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Accomplishments Year 7

 

August 2009

  • The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership held the annual Math Teacher Leader Kickoff on August 25th at South Division High School.  The event kicked off with keynote speaker Diana Kasbaum, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Mathematics & School Improvement Consultant, who presented information about the revised State Model Academic Standards for Mathematics.  The remaining breakout sessions, presented by Math Teaching Specialists and Math Education Faculty from UWM, gave MTLs an opportunity to delve into the newly revised standards and engage in assessment sessions relevant to the 2009-2010 school year.   The day concluded with breakout sessions for each of the MTL cohort groups with their respective Math Teaching Specialists.

September 2009

  • September 4th marked the first MMP Leadership Meeting which was held at MPS Central Services.  Math Teaching Specialists and members of the leadership team met to plan and discuss the upcoming events for Year 7 of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.  The leadership team met again on September 14th and 28th.

  • September 9th, approximately 24 Math Department Chairs, teachers, and others were in attendance for the High School Math Department Chair Meeting.  Dan Lotesto, facilitator of the meetings, welcomed participants to the start of the new school year.  Topics on the agenda included: enrollment of members on the professional development system called ENROLL, the inclusion of MPS as a DIFI district and the implications that entails, class lists and textbooks, announcement of this years Algebra and Geometry labs, and Moodle which is a networking tool used to collaborate with fellow educators on the district website.

  • UWM offered the course Lenses on Learning (LOL): Thinking about Mathematics Instruction to approximately 23 K-8 Administrators and School Instructional Leaders.  This course started in September and continues throughout the school year. The course taught by Astrid Fossum, Math Teaching Specialist, and Sharonda Harris, Mathematics Supervisor, is designed to provide administrators and school instructional leaders an opportunity to experience a standards-based, inquiry-rich classroom embedded in powerful discourse.

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October 2009

  • On October 7th approximately 23 Math Department Chairs, teachers, and others were in attendance for the High School Math Department Chair Meeting at the Marshall High School Complex.  Dan Lotesto led the meeting covering: ENROLL, distributing textbooks, benchmark testing, future professional development opportunities through the MMP as well as UWM, alignment of MPS course codes with state and national codes, and Pre-Calculus Textbook adoption.

  • In October, Math Teachers Leaders met on one of the following dates: the 6th, 8th, or 14th for their monthly MTL meeting.  With the consolidation of the pilot groups this school year, MTLs chose one of three meeting dates each month to attend.  The Leadership session this month focused on “Building Relationships” which focused on enhancing the MTLs role of a leader in mathematics at his or her school.  The Assessment session focused on the PRIME Leadership Framework and sought to determine a starting point for leadership and assessment components at each participating school.  This month’s Grade K-7 content session focused on Fractions as Quotients while the Grades 7-10 session focused on Fractions: From Part-Whole to Quotients.  Lastly, MTLs were led through a discussion session that focused on the ThinkLink Benchmark Constructed Response Items and how teachers can utilize the information they receive from implementing these formative tools.

  • October 9th marked the first meeting of Algebra Lab participants while Geometry Lab participants met for the first time on October 20th.  Construction of these labs included the mathematical knowledge and collaboration of several MMP leaders with a focus on improving algebra and geometry lessons with special and general education teachers at 9th and 10th grades respectively. 

  • New to the MMP this year is the inclusion of an Advanced Algebra Workshop and Grade 7-8 Mathematics Labs Pilot.  The Advanced Algebra Workshop met for the first time on Saturday, October 10th and gave 9th and 11th grade general and special education teachers an opportunity to work with strong algebra lessons.  The Grade 7-8 Mathematics Labs Pilot is a series focusing on middle school content and allows general and special education teachers the opportunity to gain experience in lesson planning and assessment.  The Pilot met for the first time on October 22nd.

  • On October 12th and 26th members of the Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • On October 22nd, UWM offered the first class of the course entitled Teacher Leadership in Mathematics to approximately 50 teachers.  This course, taught by Astrid Fossum, Connie Laughlin, and Janis Freckmann, concentrated on supporting teachers in the development of leadership skills focused on effective teaching, learning, and assessment of mathematics. 

