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Accomplishments Year 5

August 2007

  • On August 27 and 28, the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership held the annual Math Teacher Leader Kick Off at Bradley Technology and Trade High School. Approximately 175 MTLs were in attendance, which was double last year’s attendance.  The two-day event included a presentation by Dr. Carol Malloy entitled “Engaging Students and Teaching Mathematics for Understanding.”   The remaining sessions, focused on CABS, formative assessment, curriculum guides, as well as beginning this year’s content focus, probability and statistics.

September 2007

  • The Milwaukee Partnership Academy Implementation Team met on September 10.

  • On September 11, over 30 Math Department Chairs, teachers, and others were in attendance for the High School Math Department Chair Meeting.  At the meeting, Henry Kranendonk discussed an initiative from School Director Falk that would require all high school juniors to take the ACT exam.   Also at the meeting, a revised version of the Learning Targets was distributed, the Marshall Plan Summit goals were outlined, a common high school course syllabus project was introduced, and Year 5 action plan goals were discussed.

  • On September 14, an MMP Planning Retreat was held at the MTEA offices.  The TIRs, Math Teaching Specialists, Math Coaches, and other key MMP affiliates from UWM, MPS, and MATC were in attendance to help plan and discuss the upcoming events for Year 5 of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • On September 15 and 22, Math Teacher Leader Meetings were held at the School Support Building.  A total of approximately 120 MTLs attended the meetings.  Topics included: building academic vocabulary, an action plan application, grades 2-7 assessment, and family math night kit and guide.  MTLs also participated in a probability and statistics survey that focused on both content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge.  Finally, a probability and statistics content session that focused on making conjectures was presented by Dr. Henry Kepner and Dr. Kevin McLeod.

  • On September 17, UWM offered the first class of the course entitled Geometric Knowledge for Teaching (GKT) to approximately 30 teachers for the start of the 2007-2008 school year.  The course, taught by DeAnn Huinker, Janis Freckmann, Connie Laughlin, and Pandora Bedford will focus on geometric content knowledge, formative and summative assessment, and analysis of student work. 

  • Beginning September 19, UWM offered MATH 176: Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II to approximately 10 teachers.  The focus of the course will be the content areas of geometry, probability, and statistics.  This three credit course taught by Dr. Kevin McLeod is a follow up to the section of Math 175 that he taught in the spring.

  • A Milwaukee Partnership Academy Partners meeting was held on September 21.

  • On September 22 and 29 the Foundation Level Math Assessment Pilot: Grades 8-9 took place at Marshall High School.  Approximately 40 math teacher leaders were in attendance on both days.  Topics included Learning Targets and State Descriptors, CABS, constructed response questions, and formative assessment.  Teachers received a Guide to Formative Assessment binder with activities, pacing guides, and sample student work packets.  Dr. Kevin McLeod (Mathematics Department – UWM) and Mary Mooney (TIR) presented a content session on probability, introducing the “Remove One Game."

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October 2007

  • Beginning October 1, UWM offered the course MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Expressions to 24 MPS teachers. The course was taught by Sharonda Harris and Astrid Wagner and focused on the development of mathematical ideas in the Expressions program. Participants examined the alignment of this program to the MPS Learning Targets, State Assessment Descriptors, and district level CABS.

  • Beginning October 2, UWM offered the course MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Everyday Math to 10 MPS teachers. The course was taught by Leah Donohue and Melissa Hedges and focused on the development of mathematical ideas in the Everyday Math program. Participants examined the alignment of this program to the MPS Learning Targets, State Assessment Descriptors, and district level CABS.

  • Beginning October 3, UWM offered the Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics-Part 1 course to 24 MPS teachers. The course was taught by Penny Krafczyk and Astrid Wagner and examined best practices that support oral and written communication in the mathematics classroom.

  • On October 4, Dr. Huinker and Dr. McLeod presented “The Work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership” at Nigbo University (China) Delegation Higher Education Workshop in Milwaukee.

