to continue their work on developing CABS and identifying benchmark papers.

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MARCH 2006

  • The MMP mini-grants were awarded in March. A total of $130,690 in mini-grants was awarded to 46 schools and one high school collaborative proposal. Each award ranged from $1,000 to $3,000. The projects focus on classroom assessments (CABS) and building teacher mathematics content knowledge.

  • MATC began a one-credit course offering on preparing for the Praxis Test in mathematics for students in its Teacher Education Program (TEP).

  • Janis Freckmann and Angela Ford Patton facilitated the math study group of the monthly MPS Principal meeting on March 1. The goal of the activity was to deepen understanding of instructional strategies that support students’ problem solving abilities.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on March 2 and 10. Discussion topics included formative feedback, dipping into the School Education Plan, and expressing relationships in algebra. Mary Diez from Alverno College was a guest speaker on assessment and feedback.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on March 3.

  • The IHE Math Network co-hosted with Marquette University a colloquium by Dr. Guershon Harel, University of California-San Diego, on “What is Mathematics? A Pedagogical Answer toa Philosophical Question.” The colloquium was held on March 8 at Marquette.

  • DeAnn Huinker, Henry Kepner, and Melissa Hedges presented “Teacher Preparation and Professional Development: The Mathematical Knowledge Teachers Need” at the annual UWM School of Education research conference on March 9.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on March 13. DeAnn Huinker reported on the selection process for the MMP Math Mini-grants.

  • The MPA Partners quarterly meeting was held on March 17. DeAnn Huinker and Kevin McLeod provided an update on the work of the MMP.

  • On March 28, several High school Math Department Chairs attended a monthly meeting. Meeting topics included upcoming in-services and events, and the activities of both the High School Transition to College Pilot and the 9th grade Proficiency Project.

  • On March 28, the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot met to continue their work.

  • On March 29, the High School Math Assessment Pilot facilitated a day-long workshop for 25 MPS high school teachers to learn ways to put the revised mathematics resource binder into action in the classroom.

  • The Grades 8-9 Proficiency Committee met weekly during March to continue its work.

  • The Learning Target Revision Committee met weekly during March to continue its work.

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APRIL 2006

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held on April 4 and 6. Each MTL was invited to bring a special education teacher to the meeting from his/her school. Discussion topics included special education, understanding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and continuing the journey in algebra exploration.

  • Beth Schefelker and Bernard Rahming presented on “How to Identify a Goal Related Need from Analyzing WKCE Data” at the math study group of the MPS principal meeting on April 5.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on April 7.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on April 10. DeAnn Huinker distributed a list of the school Learning Teams receiving MMP Math Mini-grant awards.

  • On April 11, the MMP sponsored a breakfast meeting for Principals. Over 30 principals and administrators attended. The principals gave input into planning for Year 4 of the MMP. They also received updates on summer activities and the status of the textbook adoption process.

  • MMP was well represented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual meeting from April 24-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. University faculty, Teachers-in- Residence, Math Specialists, and MPS teachers collaborated to present and disseminate the work of the MMP.

  • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Henry Kranendonk, and DeAnn Huinker presented “A District- University Partnership to Upgrade Mathematical Content Knowledge of Middle-Grades Teachers of Mathematics Through Fellowships.”

  • Pandora Bedford and Bernard Rahming presented “Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP) Protocol for Examining Student Work.”

  • Bernard Rahming and Sharonda Harris presented “An Urban District Uses the Thinking Skills Classification Framework to Push Teachers and Address Standardized Assessments.”

  • Beth Schefelker and Lee Ann Pruske presented “Mathematics Learning Walks: Focused Observations, Collaborative Conversations, and Effective Feedback Leading to School Improvement.”

  • DeAnn Huinker and Janis Freckmann presented “The ‘Coaching’ Spirit Is Catching On In Professional Development And In Classroom Practice.”

  • MMP was well represented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting. April 26-29, in St. Louis, Missouri. University faculty, Teachers-in-Residence, Math Specialists, and MPS teachers collaborated to present and disseminate the work of the MMP.

  • Henry Kranendonk and Roxy Peck presented “A Curriculum Framework for Statistical Education.”

  • Henry Kepner, Dan Lotesto, Kevin McLeod, and Angela Ford presented “Mathematical Rigor: From Exploring Connections to Reasoning to Proof.”

