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Accomplishments Year 4

 

August 2006

  • In August, 50 Elementary and 20 Middle School teachers met for a two-week training seminar regarding the upcoming textbook adoptions. By working with publishers, these teachers built facilitation skills in order to guide their school through an in-depth process of choosing one of three math series to adopt at their school.

  • From August 1st through August 11th, the Pre-College Summer Math Workshop was conducted at UW-Milwaukee.  The workshop, directed by Dr. Eric Key, was open to all MPS graduates in need of refining their math skills in preparation for college math courses. Participants were required to be enrolled in any post high school program in the fall, including college, the military, and apprentice programs.

  • On August 4, the MMP Steering Committee met.

  • The MPA Retreat took place on August 17.

  • On August 28 and 29, approximately 80 teachers attended the MTL Kick-Off meetings at Bradley Tech High School. At the meetings, an overview of the 2006-2007 MMP activities and events was presented to attendees. This included information about CABS, formative assessment, pacing charts, and plans for the new textbook adoption.

  • On August 30, the UWM Math Colloquium took place. The presentation was entitled, “Origami and Math Tutoring "Down-Under", and was led by Dr. Greg Oates.  The presentation was accompanied by a detailed resource aligned to the New Zealand mathematics curriculum.

  • On August 31, Dr. Greg Oates, in collaboration with IHE Network, presented the workshop "Origami Revisited: Connecting Your Students to Learning Mathematics.” The presentation focused on Dr. Oates’ conversion to regarding Origami as a serious curricular activity, and provided examples of how Origami may be included in everyday curricular activities.

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September 2006

  • 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 academic year.

  • MMP has three new Teachers-in-Residence (TIRS). Lee Ann Pruske holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been teaching at the elementary school level with MPS since 1998. Karen Corlyn holds a masters degree in Teacher Professionalization and has been teaching at the middle school level with MPS since 1986. Paige Richards holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been teaching regular and special education in MPS since 1996.

  • MMP has four new Mathematics Instructional Coaches (MICs). Laura Maly holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been an MPS high school teacher since 1996. Sharon Kolade holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and has been an MPS high school mathematics teacher since 1998. Daniel Lotesto has been an MPS high school teacher since 1987 and serves on the College Board for the SAT Mathematics Development Committee. Bernard Rahming has taught middle school-level mathematics and science in MPS since 1994 and served as the executive officer for the National Insurance Board in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Sharonda Harris accepted a position as a Math Teaching Specialist. She was previously a TIR and holds a masters degree in Administrative Leadership. She has been teaching in MPS since 1995.

  • UWM offered MATH 277-Geometry for Elementary Education Majors to 25 students in Fall 2006. Design team members include Ric Ancel (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and LeAnn Pruske (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.

  • In Fall 2006, UWM offered MATH 278-Discrete Probability and Statistics for Elementary Education Majors to 15 students. Design team includes Richard Stockbridge and Gary Luck, (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Karen Corlyn (TIR).

  • Math Teaching Specialists and TIRs collaborated with Drs. Kepner, McLeod, and Huinker to set the agenda for upcoming Math Teacher Leader meetings. The math content focus area chosen for the year was geometry and measurement.

  • New Math Teacher Leader meetings were held September 11 and 27. These meetings, led by Rosann Hollinger and Henry Kranendonk, helped 36 new MTLs define their role in the upcoming school year.

  • Math Teacher Leader meetings were held September 16 and 23 for elementary and middle school MTLs. Approximately 102 MPS Math Teacher Leaders attended seminars that focused on geometry and measurement aligned with MPS Targets and Descriptors, developing and assessing CABS, pacing guides, textbook adoption, networking and school leadership.

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

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

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

  • The Assessment Leadership for Mathematics Project began in June 2006 with a summer institute and continues throughout the school year meeting approximately twice per month. Designed for K-8 teachers, the project is facilitated by UWM Professor De Ann Huinker, MPS teacher Melissa Hedges, and MPS Math Teaching Specialists Janis Freckmann and Pandora Bedford.

  • The Master’s Cohort in Mathematics Education continued its coursework in the areas of CURRINS 629-Change and Charge Strategies in Education and CURRINS 701-Curriculum Planning.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on September 11. DeAnn Huinker previewed the work of the MMP for Year Four and reported on the August MTL Kickoff.

  • Approximately 641 MPS teachers representing 116 schools attended the Level One mathematics textbook workshops on September 18, 20, 26, and 28. Representatives from three publishers, Houghton-Mifflin, Scott Foresman, and McGraw-Hill, spoke on the benefits of curriculum offered through their textbooks for K-5 students. Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, McGraw-Hill, and Prentice Hall had representatives share math program information for grades 6-8.

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October 2006

  • During Fall 2006, 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, Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning: Part 1, Number and Computation Development: Special Ed. Focus, and Standards-based Mathematics in the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Classroom. Approximately 117 MPS teachers and administrators deepened their own content knowledge while gaining insight on practices that support students’ mathematical learning that are aligned with the comprehensive literacy and mathematic frameworks.