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November 2009

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December 2009

  • Math Teacher Leaders met on either December 8th, 10th or 14th this month.  Attendees received information regarding the mathematics conference at Green Lake, participated in leadership and content sessions as well as an Exploring Cognitive Demand session.  This month’s leadership session focused on Moral Purpose and Understanding Change, the content session covered multiplication and fractions using student work samples, and the Cognitive Demand session that helped MTLs understand and identify the features of the four levels of cognitive demand of mathematical tasks.

  • On December 12th, Advanced Algebra Workshop participants met to continue working on the development of 9th and 11th grade mathematics instruction.

  • On December 11th and 15th the Algebra and Geometry Labs met respectively.  Participants were involved in working with strong geometry and algebra lessons developed, designed, modeled, and evaluated by the MMP.

  • On December 14th members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

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January 2010

  • January 5th marked the first meeting of the Alliance for Teaching Mathematics to Special Education Learners a three-year project designed to improve mathematics performance of students with special needs and who struggle, and support a school culture of collaboration of general and special education teachers on improving mathematics learning for all students.  This initiative is co-facilitated by UWM faculty members DeAnn Huinker, Curriculum and Instruction, Judy Winn, Exceptional Education, and Kevin McLeod, Mathematical Sciences in addition to instructional leaders from Milwaukee Public Schools.  The Alliance met again on January 19th.

  • On January 6th, twenty-one math chairs, teachers and others met to continue discussions of the High School Math Department Chair Meetings.  Topics of discussion included benchmark assessments and the readiness test, MPS Math Courses and NCES codes, and professional development opportunities.

  • On January 11th and again on the 25th, members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • The 7-8 Mathematics Lab Pilot met on January 14th to continue discussions on the development of strong middle school content lessons. 

  • Math Teachers Leaders choose to attend one of three meetings held on the 19th, 20th, or 28th of January.  MTLs participated in leadership, assessment, and content sessions this month.  The leadership session titled “Creating and Sharing Knowledge” connected the characteristics of effective leadership with components of Fullan’s Framework and the MTL’s personal goals.  This month’s content session focused on the addition and subtraction of fractions while the assessment component continued conversation on the exploration of the cognitive demands of mathematical problems.

  • On January 24th through January 26th the National Science Foundation hosted the MSP Learning Network Conference in Washington DC.  Members of the MMP that presented at this conference include Cindy Walker and Kevin McLeod: The Impact of MMP School Involvement on Student Achievement and Carl Hanssen and DeAnn Huinker: Changes in School Learning Networks from 2006 to 2009.

  • January 25th marked the start of the professional development course titled Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics offered through UWM.  Twenty seven teachers enrolled in this course, taught by Penny Krafczyk and Ellen Evans.  The course examines best practices that support oral and written communication in the mathematics classroom.

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February 2010

  • February 1st marked the first meeting of twenty two teachers for a professional development course titled Number and Computation: Addition and Subtraction offered by UWM.  This course was designed to examine how students build their understanding of number and number relationships and focused on developing number sense, basic fact strategies, and computational fluency for addition and subtraction.  Sarah Burzynski, a Math Teacher Leader for Milwaukee Public Schools, taught this course for the MMP.  Participants met again on February 8th and again on the 22nd.

  • On February 2nd the MMP offered the course Number and Computation: Early Number Relationships to 25 participants.  This course, taught by Sharon Zagorski and Michelle Douglas-Meyer, focused on the development of early number concepts and how children in K4, K5, and grade 1 building number sense.  Participants in this course met again on February 16th.

  • February 2nd marked the beginning of another MMP course titled Standards-based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies that examined various research-based instructional strategies to promote student engagement in mathematics.  Thirteen participants took the course taught by Rosann Hollinger and Laura Maly.  Participants enrolled in this course met throughout the month of February on the 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

  • On February 5th and 9th the Algebra and Geometry Labs met respectively.  Participants were involved in working with strong geometry and algebra lessons developed, designed, modeled, and evaluated by the MMP.

  • On February 8th and again on the 22nd, members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • The High School Mathematics Chair meeting was held on February 10th.  Attendees continued their conversations regarding implementation of mathematics instruction in secondary schools.

  • Advanced Algebra Workshop participants met on February 13th to continue working on the development of 9th and 11th grade mathematics instruction.