  • Laura J. Moranchek and Beth Schefelker presented “High-Stake State Mathematics Assessment: CRs and BCRs—the Secrets Unveiled”

  • Angela Ford Patton and Sherrie Akinsanya presented “The Use of Students’ Work to Support Classroom Standards Using Assessment.”

  • Rosann Hollinger and Marie Schimenz presented “Problem, Protocol, and Practice: Learning from Analyzing Students’ Work.”

  • Melissa Hedges, Sharonda Harris, and Meghan Steinmeyer presented “Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Dog; There Has to Be a Better Way to Divide.”

  • Cheryl Brenner, Janice Udovich, and Laura Maly presented “Working Toward Equity: Using Superballs, Food Coloring, and Rice.”

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MAY 2006

  • On May 3, the principals in the math study group discussed the new textbook adoption procedures and summer math courses.

  • The MMP was extremely well represented on the program of the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council held in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Particularly impressive was the number of Math Teacher Leaders disseminating the work of the MMP in addition to presentations by university faculty, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Specialists.

    • Angela Ford Patton and Rosann Hollinger presented “ Reading in Mathematics: Research to Practice.”

    • Angela Ford Patton and Delores Cole-Stewart presented “Surprise! You’re a Reading Teacher!”

    • Astrid Wagner and Penny Krafczyk presented “How to Help Students Work through Problem Solving.”

    • Judy Greco-Carr and Barbara Rehagen presented “Collaboratively Looking at Student Work.”

    • Angela Ford Patton presented “Navigating through Data Analysis Grades 6-8.”

    • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, John Moyer, and Melissa Hedges presented “Research on the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching and the Role of Definition in Mathematics Instruction.”

    • Susan Wolter, Mary Beth LaHaye, and Joanie Marchillo presented “Writing Balanced CABS in Math.”

    • Cynthia Cuellar, Jodene Schlueter, and Rosann Hollinger presented “Teaching Reading in Mathematics: Strategies You Can Count On!”

    • Beth Schefelker and Laura Morancheck presented “WKCE-CRT Constructed Response: The Secrets Revealed.”

    • DeAnn Huinker and Janis Freckmann presented “The ‘Coaching’ Spirit Is Catching on in Professional Development and in Classroom Practice.”

    • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Sharonda Harris, Melissa Hedges, Bernard Rahming, and Daniel Lotesto presented “Designing and Evaluating Courses for Prospective Teachers of Mathematics—Collaborations of Mathematicians, Classroom Teachers and Mathematics Educators—An Update.”

    • Lee Ann Pruske presented “Mathematics Learning Walks Lead to School Improvements.”

    • Penny Krafczyk presented “Navigating through Problem Solving and Reasoning Grade 2.”

    • Ibha Das presented “Computational Fluency—Cross Cultural Practice.”

    • Astrid Fossum and Amy Fitzgerald presented “Does Your Assessment Measure Up?”

    • Doris Wallace presented “Practical Ways to Teach Mathematics to Students Who Say They Don’t Like or UNDERSTAND Mathematics.”

    • Henry Kranendonk presented “Answering the ‘Why?’ and ‘For What Purpose?”

    • Susan Dean presented “Assessing The Assessment.”

    • Meghan Steinmeyer, Melissa Hedges, and Sharonda Harris presented “Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Dog (Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down): Is This The Only Way To Divide?”

    • Cheryl Brenner, Laura Maly, and Janice Udovich presented “Working Towards Equity: Using Superballs, Food Coloring and Rice.”

    • Beth Schefelker presented “Algebra? For Little Kids? You Betcha!”

    • Henry Kranendonk presented “Navigating Through Probability Grades 9-12.”

    • Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris presented “Mathematics and Children’s Literature: The Natural Connection.”

    • Angela Ford Patton presented “Using Problem-Solving to Support Basic Skills in Mathematics.”

    • Shunda Allen and Rosann Hollinger presented “Problem, Protocol and Practice: Learning From Analyzing Student Work.”

    • Daniel Lotesto presented “ Integrating BC Calculus Topics Into an AB Course.”

    • Mary Mooney and Sue Dean presented “Preparing Students for Placement Tests- College.”

    • Pandora Bedford, Bernard Rahming, and Ingrid Henry presented, "Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP) Protocol for Examining Student Work."