  • On October 5 and 6, approximately 85 people attended the Institutions for Higher Education (IHE) Conference, “Mathematical Preparation for Middle School, Teachers of Mathematics: A Wisconsin Concern”, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Group sessions included the following:

    • Re-conceptualizing Mathematics: Courses for Prospective and Practicing Teachers—Building and Developing a Coherent Program
    • Teacher Assessments and Identified Areas of Content Challenges
    • Preparation and Professional Development of Wisconsin Mathematics Teachers: A Look at Several Programs and Projects of Institutions of Higher Education
    • PI 34: Implications and Directions for Mathematics Content Preparations
    • Wisconsin Assessment Framework and Praxis II Exams

    Breakout sessions included the following:

    • Geometry for Teachers
    • Probability and Statistics for Teachers
    • Math for Elementary Teachers Foundation Courses
    • Mathematical Problem-Solving for Teachers
    • Algebraic Thinking and Structures for Teachers
    • Other Mathematical Topics (e.g., Discrete Mathematics)

     

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

  • Approximately 27 high school department chairs and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chair Meeting on October 9. Topics included courses and a “district” syllabus, Marshall Plan Summits, ninth and tenth grade pacing guides, the Oostburg lesson, and the Pre-Calculus/Calculus network.

  • Approximately 196 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the MTL Meetings on October 9 and 12. Topics included Benchmark Assessment Constructed Response Training, Curriculum Guides, questioning skills in probability and statistics, and a framework for statistical problem solving. 

  • UWM offered the Lenses on Learning (LOL): Instructional Leadership in Mathematics course with approximately 27 K-8 Administrators and Instructional Leaders. Beginning in October, LOL continues throughout the school year. 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.

  • Beginning October 15, UWM offered the MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Middle School course to 16 MPS middle school teachers. The course was taught by Cynthia Cuellar and Marie Schimenz and focused on the development of mathematical ideas in the middle school using material from the CMP2, Glencoe, and Holt programs. Participants examined the alignment of their program to the MPS Learning Targets, State Assessment Descriptors, and district level CABS.

  • Approximately 87 eighth and ninth grade teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Foundation Level Math Assessment Pilot meeting on October 16 and 18. The meeting was divided into three sessions that included: CABS, probability and statistics math content, and constructed response. Attendees completed the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching survey.

  • Approximately 50 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Meeting on October 18. Meeting topics included vocabulary-building using the Marzano method, Year Five committee expectations, and probability and statistics CABS. Attendees completed the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Survey.

  • Beginning October 30, UWM offered the MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Scott Foresman course to 19 MPS teachers. The course was taught by Astrid Fossum and  Lori Collenburg and focused on the development of mathematical ideas in the Scott Foresman program. Participants will examine the alignment of this program to the MPS Learning Targets, State Assessment Descriptors, and district level CABS.

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November 2007

  • On November 2 and 3, Math Teaching Specialists Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris attended the National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents, Inc. at the National Parent Center in Rochester, New York. They shared the work of MMP through the following presentations: “Thinking Through Problem Solving” and “Mathematics and Children's Literature: The Natural Connection”.

  • Beginning November 6, UWM offered the Number and Computation Development: Special Education Focus course to 30 MPS teachers. The course was taught by Melissa Hedges and Beth Schefelker with special education consultant Mary Spidell.  The course focused on developing number sense, basic facts, and computational fluency as well as low-memory intensive algorithms. Special attention was given to strategies for working with struggling and special education students. 

  • Carl Hanssen and MaryAnn Durland presented “Maximizing Evaluation Impact by Maximizing Methods: Social Network Analysis Combined with Traditional Methods for Measuring Collaboration” during the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association in Baltimore, Maryland (November 7-10, 2007).

  • On November 8 and 9, Dr. Huinker and Dr. McLeod presented “Collaboration for Mathematical Preparation and Development at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee” at the Teachers for a New Era Mathematical Conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • On November 12, Carl Hanssen and Cindy Walker presented the Year Four Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership Evaluation Report at the MPA Implementation Team meeting.