  • Beginning in October, UWM offered the Lenses on Learning: Instructional Leadership in Mathematics course with 13 K-8 Administrators and Instructional Leaders. This course continues throughout the school year as part of the second year of the Thinking About Mathematics Instruction Project. Tuition is waived for participants. The course is taught by Math Teaching Specialists Sharonda Harris and Astrid Fossum, and focuses on developing the capacity to discern the features of a classroom that are central for student learning.

  • On October 3 and 4, approximately 116 teachers attended Math Teacher Leader meetings which included the first in a series of leadership workshops. Meetings topics included how to facilitate discussion about the decision-making process of textbook adoption and understanding direct measurement, indirect measurement, and measurement error.

  • The Mathematics and Science Partnership II Evaluation Summit was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 4 and 5. University faculty and an external program evaluator collaborated to present and disseminate the work of MMP:

    • Carl Hanssen presented “Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership: A Path Model for Evaluating Teacher and Student Effects.”

    • DeAnn Huinker, Dan Sass, and Cindy Walker presented “Measuring Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: Measurement and Modeling Issues in Constructing and Using Teacher Assessments.”

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on October 9.

  • The Transition to College Mathematics Pilot met on October 10. MPS high school teachers worked with Eric Key (UWM) and Dave Ruszkiewicz (MATC) on revisions for placement exam problem booklets. Work will continue into the upcoming months.

  • On October 10, approximately 20 MPS high school math department chairs met for their monthly meeting. Meeting topics included the AP Calculus Network, instructions for math instructional coaches, WKCE preparation, and the reorganization of the Learning Targets for closer alignment with the state standards.

  • The High School Mathematics Assessment Committee met on October 10 to continue revisions to the resource guide they are developing for all high schools. Work will continue into the upcoming months.

  • On October 13, the MMP Steering Committee met to review plans and priorities for the year.

  • On October 16, approximately 15 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 drawing attention to the Student Promotion System criteria and challenges and creating CABS for the all math content strands for grades 8 and 9.

  • Approximately 33 representatives and 12 MMP associates from 32 Milwaukee Public Schools attended the Principal’s Breakfast on October 19. Attendees received a new math CABS CD with information on algebraic relationships, geometry, measurement, number operations and relationships, statistics and probability, learning targets, and CABS resources. Principals were encouraged to promote the regular utilization of the CDs by other staff in their respective schools.

  • On October 20, the IHE Math Network hosted a Math Colloquium with Dr. Hank Kepner as the featured speaker. The session focused on the document's relevance in American school mathematics and examined the recommendations of the Curriculum Focal Points and its intended purpose. Approximately 34 people attended.

  • Approximately 80 MPS teachers met for the Grades K-7 Assessment Pilot Committee on October 23. The year-long goals for grades K-1 are to build teacher content knowledge, create CABS, and pilot the CABS with students. The goals for grades 2-7 are to refine existing CABS, pilot CABS with students to obtain student work samples, and refine CABS rubrics. UWM TIRs presented  a measurement content session. The focus of this session was measurement benchmarks. As the year progresses, the focus of the content sessions will transition to geometry.

  • Approximately 800 MPS teachers representing over 100 schools attended the Level Two mathematics workshops that took place October 23 through November 13. A cadre of MPS teachers who were trained in Level One workshops helped facilitate these workshops. During the sessions, teachers looked at how a particular content standard was developed in a math program and looked at role of the teacher and the student in a mathematics lesson.

  • An informational poster explaining the MMP work was prepared and presented at the UW-Milwaukee Open House on October 26-28.

  • The Annual Convention for the School Science and Mathematics Association was held on October 27 and 28 in Missoula, Montana. Hank Kepner gave two presentations titled “The NCTM Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Mathematical Analysis and Perspective on U.S. Mathematics Education” and “Mathematical Rigor: From Exploring Connections to Reasoning to Proof”.

  • On October 31, Hank Kepner was elected president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He will work alongside current president Francis (Skip) Fennell until 2008 when he (Kepner) will serve as president for two years and past-president for another year. Kepner would like to see the Council expand its efforts to help teachers recognize and respond to students’ diversity and special needs.

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 November 2006

  • On November 6 and 7, 110 teachers attended the Math Teacher Leader meetings. Carl Hanssen, the MMP’s external evaluator, presented information about the progress, promising outcomes, and conclusions that have been made based on the external evaluation activities.

  • On November 9 and 20, 12 teachers attended the Grades 8-9 Assessment Pilot meeting, where they reviewed CABS as well as student work. DOK and WKCE items were also reviewed and discussed as they relate to the assessment.

  • On November 10, the MMP Steering Committee met at MPS Central Services. The Committee discussed recruitment of Math Teaching Specialists, upcoming events, planning for the MSP site visit, and updates since the last meeting.

  • The MPA Implementation Team met on November 13.

  • On November 14, 16 teachers attended the High School Transition Committee meeting at Marshall High School, where they fine-tuned plans for the upcoming annual Math Readiness Test (pilot), which will help gauge the progress of students in relation to what will be expected on college math placement tests.