  • In February Math Teachers Leaders choose to attend one of three meetings held on the 17th, 23rd, and 25th.  This month Math Teacher Leaders participated in a leadership session on the utility of creating productive disturbances and creating coherence , an assessment session on making connections through teaching and learning, and a two-part content session on reflecting and connecting.   At the end of the day, MTLs could choose one the following “hot topic” sessions: using constructive response items formatively, are you using portfolios, facilitating content, networking for non-released MTLs, managing your busy schedule, and continuing with cognitive demand.  

  • The 7-8 Mathematics Lab Pilot met on February 18th to continue discussions on the development of strong middle school content lessons. 

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March 2010

  • The Algebra and Geometry Labs met on March 5th and 9th respectively.  Participants were involved in working with strong geometry and algebra lessons developed, designed, modeled, and evaluated by the MMP.

  • On March 8th and again on the 22nd, members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • On March 10th approximately 18 Math Department Chairs, teachers, and others were in attendance for the High School Math Department Chair Meeting at the Marshall High School Complex.  Dan Lotesto led the meeting which covered the following topics: benchmark tests, MPS math courses and NCES codes, upcoming professional development opportunities, textbook concerns, and staffing needs.

  • Advanced Algebra Workshop participants met on March 13th to continue working on the development of 9th and 11th grade mathematics instruction.

  • In March Math Teachers Leaders choose to attend one of three meetings held on the 16th, 18th, or 24th.  This month Math Teacher Leaders participated in a leadership session that focused on connecting Fullan’s work with coaching skills, an assessment session on improving teaching and learning through questioning, and a session titled “Moving from Additive to Multiplicative Thinking: The Road to Proportional Reasoning”.   The MTL meeting concluded with cohort meetings.    

  • March 22nd marked the first in a five part course titled Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics II taught by Penny Krafczyk and Pandora Bedford.  The course, an extension of Part 1, covered the development of mathematical vocabulary, district learning targets, and expectations for mathematical communication on district and state mathematical assessments.  Sixteen participants met again on the 29th of March. 

  • On March 23rd, Astrid Fossum, LeeAnn Pruske, Mary Mooney, Laura Maly, Bernard Rahming, and Cynthia Rodriguez presented Applying Formative Assessment Principles at CESA 10 Core Math Program and Assessment Workshop in Chippewa Falls, WI.

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April 2010

  • On April 12th members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • On April 13th and 16th the Geometry and Algebra Labs met respectively.  Participants were involved in working with strong geometry and algebra lessons developed, designed, modeled, and evaluated by the MMP.  Jerry Murdock, principal author of the Discovery textbooks used by MPS, was in attendance at the Labs.

  • On Friday, April 16 Jerry Murdock, the principal author of “Discovering Algebra” and “Discovering Advanced Algebra”, texts recently adopted by MPS, spoke at the UW-Milwaukee Department of Mathematical Sciences.  During his talk, Murdock presented a brief tour of his history and approach to the algebra classroom learning environment.  

  • On April 14th, approximately 24 Math Department Chairs, teachers, and others were in attendance for the High School Math Department Chair Meeting facilitated by Dan Lotesto.  Topics on the agenda included Jerry Murdock’s attendance at the Algebra and Geometry Labs, additional upcoming professional development opportunities, and the MPS Math Common Course Project.

  • On Wednesday, April 28th the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UW-Milwaukee hosted the 21st Annual Marden Lecture on Mathematics.  This Marden Lecture featured Roger Howe of Yale University.   Dr. Howe gave a presentation entitled "Symmetry: More Than Pretty Pictures".   In it, he reviewed the phenomena, concepts and history of symmetry, and concluded with some observations about symmetry's role in scientific development.

  • In April, Math Teachers Leaders choose to attend one of three meetings held on the 15th, 27th or 29th.  This month’s leadership session focused on learning to lead effectively with the utilization of scenarios, the goal of the assessment session was to utilize the texts to develop effective summarization strategies, and the content session investigated using ratios as instructional tasks.

  • Advanced Algebra Workshop participants met on April 17th to continue working on the development of 9th and 11th grade mathematics instruction.