  • On November 13, approximately 32 high school math teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chair Meeting at Marshall High School. Meeting topics included the Readiness Exam, Curriculum Framework Guides, the State budget, and Pre-Calculus/Calculus Network. Jessica Kachur, a math teacher from Racine Case High School, presented TI’s newest calculator, the TI-Inspire™.

  • On November 14, approximately 92 math teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Math Teacher Leader meeting at the Sarah Scott Middle School auditorium. Carl Hanssen presented the Year Four Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership Evaluation Report. Attendees received the next Mathematics Curriculum Guide.

  • On November 19, approximately 19 teachers from 15 schools attended the Algebra Lab High School Math Lab Initiative, “The Magic Triangle”, at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Professor Kevin McLeod and Teachers-In-Residence Mary Mooney and Karen Corlyn presented a lesson plan that teachers could use in their classrooms.

  • A Math Colloquium at Marquette University was held on November 26. Marta Magiera of Illinois Institute of Technology gave a presentation entitled “Metacognition in Solving Complex Problems: A Case Study of Situations and Circumstances that Prompt Metacognitive Behaviors.”

  • On November 28 Jennifer Kaminski of the Ohio State University gave a presentation entitled “Promoting Transfer of Mathematical Knowledge” at Marquette University as a part of a Math Colloquium.

  • On November 29, approximately 54 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Meeting at the Boy Scout Office. The morning session focused on the 2007 GAISE report, probability and statistics mathematics content, and building academic vocabulary. During the afternoon session, kindergarten and first grade teachers reviewed probability and statistics CABS while second through seventh grade teachers examined effective feedback and assessment pilot CABS.

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December 2007

  • Approximately 117 math teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Math Teacher Leader meetings on December 6 and 13. Meeting topics included the vocabulary using the Marzano strategy, exploring centers, and the importance of math in college placement testing. Teachers discussed feedback on student work samples.

  • On December 12, UWM math professor Kevin McLeod presented “Charting a Course for the Future: A Wisconsin Perspective” at the MSP STEM Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • Rosann Hollinger, Sharonda Harris, and Cynthia Cuellar attended the twelfth annual Wisconsin Education Association of Student Support Programs, Inc. Sharing Conference (Preschool-Grade 5 Title One/Pre-College), themed “Learning: A Lifelong Journey” in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on December 12 -14. Their interactive session, titled “Vocabulary and Mathematics Achievement: What’s the Connection?” explained Robert Marzano’s six-step process for building academic vocabulary.

  • On December 14, Carl Hanssen spoke about the MMP Year 4 external evaluation at the MPA Partners Meeting.

  • Seventeen teachers attended the Algebra Lab on December 17 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.   At the meeting, teachers were asked to guess when historical events occurred.  Teachers then compared the actual date of the historical event to their guesses.  The teachers’ guesses and actual event dates were represented using a scatterplot and teachers tried to develop criteria to determine which estimates were the most accurate.

  • Approximately 35 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Pilot Committee Meeting on December 20 at Marshall High School. The content session focused on data collection (part two of the 2007 GAISE Report). Kindergarten and first grade teachers reviewed statistics and probability CABS and explored measurement ideas for CABS development. Second through seventh grade teachers discussed writing effective feedback and reviewed the Guide to Formative Assessment.

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January 2008

  • Approximately 21 teachers attended the High School Department Chairs’ Meeting on January 8. Meeting topics included syllabus development, the textbook selection committee, semester exams, the High School Readiness Test, the upcoming High School Learning Team Seminar, professional development opportunities, and Summer 2008 plans.

  • Approximately 115 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Math Teacher Leader meetings on January 10 and 17 at Marshall High School. The content session was titled “Are You Typical?”. Meeting topics also included free association (step four of Building Math Vocabulary) and constructed response prompts. Attendees also participated in cohort meetings with their Math Teaching Specialist.

  • MMP and MPS had great participation at the 4th Annual New Wisconsin Promise Conference on January 15 and 16 in Madison, Wisconsin. University faculty, MPS teachers, TIRs, and Math Teaching Specialists collaborated to share the work of MMP.