  • On November 14, 15 teachers attended the High School Assessment Committee meeting at Marshall High School. The Committee discussed changing their Descriptive Feedback Rubric after examining the benefits of the WKCE-CRT 4-point Rubric. It was decided that the new rubric would be a combine elements of both the existing and the WKCE-CRT. 

  • On November 14, over 20 Department Chairs and teachers attended the High School Math Department Chair meeting at Marshall High School. The topics for discussion included effective ways to listen to students, goals and progress of both the Assessment and Transition Committees, and the importance of formative and descriptive feedback.

  • On November 15, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) performed a site visit to evaluate the MMP. The purpose of the MSP site visit is to collect information on ways in which Math and Science partnerships are integrating the work of higher education with K-12 to both strengthen and reform math and science education.

  • On November 18, teachers of grades 9-12 were invited to the Bringing Back the Rigour workshop series where the topic of “Matrices and Statistics” was presented. Strategies for introducing new ideas into the high school curriculum as it pertains to the topic were also discussed. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Eric Key.

  • On November 30, 74 teachers attended the Grades K-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. The grades K-1 break-out session covered measurement attributes, telling time, and reading a calendar. The idea of number and operation was also introduced.  The grades 2-7 break-out session covered measurement, and allotted time for refining CABS, and reviewing student work.

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December 2006

  • On December 2, teachers of grades 9-12 were invited to the Bringing Back the Rigour workshop series where the topic of “Matrices and Geometry” was presented. Strategies for introducing new ideas into the high school curriculum as it pertains to the topic were also discussed. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Kevin McLeod.

  • On December 4 and 11, 22 teachers attended the Grades 8-9 Assessment Pilot Meeting, where they discussed CABS and reviewed student work. Participants also continued their work on becoming familiar with the state descriptors per content strand.

  • On December 7, 9, and 14, 344 teachers, administrators, and special education teachers attended the Math Teacher Leader meetings.  Topics for the meeting involved a two part workshop on descriptive feedback and an introduction to the development of geometric thinking with the Tricky Triangle task.

  • The MPA Implementation Meeting met on December 11.

  • On December 12, 14 teachers attended the High School Transition Committee meeting at Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship, where they completed the final stages of the “MPS Annual Readiness Test”. The committee also became more familiar with the ALEKS computer program, and how it can be used in instruction.  

  • On December 12, 14 teachers attended the High School Assessment Committee meeting at Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship, where the new Descriptive Feedback rubric was presented by Henry Kranendonk. The committee discussed meeting with Special Education teachers to ensure that they are comfortable using the rubric with their students.

  • On December 12, 22 Math Chairs and teachers attended the High School Math Department Chair meeting at Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Lynn Krebs, a colleague at MPS Teaching and Learning presented information about AP courses and the AP audit which is being conducted nationally.

  • On December 16, teachers of grades 9-12 were invited to the Bringing Back the Rigour workshop series. The topic presented at the workshop was: “The Poincare Conjecture: What is it? Why is it worth $1,000,000? Has it been solved?” The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Kevin McLeod.

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January 2007

  • Mathematics faculty from MATC Milwaukee met with mathematics faculty from MATC Madison to coordinate PLI mathematics content, assessment, and instruction.

  • Four sections of PLI Math 100: Math Concepts were piloted at MATC. Mathematicians Dave Ruszkiewicz, Tom Geil, and Joyce De Cleene began meeting regularly regarding curriculum construction and assessment.

  • MATC Teacher-In-Residence Paige Richards and MATC Mathematics faculty Michele LeSelva began co-teaching a section of MATH 275: Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers to TEP students.

  • MATC Professor Dave Ruszkiewicz hired two UWM students with MCEA math teaching minors for Math 275/276. The student-tutors offer mathematical support to MATC Teacher Education students.

  • UWM offered MATH 275-Problem Solving/Critical Thinking for Elementary Education majors to 28 students in Spring 2007. Design team members include Gabriella Pinter (Mathematics Department), Kevin McLeod (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction) and LeeAnn Pruske (TIR). Gabriella Pinter was the lead instructor for the course.

  • UWM offered MATH 299-Algebraic Structures for Elementary Education majors to 15 students. Design team members include Craig Guilbault (Mathematics Department) Kevin McLeod (Mathematics Department), Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction) and Karyn Corlyn (TIR).

  • The Master’s Cohort in Mathematics Education continued its coursework this semester, enrolling in CURRINS 800-Masters Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction.

  • Approximately 18 teachers and MMP representatives attended the Assessment Pilot meetings for Grades 8-9 at the MPS Central Service Office on January 3 and 17. Topics included algebraic relationships, eighth grade CABS, and the student promotion system.

  • On January 4 and 18, approximately 70 teachers attended the K-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. The general session included examining the development of geometric thinking and the Tricky Triangle task. The K-1 content session focused on the WCKE-CRT, Number and Operations Content Standard, and continued work with CABS. The grades 2-7 session focused on understanding the process of descriptive feedback on CABS.

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on January 8.