  • This year, the work of the MMP was shared through presentations at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences which took place from April 19-21st and April 21-24th respectively in San Diego, CA.  The following members of the MMP presented at NCSM:

    • Pandora Bedford and Bernard Rahming presented A Coaching Model in the Transformation of Math Teachers to Math Teacher Leaders
    • Pandora Bedford, Melissa Hedges, and Beth Schefelker presented Building Effective Relationships that Lead to Instructional Change in Mathematics Classrooms
    • Melissa Hedges, Beth Schefelker, and Joanie Marchillo presented Effective Conversations that Lead to Effective Instruction: Using a Portfolio Process to Structure Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
    • DeAnn Huinker and Henry Kranendonk presented Evolution of a Continuum of Mathematics Leadership: Charting the Course to Formative Assessment Practices in a Large Urban District
    • Hank Kepner presented Reasoning and Sense Making is Required for All Students in a Common Core
    • Laura Maly and Mary Mooney presented Changing the Course of High School Mathematics Class rooms: More than One Teacher at a Time
  • The following members of the MMP presented at NCTM:
    • Astrid Fossum and Mary Mooney from Milwaukee Public School presented From Skip Counting to Linearity: How Do We Get There?
    • Janis Freckmann and Connie Laughlin from Milwaukee Public School and Susan Chemilinski from Wauwatosa Public School presented Coaching Strategies That Address Students’ Learning
    • Melissa Hedges and Beth Schefelker from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Using Repeating Patterns to Think Functionally
    • Rosann Hollinger and Laura Maly from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Connections: Linking Research-Based Instructional Strategies with Standards-Based Mathematics
    • Patrick Hopfensperger from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presented Investigating the Steps of Statistical Problem Solving in the Elementary Grades
    • Henry Kepner from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presented Mathematics Standards and Assessments Require Reasoning, Sense Making, and Connections
    • Henry Kranendonk from Rufus King High School, Beth Chance from California Polytechnic State University, and J. Michael Shaughnessy from Portland State University presented Focus on High School: Reasoning and Sense Making in Statistics
    • Connie Laughlin and Beth Schefelker from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Digging into Operation Sense: Helping Students Reason with Quantitative Analysis
    • Lee Ann Pruske from Milwaukee Public School and Paige Richards from School District of South Milwaukee presented Don’t Box Me In! Statistical Analysis and Interpretation

     

  • On April 30th, members of the MMP presented at the annual Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership Milwaukee Public School Principals’ Breakfast.

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May 2010

  • The 42nd annual Green Lake Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc. took place May 6th and 7th in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  This year’s conference was titled Take Charge to Make Change.  The work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through the following presentations at this year’s Green Lake Conference:

    • Shunda Allen from the Audobon Technology Communication Center presented Improving Student Achievement in Math through Formative Assessment-Grades 6-8.
    • Pandora Bedford, Jeanne DeHaro from Milwaukee Public Schools, and Amy Schuldt from Siefert School presented Make-It-Take-It: Mathematics Activities.
    • Pandora Bedford from Milwaukee Public Schools and Astrid Wagner from Zablocki Elementary School presented Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students.
    • Melissa Hedges and Sarah Burzynski from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Mathematical Representations: Getting at the Heart of Understanding-Grades 3-6. 
    • Astrid Fossum and Mary Mooney from Milwaukee Public Schools presented From Skip Counting to Linearity: How Do We Get There?
    • DeAnn Huinker, Principal Investigator of the MMP and Judy Winn from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee along with Chris Guthrie from Elmbrook Schools and Mary Spidell from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Collaborative Practices of General & Special Education Teachers: Making a Difference in Students’ Mathematics Learning.
    • Danielle Hassforth and Laura Yale from Fairview Charter School presented D3=Data, Descriptive Feedback and Differentiated.
    • Rosann Hollinger and Laura Maly from Milwaukee Public Schools presented The Challenge: Linking Researched-Based Instructional Strategies With Standards-Based Mathematics
    • Patrick Hopfensperger and Henry Kranendonk from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presented Making Sense of Statistical Studies. 
    • Toya Jenkins-Glenn from Milwaukee Public Schools presented The Power of Patterns.
    • Henry Kepner, NCTM Immediate Past President from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presented Reasoning and Sense Making is Required for All Wisconsin Students in a Common Core.
    • Henry Kepner, NCTM Immediate Past President from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presented Common Core Standards: NCTM and National Perspectives.
    • Joe Kmoch from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Logo Turtle Programming with a Twist.
    • Joe Kmoch from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Is it Time for Statewide Computer Science /Information Technology Teacher Organization?
    • Henry Kranendonk from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presented Reasoning and Sense Making in Statistics and Probability –The Initial Stages.
    • Connie Laughlin, MPS Educational Consultant, and LeeAnn Pruske from Milwaukee Public Schools presented Are All Math Tasks Created Equally?
    • James McLure from Zablocki Elementary School presented Math Challengers: A School Wide System for Improving Results in Constructed Response Questions.
    • Wendy Novak and Laura Yale from Fairview Charter School presented Small Group Instruction: It’s All About the Numbers.