    • Beth Schefelker, LeAnn Pruske, and Paige Richards presented “A Recipe for Blending the Five Essential Ingredients Kneaded for Effective Mathematics Instruction”.
    • Pandora Bedford and Astrid Fossum presented “Descriptive Feedback in Mathematics: Moving to the Next Level”.
    • Sharonda M. Harris, Cynthia Cuellar, and Rosann Hollinger presented “Vocabulary and Mathematics Achievement: What’s the Connection?”

     

  • Beginning January 23, UWM offered the course Calculus: From Intuition to Rigor (MATH 675-102) to 10 teachers, taught by UWM professor Kevin McLeod. Participants deepened their understanding of calculus by thoroughly exploring the fundamental ideas of the subject.  A problem-solving approach was adopted, enabling calculus concepts to emerge as natural extensions of pre-calculus ideas. Participants examined how intuitive ideas are expressed in the rigorous language of modern mathematics.

  • On January 24, thirty teachers started the course Teaching Geometry and Spatial Reasoning Grades K-8 (CURRINS 560-104), taught by Anne Marie Marshall. Participants learned how key mathematical ideas of geometry develop across grade levels. Participants examined aspects of two- and three-dimensional shapes and explore both definitions and properties of geometric objects. Additionally, they read and studied classroom-based cases and discussed ways to support the power and complexity of students’ thinking about geometry.

  • Approximately 40 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Meeting on January 24. Content sessions focused on building academic vocabulary and formative assessment. Kindergarten and first grade teachers analyzed student work from statistics and probability CABS and developed measurement CABS. Second through seventh grade teachers revisited constructed response and examined a protocol for formative assessment.

  • MMP and MPS had great participation at the Twelfth Annual American Math Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference on January 24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. University faculty, MPS teachers, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Teaching Specialists shared the work of MMP.

    • Kevin McLeod, Hank Kepner, Melissa Hedges, and Beth Schefelker presented “Mathematics Fellowships: Providing Mathematics Content to Middle-grades Teachers”.

    • Beth Schefelker, Kevin McLeod, and Melissa Hedges presented “Mathematics Fellowships: Providing Mathematics Content to Middle-Grades Teachers”.
    • Hank Kepner (NCTM President-Elect) and Francis “Skip” Fennell (NCTM President) presented, “The Challenges for Mathematics Education: Collaborations with and Recommendations for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics”.
    • Gail Burrill (Michigan State University), Jeanne Wald (Michigan State University), Hank Kepner, and Kevin McLeod presented “The Role of Mathematicians in the Preparation and Professional Development of Teachers”.
    • DeAnn Huinker, Lee Ann Pruske, and Mary Mooney presented “Improving Teacher Knowledge in Geometry and Measurement:  Sustained Content Focused Professional Development Collaboration of Mathematicians, Mathematics Educators, and Teachers-in-Residence”.
    • Karen Corlyn, Lee Ann Pruske, Paige Richards, and Hank Kepner presented, “Making Mathematics Meaningful and Memorable”.

     

  • On January 28, Carl Hanssen and Dr. Huinker presented “School Based Partnerships: Using Social Network Analysis to Measure Progress towards Distributed Leadership” at the MSP Learning Network Conference in Washington, D.C.

  • On January 29, thirty teachers (grades K-8) began the course Communication and Reasoning, Part One (CURRINS 560-102), taught through UWM by Leah Donohue and Sherrie Griffin. This course examined best practices that support oral and written communication in the mathematics classroom. Participants deepened their knowledge of strategies that support mathematical communication and gained insight on practices that support students’ ability to reason in mathematics.

  • Beginning January 29, the course Numbers and Computation—Special Education Focus (560-105) was offered through UWM to 24 regular and special education teachers. Instructors Melissa Hedges and Beth Schefelker worked with special education consultant Mary Spidell to focus on developing number sense, basic facts, computational fluency, and low-memory algorithms for all learners. Special attention was given to strategies for working with struggling and special education students.