  • On January 8 and 11, approximately 113 teachers attended Math Teacher Leader meetings at the MPS School Support Center. Nancy Bonesho from Assessment and Accountability was a featured facilitator. Benchmark Assessments were examined to help look at student understanding and plan next steps with instruction. Nancy also helped guide MTLs through accessing the ThinkLink Learning website, various student data reports, and helped teachers learn how to create probes. MTLs also engaged in a geometry content session about quadrilaterals and the classifications of shapes. This session helped to further their understanding of the developmental levels of geometric thinking as defined by the van Hiele model.

  •  Seventeen high school teachers attended the High School Transition Committee on January 9.

  • Approximately 17 math teachers attended the High School Assessment meeting on January 9. Attendees reviewed the CABS scoring rubrics, discussed Committee goals and the Algebra One pre-course. Teachers were instructed to give the CABS to their classes and bring back the ungraded student work to the next meeting. At that time, the revised rubrics will be available to “grade” the student work

  • Sixteen high school math department chairs and teachers attended the High School Department Chair/Math Teacher Leader meeting on January 9. Attendees discussed the College Readiness Exam, summer school, meaningful mathematics projects, the Marshall IB Montessori School, and updates on the Formative Assessment/Descriptive Feedback Goals and the Assessment Pilot. The primary focus was in developing the College Readiness Exam to be piloted next month in some Milwaukee public high schools.

  • MMP and MPS had great participation at The New Wisconsin Promise Conference on January 9 and 10 in Madison, Wisconsin. University faculty, MPS teachers, TIRs, and Math Teaching Specialists collaborated to present and disseminate the work of MMP.

    • Joan Grampp presented “Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners-Effective Instruction for All Students”.

    • DeAnn Huinker and Janis Freckmann presented “Mathematics Teaching Leadership: Building, Supporting, and Sustaining Professional Growth of Teachers”.

    • Hank Kepner presented “Mathematics Your Students Need to Know: Wisconsin Standards and Assessments”.

    • Mary Beth La Haye, Joanie Marchillo, and Susan Wolter presented “Using Classroom Assessment Based on State Standards to Improve Student Achievement”. 

    • Lee Ann Pruske and Beth Schefelker presented “Mathematics Learning Walks Lead to School Improvement”.

    • Beth Schefelker, Tony Pickar, and Laura Moranchek presented “WKCE-CT Constructive Response: Secrets Revealed”.

  • On January 12, the MMP Steering Committee held a meeting.

  • The continually popular Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning begin on January 17 with 25 participants.  This course was designed to build off the content strand of algebra, which was a focus of MTL professional development sessions in the 2005-06 school year.

  • Beginning in January 2007, UWM offered a section of MATH 175: Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers, a three credit course taught by Kevin McLeod. Tuition was waived for the 22 MPS teachers who enrolled in the class.

  • On January 19, a Mathematics Colloquium was held at Marquette University.
    Tetyana Berezovski (Simon Fraser University, Canada) gave a presentation titled "Towards Effective Teaching: The Case for Logarithms”.

  • Twenty-eight participants enrolled in the two-credit course, Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation, beginning January 22.

  • Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics continues to be a popular course for MPS K-8 teachers. Beginning January 24, forty-one participants were enrolled between two sections of Part One. Beginning January 31, fourteen participants were enrolled in Part Two.

  • On January 24 approximately twenty-five people representing seven high schools, (including principals and guidance counselors and UWM mathematics professor Kevin McLeod) attended the Transition to College Math meeting. Attendees made a final review of the MPS Math Readiness test sending it to MATC for printing. The seven selected pilot schools will decide how best to administer this test between February 20 and 28. Attendees also reviewed the feedback form that teachers will use to discuss students' test scores. Folders will be made for recording scores from various assessments to provide the students with information on the progression of their math achievement throughout high school.

  • The eleventh annual conference for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) took place January 25-27 in Irvine, California. University faculty, MPS teachers, TIRs, and Math Teaching Specialists collaborated to present and disseminate the work of MMP.

    • Melissa Hedges, Hank Kepner, Gary Luck, Kevin McLeod, & Lee Ann Pruske presented “Instruction for Mathematical Knowledge for Teachers of Elementary and Middle Grades”.

    • Kevin McLeod, Hank Kepner, Matthew Winsor, Edward Aboufadel, Gail Burrill, Roger Verhey, and David Dempsey presented “Evolution of a Mathematics Capstone Course for High School Teachers as Recommended in the MET Report”.

    • Lee Ann Pruske, & Melissa Hedges presented “Capturing Growth in Teacher Mathematical Knowledge: An Inquiry into Elementary and Middle School Teacher Understanding of Algebraic Reasoning and Relationships”.

  • DeAnn Huinker, Beth Schefelker, and Pandora Bedford attended the National Science Foundation Principal Investigator Network Meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 25 and 26.

  • Beginning January 30, Standards-Based Math in the K4 Classroom offered a Part 2 as a follow up to the prior sections offered.  There were 27 participants enrolled in the course that had also taken Part 1.

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February 2007

  • After several meetings and discussions with state representatives and MATC instructor, Dave Ruszkiewicz, the Wisconsin Technical College System approved the MATH 100: Math Concepts course at MATC for Fall 2007.