  • Approximately 80 Math Teacher Leaders participated in the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council held in Green Lake, Wisconsin. In lieu of their regular meeting, the MTLs had the opportunity to learn from and network with other teachers from throughout the State.

  • Four training sessions on May 9, 13, 17, and 20 were held for middle grades teachers and facilitated by members of the Grade 8 Proficiency Pilot Committee. The purpose of the sessions were to train teachers on use of the proficiency assessment materials developed by the committee. These materials (e.g., assessments and reporting forms) are to be used to guide the evaluation of eighth grade students proficiency in moving to high school mathematics.

  • On May 24, the Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot showcased their final projects on grade level CABS improvements that they had worked on during this year.

  • The IHE Math Network sponsored a day-long workshop on “Engaging Mathematics: Connecting Your Students to Learning Mathematics.” Judy Paterson from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, facilitated the high school focus session in the morning. Harvey Keynes and Simon Morgan from the University of Minnesota facilitated the middle school focus session in the afternoon. Over 70 participants attended the workshop on Saturday May 20 at UWM. Participants included university faculty from two-year and four-year colleges/universities workshop, and teachers and administrators from the Milwaukee Public Schools as well as from other public and private schools in southeastern Wisconsin.

  • The IHE Math Network hosted a colloquium in the UWM Department of Mathematical Sciences on May 22 featuring Dr. Judy Paterson from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She spoke on “Using Mathematics to Open Up Windows in Teachers’ Minds: Encouraging Teacher Talk about Learning and Teaching.”

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JUNE 2006

  • On June 1 and 2, over 110 math teacher leaders attended the final Math Teacher Leader meeting of the 2005-2006 academic year, titled “Catching Up With Your Cohort”, at the Milwaukee Academy of Aviation, Science, and Technology. Sessions included From ABC to XYZ: the Final Algebra Session; The Algebra Posttest; Awesome Data Results!; What’s Up With the Textbook Adoption?; 2006 Mini-Grant Sharing Sessions; and Taking a Look at WKCE-CRT Data.

  • Approximately 35 teachers from several schools within MPS came together for five hours per week for a two-week intensive period from June 12-16 and 19-23 to evaluate and revise CABS for second to seventh grade classrooms. They also worked with the UWM mathematicians while reviewing and revising the district-wide 2nd-7th grade CABS.

  • Thirty-seven teachers attended the summer component of the Assessment Leadership for Mathematics Project took place June 19-27. These meetings had the following goals: deepening knowledge, learning, and assessment of mathematics; developing content-focused coaching strategies for effectively interacting with others; and becoming a part of a professional learning community and support network to further the implementations of mathematics instruction based on district goals. Teachers will continually pursue these goals throughout the 2006-2007 school year.

  • Seventeen MPS teachers participated in the following math courses as a part of the Fellows grant: Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Fellows 211) and Algebraic Structures (Fellows 299).

  • Sixteen MPS teachers participated in a new course, Numbers and Computation with a Special Education Focus.  This course was centered on collaboration between regular and special education teacher teams, and was designed in response to a spring session at the Math Teacher Learning Meeting.

  • Eighteen MPS teachers participated in a course for grades 3-8, Fractions, which was held June 19-27.

  • Twenty-one MPS teachers attended the course Standards-Based Mathematics in K-4 Classrooms which was held June 20-23.

  • Grades 6-8 Learning Target Meetings were held June 19-28. Approximately 7 MPS teachers (grades 6-8) reviewed and revised the district MPS Learning Targets. This process was done in order to create a better match between the MPS Targets and the Wisconsin State Framework descriptors. Once completed, the targets were reviewed by mathematicians and math educators from UWM to ensure succinctness and mathematical accuracy.

  • Kindergarten-First Grade Learning Target/Descriptor meetings were also held June 19-28. MPS teachers worked with mathematicians to revise the MPS Learning Targets and write descriptors for kindergarten and grade 1.

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JULY 2006

  • Twenty-one MPS teachers attended a two-credit course Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data, which was held July 10-20.
  • Twenty-eight MPS teachers attended a course called Standards-based Mathematics: Measurement Focus from July 17-20.
  • From July 18-28, approximately 15 MPS teachers attended the two part course Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning.  This course was offered to continue deepening teacher content knowledge in Algebra, the content area of focus during Year 3 of the MMP.

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