  • Approximately 25 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Grades 8-9 Foundation Level Math Assessment Pilot Meeting on January 29 and 31. This meeting focused on descriptive feedback using CABS and constructing rubrics.

  • Beginning January 30, UWM offered the course Teaching Fractions Concepts and Computation (CURRINS 560-106) to 26 teachers (grades 3-8). Topics include understanding fraction concepts, comparisons, and equivalencies, and developing computational strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Participants examined the development of rational number ideas and learned ways to use representations as number lines and area models to enhance their instruction of fractions.

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February 2008

  • On February 8, Dr. Huinker, Dr. McLeod, and other colleagues presented “Mathematics for Elementary School Teaching: What Is It and How Do Teachers Learn It?” at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

  • Approximately 20 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the High School Department Chairs’ Meeting on February 12. Meeting topics includedthe textbook selection committee, syllabus development, the Math Readiness Test, possible grant development, and upcoming professional development opportunities.

  • Approximately 415 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended theLearning Team Meetings held on February 12, 13, 22, and 23. Meeting topics included 2006-07 WKCE data and the Math Readiness Test. Participants viewed a demonstration on ThinkLink Learning and created a school plan based on benchmark assessment data analysis.

  • Approximately 25 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Algebra Lab on February 26.  Topics included using data in a scatterplot to make predictions both graphically and algebraically.

  • MATC recruited and placed 5 new TEP students as math interns into Milwaukee Public Elementary Schools.

  • Approximately 45 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Grades K-7 Assessment Meeting on February 28. Susan Brookhart’s article “Feedback That Fits” was discussed. Kindergarten and first grade teachers reviewed student work on Statistics and Probability and Measurement CABS. Second through seventh grade teachers received constructed response training and a protocol for formative assessment.

  • On February 28, UWM Professor Cindy Walker presented MPS research brief “Findings from the NSF-Mathematics Project”, sponsored by the MPS Division of Research and Assessment. 

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March 2008

  • On March 1, Eva Baez, MATC; Paige Richards, MPS/MMP; Patricia Marcus, Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club, presented “Leaping Ahead: Creating Opportunities for Early Childhood Classroom Experiences” at the NACCTEP (National Association for Community College Teacher Education Programs) in Denver, CO. 

  • On March 5 and 10, approximately 110 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended Math Teacher Leader meetings. Meeting topics included building academic vocabulary, box and whisker plots, teaching and pacing challenges. Teachers analyzed their Benchmark Assessment data based on learning targets.

  • On March 11, approximately 28 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended theHigh School Department Chair Meeting. Meeting topics included data analysis using the “Leaky Faucet Analogy”, algebra and geometry textbook selection, the MMP survey, the Grade 8-9 April Summit, and the Green Lake Conference. Participants discussed the algebra one-algebra two-level math problem “Will women run faster than men?”

  • On March 13,approximately 30 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the K-7 Assessment Meeting. Content consisted of probability and statistics. Kindergarten and first grade teachers analyzed Measurement CABS and worked on probability and statistics. Second through seventh grade teachers reviewed a Protocol for Formative Assessment and revisited CABS.

  • On March 14, a Partners meeting was held by the Milwaukee Partnership Academy.

  • From March 24 to 28, UWM Professor Dr. Cindy Walker attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in New York, NY.  While there she gave a presentation entitled “A Didiactic Explanation of Using HLM-based Value Added Accountability Systems to Evaluate Large-Scale Educational Reform Initiatives”.

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April 2008

  • On April 1 and 3, approximately 113 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended Math Teacher Leader meetings. Meeting topics included building academic vocabulary using the Marzano method, constructing rubrics, and the MMP work continuum. Content sessions focused on using the GAISE report as a reference for framework and curriculum development. Attendees discussed portfolios in their share session.

  • Beginning April 2, UWM offered the course Communication and Reasoning-Part Two (560-103) to 30 MPS teachers.  Taught by math teaching specialist Beth Schefelker and math teacher Shirley Kimmons, as a continuum of Part One, this course focused on development of math vocabulary. It also addressed district learning targets/expectations for math communication on district and state math assessments.