  • MATC Teacher-In-Residence Paige Richards began the placement and supervision of four new math interns in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

  • On February 1, approximately 67 teachers attended the K-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. K-1 teachers focused on levels of thinking using grade 2 CABS, examined current CABS and their alignment with learning targets and state descriptors, and began modifying number and operations CABS. Grades 2-7 teachers focused on their portfolio projects and rubric revisions. 

  • Seventeen math teachers and MMP affiliates attended the Grades 8-9Assessment Pilot Meeting on February 1 and 15. Meeting topics included Saturday revision meetings, CABS, and descriptors for algebraic relationships, measurement, statistics, and probability. Attendees used MMP Protocol to examine student work.

  • A Mathematics Colloquium, sponsored by Marquette's Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, was held February 2 at Marquette University.
    Chris Hruska (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) gave a presentation titled "Nonpositively Curved Spaces with Isolated Flats."

  • Beginning February 5, UWM offered the Number and Computation: Special Education Focus course.  So many teachers were interested in the section offered in the fall that in spring two sections of the course were offered with 54 district teachers enrolled.

  • On February 9 and 21, approximately 98 teachers attended Math Teacher Leader meetings. Meeting topics included geometric reasoning, the Green Lake Conference, Governor Doyle’s budget as related to MMP, myths and facts about assessments, and descriptive feedback.

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy (MPA) Implementation Team met on February 12.

  • Fourteen teachers and MMP affiliates attended the High School Transition Committee Meeting on February 13. Topics included CABS, rubrics, and the High School Summit meeting. Attendees continued to edit versions of the Basic Skills Progress Checks.

  • Approximately sixteenteachers and MMP affiliatesattended the High School Assessment Meeting on February 13. Meeting topics included writing and implementing rubrics, CABS, and plans for the upcoming High School Summit Meeting. Attendees also discussed how to be nationwide math education leaders.

  • Seventeen teachers and MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chair/Math Teacher Leader Meeting on February 13. Meeting topics included the Green Lake Conference, the College Readiness Exam, Assessment Pilot updates, the High School Summit meeting, and possible funding for MTL functions.

  • On February 13 approximately 25 members of the Wisconsin Mathematics Leadership Council came together for the winter meeting.  Kevin, McLeod, DeAnn Huinker, Hank Kepner, Lee Ann Pruske, and Mary Mooney presented the Tricky Triangle Task. The MPS Math Teaching Specialists also facilitated a session on Descriptive Feedback.

  • On February 16, the MMP Steering Committee held a meeting.

  • A Math Colloquium was held on February 21 at Marquette University. Denise Forrest (The Ohio State University-Newark) will give a presentation entitled "Re-searching Mathematics Teachers' Verbal Communication." Ms. Forrest is a candidate for a mathematics education faculty position with Marquette University.

  • An MPA Implementation Meeting was held on February 26.

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March 2007

  • For the first time in the College's history, MATC adopted a prerequisite enforcement for all students enrolling into mathematics courses at MATC for Fall semester 2007.

  • On March 1, 64 teachers attendedtheK-7 Assessment Pilot meeting.  The general meeting included a content session that focused on the concept of area and a discussion of Assessment Legacy.  The grades K-1 teachers participated in a professional development session on Cognitively Guided Instruction and Kevin McLeod worked on writing CABS with K5 teachers.

  • On March 6 and 9, approximately 243 Math Teacher Leaders and Textbook Implementation Leaders attended the Math Teacher Leader meetings. At the meeting they received information on the guidelines for the Textbook Implementation Plan (TIP) MMP Grant. The purpose of the grant is to advance quality professional development experiences that align to the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework and provide the opportunity for teachers to study their newly selected mathematics program.  The teachers also engaged in math content activities that focused on the relationships between geometry and number. Activities included maps on a grid, exploring properties of shapes on a coordinate system, and motion geometry-translations on a grid.

  • Approximately 36 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Grades 8-9 Assessment Pilot meetings on March 1, 8, and 10. Attendeesexamined revisions for Measurement CABS, identified updates in Grade 10 Descriptors for Statistics and Probability, and reviewed Geometry and Number CABS.

  • Eighteen teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Transition Committee meeting on March 13. Meeting topics included Algebra Progress Checks, the Math Readiness Test, geometry/statistics mini courses, and the ALEKS summer program at UWM.

  • Approximately 16 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Assessment meeting on March 13. Meeting topics included the Wisconsin high school math requirement for graduation, the Readiness Test, and the High School Math Summit in June.

  • Approximately 30 teachers and other MMP affiliates High School Department Chair/Math Teacher Leader meeting on March 13. Meeting topics included summer plans, Assessment Pilot Updates, the College Readiness Exam, and the High School Math Summit.

  • On March 16, the MMP Steering Committee held a meeting.

  • MMP was well represented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual meeting from March 19-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. University faculty, Teachers-in- Residence, Math Specialists, and MPS teachers collaborated to present and disseminate the work of the MMP.
    • Larry Bradsby, Jerry Cummins, Shirley M. Frye, Henry S. Kepner Jr., Steve Leinwand, Tom Rowan, Dorothy S. Strong, and Ross Taylor presented Workshop for New Leaders.