     

  • On May 10th, members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • Math Teachers Leaders choose to attend one of meetings held on the 18th, or 20th of this month.  This month’s leadership session titled “Learning to Lead Effectively” focused on internalizing Fullan’s components of leadership while practicing the coaching skill of paraphrasing.  The goal of the assessment session was to understand the similarities and differences between learning intentions and success criteria.  Lastly, in the content session MTL’s looked at student work, learned about student thinking, and identified next steps in the context of proportional reasoning.

  • The grades 7-8 Mathematics Lab Pilot met on May 13th to continue discussions on the development of strong middle school content lessons. 

  • On May 24th and 25th, the National Science Education Leadership Association hosted the Designing High Quality Professional Development for Teachers of Mathematics and Science conference in Washington, DC.  DeAnn Huinker and Kevin McLeod gave the following presentations at the conference:  Deepening Teacher Math Content Knowledge: MMP Key Components of High Quality Professional Development; Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership High School Labs; and The MMP Continuum of Professional Work for Mathematics. 

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June 2010

  • On June 7th, members of the MMP Leadership Team met to plan and discuss topics related to the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership.

  • On June 8th Math Teaching Specialists met with members of the MMP Leadership Team.  During this retreat participants reflected on the past 7 years of the MMP, discussed common core state standards, and planned for next year’s events. 

  • The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership provided a unique opportunity for principals and MTLs to collaborate during June.  Participants choose two dates between June 24th and 30th to reflection on the 2008-2009 mathematics initiatives at their schools, share successes and challenges with other school teams, and begin to develop a plan for the upcoming school year using the MMP Learning Team Continuum and District School Improvement Plan.  

  • June 28th marked the 2nd annual Principal and MTL Retreat.  The purpose of this event was to make connections between the work of the MMP and the role it plays in meeting district expectations in mathematics achievements, to understand the role of the MTL as a catalyst to promote instructional change in mathematics, and to understand the role of the instructional leader in order to initiate, implement and sustain change in mathematics instruction. 

  • Participants celebrated successes of the MMP, developed “next steps”, and had an opportunity to network during this event.

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July 2010

  • On July 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, Astrid Fossum and Michelle Douglas-Meyer co-facilitated a course titled School Leadership in Mathematics.  This course, designed for administrators and instructional leaders, gives practitioners an opportunity to study mathematical content knowledge and engage in discussions about the teaching of mathematics content in elementary and middle schools.

  • On July 6th, MMP offered a course titled Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation taught by Paige Richards and James Edler.  This course looked at the development of rational number ideas and taught participants to use representations such as number lines and area models to enhance their instruction of fractions.  The twenty five participants enrolled in this course met through the remainder of the week of July 6th and again during the week of July 12th.

  • During the week of July 12th, Henry Kepner and Mary Mooney co-facilitated a MMP course titled Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning.  This course led twenty one participants toward a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts in algebra.

  • Melissa Hedges and Leah Donohue co-facilitated a course titled Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division during the weeks of July 12th and July 19th.  Twenty Participants in this course examined how students build their understanding of number and number relationships. 

  • During the week of July 19th, the MMP offered a course titled Making Sense of Statistical Studies taught by Pat Hopfensperger, Connie Laughlin, and Henry Kranendonk.  This course involved data and statistical investigations that provided sixteen teachers will valuable experience in designing and analyzing statistical studies.

 

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