  • From April 7 to 9, the work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through many presentations at the NCSM 40th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
    • Beth Schefelker, Kevin McLeod, Julie Buckholt, and Christine Kadow presented “Seizing an Opportunity to Build Teacher Content Knowledge from a Mathematician Who Learned Lessons from Teachers!”
    • Henry Kepner, Lee Ann Pruske, Kevin McLeod, DeAnn Huinker, Paige Richards, Mary Mooney, and Karen Corlyn presented “Improving Teacher Knowledge in Geometry and Measurement: A Collaborative Effort Involving Mathematics Educator, STEM Faculty, and Teacher Leaders”.
    • Sharonda Harris and Astrid Fossum presented “An Urban District Uses Assessment Data to Improve Instruction”.
    • Laura Maly and Henry Kranendonk presented “Developing Feedback with Classroom Assessments to Improve Student Achievement”.
     
  • From April 9 to 12, the work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through many presentations at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Meeting and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah:
    • Shunda Lynn Allen and Kelli Carson presented a grades 6-8 session titled “The Power of Descriptive Feedback: Improving Students’ Achievement in Probability and Statistics”.
    • Gary Luck and Karen Kahn Corlyn presented a grades 3-8 gallery workshop titled “Sample Simulations for Practical Probability with Particularly Poignant Problems”.
    • Karen Kahn Corlyn and Nancy Jo Grochowski presented a general interest gallery workshop titled “National Board Certification: Your Next Professional Development Project”.
    • Rosann Hollinger, Pandora Bedford, and Cynthia Cuellar presented a grades 3-8 gallery workshop titled “Probability Performances in Grades 3, 5, 7: Games and Beyond!”.
    • Melissa Hedges and Beth Ann Schefelker presented a grades 3-5 session titled “Making Sense of Division”.
    • Henry Kepner presented a general interest session titled “Students Using Mathematics for Decision Making: When It Makes Sense to Them!”.
    • Laura Maly and Henry Kranendonk presented grades 6-12 gallery workshop titled “Developing Effective Descriptive Feedback with Classroom Assessments to Improve Students’ Achievement”.
    • Richard Stockbridge and Gary Luck presented grades 6-8/higher education gallery workshop titled “An Innovative Course in Discrete Probability and Statistics for Preservice Grades K-8 Teachers”.
    • Mary Mooney, Paige Richards, and Lee Ann Pruske presented grades 3-8 gallery workshop titled “Kou-Ko and the Peacock’s Tail”.

     

  • On April 15, approximately 29 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended theHigh School Department Chair Meeting. Meeting topics included syllabus review, textbook adoption, summer school courses, the ALEKS summer math program, and the MTL/Principal’s Breakfast on April 23.

  • On April 16 and 17, approximately 59 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended theGrades 8-9 Meetings. Meeting topics included MMP surveys, descriptive feedback using CABS, constructing rubrics, a benchmark data retreat. The content session focused on statistics.

  • Dr. Huinker, Dr. McLeod and Beth Schefelker presented the “Findings and Progress of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership” at the MPS School of Education Board of Visitors meeting on April 18.

  • Approximately 25 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Algebra Lab on April 19. Topics included examining that ratio of median income to Honda Civic prices by year, making conjectures regarding changes that occurred over time, the role of technology in these types of problems. Teachers also had the opportunity to look at student work and engage in discussions about classroom instruction.

  • On April 23, approximately 53 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the Principals’ Breakfast. Dr. Huinker, Dr. McLeod, and Henry Kranendonk presented about the past, present, and future of the MMP.

  • On April 24, approximately 30 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended theK-7 Assessment Meeting. Content sessions included probability and statistics.  Kindergarten and first grade teachers continued their work on the probability and statistics CABS.

  • On April 26, approximately 15 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended Cheryl Brenner and Company’s Geometry Unit Zero. Attendees reviewed middle school mathematical concepts that have typically required extra practice. They learned valuable process skills, including how to successfully work within a group to investigate and summarize important mathematical ideas. This unit attempted to “level the playing field” to enhance future learning as the year continued. It is great to use with students at the start of the school year or to review at the end of the school year. Participants received manipulatives that could be used with this unit.