    • Irene Eizen and Henry S. Kepner, Jr. presented Funds to Support Your Teachers’ and Districts’ Growth: Learning About NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust’s Grant and Scholarship Programs.

    • Christine Franklin, Gary Kader, and Henry Kranendonk presented Thinking and Reasoning with Data- Developing Statistics Thinking.

    • Melissa Hedges, DeAnn Huinker, and Connie Laughlin presented Content Knowledge for Leadership: District Model to Strengthen and Assess Math Teacher Leaders’ Understanding of the Big Ideas of Algebra.

    • Melissa Hedges and Beth Schefelker presented Supporting Special Education Teachers: Exploring Alternate Algorithm Strategies to Expand Student Experiences with Mathematics.

    • Henry Kepner and Henry Kranendonk presented Preparing Math Teachers as Instructional Coaches of Urban Classroom Teachers at Small (Gates) High Schools & Schools in Need of Improvement. 

  • MMP was well represented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting from March 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. University faculty, Teachers-in- Residence, Math Specialists, and MPS teachers collaborated to present and disseminate the work of the MMP.

    • Shunda Allen and Rosann Hollinger presented Representing the Best in All of Us: Before and After Descriptive Feedback.

    • Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Camilla Benbow, Larry Faulkner, Francis (Skip) Fennell, Russell Gersten, Henry S. Kepner Jr., and Wilfried Schmid  presented The National Math Panel: An Update.

    • Cherly Brenner, Laura M. Maly, and Janice Udovich presented The Power of Mathematical Representation: Punkin’ Chunkin’.

    • Sue Dean and Laura M. Maly presented Standards-Based Assessments on My Mind!

    • Irene Eizen, Henry S. Kepner Jr., Roberta Koss, Sandra Powers, and James M. Rubillo presented Grants for Classroom Teachers: Tips and Proposals.

    • Janis Freckmann and Beth Ann Schefelker presented  Instructional Strategies That Support Mathematical Problem Solving.

    • Sharonda Harris and Beth Ann Schefelker presented  Algebra? For Little Kids? You Betcha!

    • Sharonda Harris and Melissa E. Hedges presented Journey through Algebra: The Role of the Distributive Property.

    • Henry Kepner, Daniel Lotesto, and Kevin B. McLeod presented Taking Students from Reasoning to Proof: Demonstrating Mathematical Connections.

    • Henry Kranendonk presented Activities for Learning Statistics from the GAISE Report (Level C).

    • Dan Lotesto, Robin O’Callaghan, and Frederick W. Schuppan presented How Best to Prepare Students to Take the SAT Mathematics Test.

    • Lee Ann Pruske and Dana Thome presented Using Algebraic Thinking to Support Computational Fluency.

  • The first workshop of the Bringing Back the Rigor series, The Shape(s) of Space(s), was led by Kevin McLeod on March 24 at UWM.  Twenty-one participants from eleven schools attended this program.

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on March 26.

  • On March 29, approximately 21 principals and 18 school leaders representing 37 Milwaukee Public Schools attended the Principals’ and School Leaders’ Breakfast at the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club. Topics included guidelines for the MMP Grant, the Textbook Implementation Plan, the Top Ten Elements of successful textbook adoption, updated information on Governor Doyle’s budget proposal for mathematics, and MMP updates.

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April 2007

  • On April 2 and 3, approximately 82 teachers attended Math Teacher Leader meetings. Topics included the Pythagorean Theorem, geometric and algebraic proofs, and algebraic relationships. Attendees engaged in activities related to the aforementioned topics.

  • On April 4, 17, and 21, approximately 28 teachers and MMP affiliates attended the Grades 8-9 Assessment Pilot meeting at Central Services. Meeting topics included geometry CABS and number descriptors.

  • Lynn Doyle presented “A Study of Democratic Purposes and Processes in School Leadership Teams” as a poster session at the annual the Research Exposition in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • The American Educational Research Association Annual Convention and Exhibition was held in Chicago, Illinois from April 9-13. Lynn Doyle led a discussion on a paper titled, “A study of school teams: Democratically functioning or malfunctioning.”

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on April 16.

  • Sixteen teachers attended the High School Transition Committee meeting on April 17. Attendees discussed plans for next year’s Readiness Test and the High School Math Summit in June. They also reviewed student work.

  • On April 17, 14 teachers, TIRs, and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Assessment meeting at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included the CABS Assessment overview, Learning Targets and Descriptors for algebra, and the High School Math Summit in June.

  • Approximately 25 teachers, TIRs, and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chair/Math Teacher Leader meeting on April 17 at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included MMP summer activities for math teachers, summer action plans and mini-grants for high schools, assessment pilot updates, and the High School Summit in June. Attendees engaged in an activity related to WKCE performance at the high school level.