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May 2008

  • MMP facilitated the Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) Leadership Pre-Conference titled ”Assessment Practices: What We’ve Learned, What We Know, and How It Impacts Our Schools” in Green Lake, Wisconsin. In lieu of a monthly MTL meeting, 114 teachers and other MMP affiliates attended the WMC’s Annual Conference in Green Lake Wisconsin on May 1 and 2.

  • DeAnn Huinker received the prestigious WMC’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award and was honored with a presentation at the annual banquet. Among many others, sixty-eight MMP teachers and affiliates attended this social.

  • Kevin McLeod and DeAnn Huinker facilitated the Welcome, Introductions, and Announcements session on May 2.  MMP’s work was shared through many presentations:

    • Accommodations for Students with Special Needs in Mathematics: Are They Really Helping to Improve Mathematics Understanding? (Beth Schefelker and Lee Ann Pruske)
    • Descriptive Feedback in Mathematics: Moving to the Next Level (Pandora Bedford and Astrid Fossum)
    • Managing Mathematics—Virtually (Karen Corlyn and Nancy Jo Grochowski)
    • Using Instructional Strategies to Motivate Students (Laura Maly)
    • How to Use Aleks to Provide One-On-One Mathematics Instruction 24/7 (Milton Bond)
    • Think Aloud in Mathematics (Astrid Wagner and Sherry Anderson)
    • Vocabulary and Mathematics Achievement: What’s the Connection? (Cynthia Cuellar, Rosann Hollinger, and Sharonda Harris)
    • The Power of Descriptive Feedback…Improving Students’ Achievement in Probability and Statistics (Shunda Allen and Latricia Johnson)
    • Developing Effective Descriptive Feedback with Classroom Assessments to Improve Student Achievement (Laura Maly and Henry Kranendonk)
    • Students’ Mathematical Reasoning: Throughout the Focal Points and Beyond (Henry Kepner)
    • The Impact of Calculators on Primary Mathematics Learning (Ibha Das)
    • Exploring Mathematics with the TI-Nspire (Daniel Hackbarth)
    • Enhancing the Understanding of Trigonometry Using Technology (Daniel Hackbarth)
    • Chances Are You Should Be Here! (Paige Richards and Lee Ann Pruske)
    • Sample Simulations for Practical Probability with Particularly Poignant Problems (Gary Luck and Karen Corlyn)
    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification—The Recognition You Deserve (Karen Corlyn)
    • Fractions and Thinking Multiplicatively (Robert Moore)
    • Tessellations to Tickle Your Geometry Fancy (Jennifer Neuenschwander, Bonnie Best, and Kyle Garland)

     

  • Approximately 28 high school teachers attended the May 13 High School Department Chair Meeting at Marshall High School.  The adoption of Key Curriculum Press’ Discovering Algebra (2007) and Discovering Geometry (4th ed., 2008) was announced. The MPS Curriculum Framework for the high schools which included the list of HS math courses and course numbers remaining on the active MPS list was distributed.  The Learning Targets were included as a part of the framework.  The ALEKS summer program  was also announced with UWM professor Eric Key as the contact person.

  • On May 21 and 22, approximately 60 teachers attended the Grades 8-9 Foundation Level Assessment Pilot Meeting at Marshall High School.  Topics included formative assessment and descriptive feedback.  Teachers took the post MKT (Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching) Survey.  Dr. Jack Moyer from Marquette University presented information and some results from a LieCal study (Longitudinal Investigation of the Effect of Curricula on Algebra Learning) that focused on 6-8th graders at 16 schools.  The UWM content session focused on the “whys” of a few questions that teachers had asked during the year.

  • On May 29, approximately 20 teachers and other MMP affiliates attendedtheK-7 Assessment Meeting. Content sessions focused on using the GAISE report as a reference for framework and curriculum development.  Teachers completed Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Survey.  The committee closed by sharing reflections of their work on the committee has impacted their classroom instruction.

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June 2008

  • Approximately 100 MTLs attended the June 2 and 6 MTL Meeting, the final meeting of the school year.  The content session included the likelihood of events to occur and testing predictions.  The MTLs also took the MKT post survey.  The meeting concluded with reflections on the year as well as next steps for the MTLs.

  • Beginning June 17, several courses designed specifically for K-12 Math Leaders were offered to help maximize the role of the Math Teacher Leader, as well as help develop facilitation skills: 

    • Nineteen teachers enrolled in School Leadership in Mathematics, a one credit course taught by Janis Freckmann, Astrid Fossum, and Elnore McKinley-Seward.

    • Twenty-one teachers enrolled in Facilitating Practice-based Professional Development, a one credit course taught by Janis Freckmann.

  • On June 17, twenty-three teachers enrolled in Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data, a two credit course.  Sherrie Griffin and Leah Donohue were the instructors for this course.

  • On June 23,  twenty-eight teachers enrolled in the Number and Computation:  Addition and Subtraction one credit course taught by Sharonda Harris.  This course looked at the development of addition and subtraction concepts as well as ways to help struggling students.

  • On June 25, thirty-six teachers enrolled in Math 175 Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers.  These teachers will go on to complete a series of courses over the next three years as a part of the Math Fellows Program.

  • Beginning June 30, twenty-seven teachers began the first part of a two part project called the Geometry Knowledge for Teaching Project.  Teachers will complete both a summer and school year component while earning 5 free UWM credits.  The focus of this project is to develop content knowledge in geometry and impact classroom practice.

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July 2008

  • On July 7, a new MMP course, Developing Mathematical Ideas: Measurement Concepts, a two credit course, began. Due to a huge interest in the course, a second section of the course was offered to accommodate the 45 total participants.  One section of the course was co-taught by Anne Marie Marshall and Melissa Hedges, the other course was taught by Sharonda Harris.

  • Anne Marie Marshall and Paige Richards co-taught a section of Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation that began on July 7.  Seventeen teachers enrolled in this two credit course. 

  • On July 21, Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division was offered to  twenty-eight MPS teachers.  This one credit course, co-taught by Beth Schefelker and Melissa Hedges, examined the development of multiplication and division concepts, as well as ways to help struggling students.

  • On July 29, ten teachers engaged in a Train the Trainer session on Discovering Algebra.  A representative from Key Curriculum Press facilitated this professional development opportunity in order to provide these teachers with the resources needed to continue providing professional development staff through out the school year.

  • On July 30, two teachers engaged in a Train the Trainer session on Discovering Geometry.  A representative from Key Curriculum Press facilitated this professional development opportunity in order to provide these teachers with the resources needed to continue providing professional development through out the school year.

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August 2008

  • On August 4, thirty teachers enrolled in the Standards-based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies, co-taught by Rosann Hollinger and Laura Maly.  This one credit course examined research-based strategies to promote student engagement in mathematics. 

  • A newly designed UWM course, MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Discovering Algebra, was offered to thirty-one MPS high school teachers on August 11.  This one credit course was offered to help teachers implement this newly adopted math program this fall.  Mary Mooney and Cheryl Brenner, both MPS high school teachers, co-taught the course.

  • On August 11, another newly designed UWM Course, MPS Mathematics Curriculum: Discovering Geometry, was offered to thirty MPS high school teachers.  Co-taught by Mary Mooney and Cheryl Brenner, this one credit course will help geometry teachers as they implement the new program this fall.

  • Beginning August 18 through August 22, the MMP is helping to sponsor sessions at the New Teacher Orientation.  Time has been set aside on the afternoon of the 18th for a Mathematics and Science Focus. 

  • The MMP is also helping to sponsor sessions at the Principals' Institute held at Marshall High School from August 18 through August 20.  During the Institute, principals will engage in mathematics content sessions.

  • On August 28, the Math Teacher Leader Kick Off will occur to start the 2008-09 school year.

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