  • Math teaching specialist Sharonda Harris and math instructional coach Laura Maly attended the annual Math Coaching Conference April 23-24 in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • On April 26, approximately 54 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Pilot meeting. The general meeting included a content session that focused on the Pythagorean Theorem. Grades K-1 teachers continued to work on grade level CABS. Grades 2-7 teachers focused on math features in a power question and descriptive feedback.

  • On April 27, the Department of Mathematical Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosted the eighteenth annual Marden Lecture on Mathematics, The Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC), presented by Professor David E. Keyes.

  • On April 28, approximately 24 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the second workshop of the Bringing Back the Rigor series, Fun with Fibonacci and Friends, led by Kevin McLeod at UWM.

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May 2007

  • In lieu of their regular meetings, 94 MTLs attended the annual Wisconsin Mathematics Council Conference (WMCC) on May 3-4 in Green Lake, Wisconsin. WMCC offered quality professional development for all levels of mathematics educators, includinghands-on workshops, networking sessions, NCTM Navigations demonstrations, computer labs, share sessions, and an exhibit hall. Additionally, WMCC provided a booth with information on and registration for National Board Certification, staffed by National Board Certified Teachers, including UWM teacher-in-residence Karen Corlyn.
  • The work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through many presentations at WMCC:
    • Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris presented Thinking Through Problem Solving.
    • Karen Corlyn presented Should National Board Certification be Your Next Professional Development Project? 
    • Karen Corlyn and Nancy Jo Grochowski presented Managing Math Manipulatives-Virtually. 
    • Jeanne DeHaro, Pandora Bedford, and Ingrid Henry presented Using Descriptive Feedback to Improve Student Achievement.
    • Astrid Fossum, and Sheri Hauser presented Games in Math?...Of course! 
    • Pam Guehlstorf, Mabel Sequeira, and Michael Flory presented Classroom Instruction That Works. 
    • Rosann Hollinger and Dacia Hopfensperger presented Learning from the Nation’s Report Card: Making the Connections. 
    • Rosann Hollinger and Shunda Allen presented Representing the Best in All of Us: Before and After Descriptive Feedback.  
    • Henry Kepner presented A Quest for Coherence: The NCTM Curriculum Focal Points-What Do They Say For Your Students, For You, For Your District, For Wisconsin?  
    • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, and Dan Lotesto presented Taking Students from Reasoning to Proof: Demonstrating Mathematical Connections. 
    • Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Gary Luck, William Mandella, David Ruskiewicz, Karen Corlyn, Lee Ann Pruske, and Paige Richards presented Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching-Updates on our Work in the Milwaukee Partnership. 
    • Henry Kranendonk presented Computer Science Within the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. 
    • Henry Kranendonk and Bernard Rahming presented Mapping Mathematics Rigor to Assessment and Teaching Goals. 
    • Joanie Marchillo, Susan Wolter, and Mary Beth LaHaye presented The Value of Formative Assessments: Showing Growth Over Time.
    • Joanie Marchillo, Susan Wolter, and Mary Beth LaHaye presented Written Communication in Mathematics: The Missing Piece.
    • Kevin McLeod, DeAnn Huinker, Hank Kepner, John Koker, Henry Kranendonk, Sharonda Harris, Beth Schefelker, Dexxie Bankhead, and Melissa Hedges presented  Mathematics Fellowship: Provided Mathematics Content to Middle-Grades Teachers. 
    • Robert Moore presented Fractions as Missing Factors. 
    • Lee Ann Pruske and Dana Thome presented Using Algebraic Thinking to Support Computational Fluency.
    • Lee Ann Pruske and Paige Richards presented What’s the Big Deal, Area is Just LxW Right?? Or is it? 
    • Beth Schefelker and Bernard Rahming presented Descriptive Feedback: We Couldn’t Coach Sports Without It, Why Don’t We Use It Effectively In Schools? 
    • Beth Schefelker and Michelle Douglas-Meyer presented Math Descriptors for K5-Gr1 Teachers? There Are the MPS! 
    • Bridget Schock and Laura Maly presented Extreme “Crib” Makeover-A Summer Program Designed for Incoming 9th Graders.  .
    • April Swick and Mary Balogh presented Math on the Go Kits-Interactive Homework to Involve the Entire Family!  .
    • Astrid Wagner and John Schendel presented Striving to Make a Difference.
    • Thalia Williams presented Mathematics-From “K to College”. 
    • Sharon Zagorski, Michelle Douglas-Meyer, and DeAnn Huinker presented Exploring Assessment in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2
  • Approximately 61 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the final K-7 Assessment Pilot meeting of the school year on May 10 at the Boy Scout Office. The general meeting included a content session on coordinate geometry. All attendees took a MKT post-survey. Grades K-1 teachers continued to work on the completion of Number Operations CABS and began the study of geometric reasoning. Grades 2-7 teachers focused on geometry/measurement power questions and descriptive feedback.
  • The MMP Steering Committee held a meeting on May 11.
  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on May 14.
  • Approximately 18 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Transition Committee on May 15 at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included the ALEKS summer program, Title IIB grant for MPS, and the Math Kickoff in August.
  • Approximately 16 teachers, TIRs, and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Assessment meeting on May 15 at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included the MMP High School Math Survey, the upcoming High School Math Summit, and the Marshall Plan.
  • Approximately 17 teachers, TIRs, and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chair/Math Teacher Leader meeting on May 15 at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included the High School Math Teacher Survey, Assessment Pilot updates, the upcoming High School Summit, and the Fall MTL Kickoff Meeting.
  • Approximately 22 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended aGrades 8-9 Workshop “Unveiling the 8th Grade CABS and More,” onMay 22 at the MPS Central Services Office. At the workshop, the facilitators introduced the 8th grade math CABS and demonstrated how CABS can be used as formative assessments.

  • The last day of the Lenses on Learning course took place on May 24. Thirteen principals took a follow-up survey regarding their experience with the course.

  • On May 26, twenty-one teachers and other MMP affiliates attended “Measuring Areas and Volumes”, the third workshop of the Bringing Back the Rigor series, conducted by Mike Hero at UWM.

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June 2007

  • The High School Math Summit on took place on June 2nd. Over 100 people attended.  Participants chose four sessions to attend from a total of twelve possible sessions. Henry Kranendonk unveiled the Marshall Plan focusing on constructed response items and providing descriptive feedback to students. Six Foundation Level Summit meetings for both eighth and ninth grade MTLs will be held in the 2007-2008 school year.

  • On June 4th and 7th, approximately 83 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended Math Teacher Leader meetings. Topics included CMF and Informational Strategies, TIP Grant Sharing, and NSF Data. Math Teacher Leaders took the Geometry Content test and completed year-end evaluations and NSF forms.

  • On June 5th, approximately 15 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Transition Committee meeting at Custer High School. Topics included the recent Math Summit, Smart Boards, summer ALEKS courses, and the creation of a Transition Syllabus.

  • On June 5th, approximately 15 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Assessment meeting at Custer High School. Meeting topics included the Marshall Plan, Foundation Level Assessment Pilots, and MMP summer initiatives.

  • The MMP Steering Committee met on June 8.

  • On June 9, twenty-two teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the fourth workshop of the Bringing Back the Rigor series, titled “P vs. NP: What Does It Mean to Solve a Problem?” led by Kevin McLeod at UWM.

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on June 11th.

  • A Milwaukee Partnership Academy Partners meeting was held on June 15th.

  • Beginning June 18th, UWM offered several professional development courses to MMP teachers.

    • Twenty-three teachers enrolled in Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computations, a two credit course.

    • Twenty-nine teachers enrolled in Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data two, a credit course.

    • A combined 46 teachers enrolled in both sections of MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Scott Foresman.

    • Six teachers enrolled in Mathematical Explorations for Secondary Teachers.

  • From June 25-29, approximately 18 MPS elementary teachers came together to help work on the first quarter pacing guides for the Everyday Math program.  They met with a Math Teaching Specialist who helped oversee the committee's work. Together they completed the first quarter pacing guides and will continue to work throughout the school year on the pacing guides for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters.

  • Beginning June 25th, there were 24 teachers enrolled in MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Glencoe.    Glencoe was adopted by the most schools as the math program for grades 6-8.

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July 2007

  • From July 9-11 approximately 18 MPS elementary teachers came together to help work on the first quarter pacing guides for the Expressions math program.  They met with a Math Teaching Specialist who helped oversee the committee's work.  Together they completed the first quarter pacing guides and will continue to work throughout the school year on the pacing guides for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters.
  • From July 9-11 approximately 10 MPS middle school teachers came together to help work on the pacing guides for the three middle school math programs: CMP2, Glencoe, and Holt.  They met with Math Teaching Specialists who helped oversee the committee's work. 
  • Beginning July 10th, thirty-one teachers enrolled in the ESEA-sponsored professional development course titled “Developing Geometric Knowledge for Teaching”.   Teachers from the Milwaukee, Franklin, Green Bay, and Mequon-Theinsville public school districts will deepen their content knowledge in Geometry.
  • UWM offered professional development courses to MMP teachers.
    • Beginning July 9th, thirty-two teachers enrolled in the one-credit course titled, “Algebraic Relationships & Reasoning, Part One”. Thirteen teachers enrolled in the course titled “MPS Mathematics Curriculum: CMP2”.
    • Beginning July 10th, seven teachers enrolled in the one-credit course titled, “Graphing Calculators in the Secondary Classroom”.
    • Beginning July 16th, seventeen teachers enrolled in the one-credit course titled, “Algebraic Relationships & Reasoning, Part Two”. Nine teachers enrolled in the one-credit course, MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Holt “.
    • Beginning July 23rd, forty teachers enrolled in two sections of the one-credit course, “MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Everyday Math”.
    • Beginning July 30th, sixty-seven teachers enrolled in two sections of the one-credit course titled “MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Expressions”.
  • From July 23-25 approximately 18 MPS elementary teachers came together to help work on the first quarter pacing guides for the Scott Foresman math program.  They met with a Math Teaching Specialist who helped oversee the committee's work.  Together they completed the first quarter pacing guides and will continue to work throughout the school year on the pacing guides for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters.

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