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Year Seven Highlights: 2009-2010

MMP staff at MTL Kickoff

Math Teacher Leader Kickoff

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 Pubic 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.

Fall MMP Courses

Beginning in October 2009, MMP offered the first of three professional development courses.   The first, titled Teacher Leadership for Mathematics, was for MPS teachers to further their knowledge and improve teaching practices in mathematics. Approximately 50 MPS teachers deepened content knowledge of state standards in mathematics, developed familiarity and comfort using research-based instruction strategies, and reflected on strategies and their relationship to teaching mathematics to meet individual student needs.   In November 2009, teachers of mathematics and math teacher leaders were offered an opportunity to reflect upon and share the nature of their professional practice in a course titled Teacher Narratives as Reflective Practice in Mathematics.  Also offered to MPS administrators was a year-long three-credit course that is part of the Lenses on Learning (LOL)-Thinking about Mathematics Project.

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Fall MTL Meetings

From August to December 2009, Math Teacher Leaders attended four leadership training seminars each of which included Content, Leadership, and Assessment Sessions.  With the consolidation of the pilot groups this school year, MTLs chose one of three meeting dates each month to attend.  UWM Content sessions facilitated by Dr. Kevin McLeod included the following topics:  Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoningand Multiplication of FractionsLeadership sessions focused on leadership of self utilizing The PRIME Leadership Framework published by NCSM.  Assessment sessions focused on understanding the importance of assessment strategies and linking them to classroom practice.  Additional key activities included sessions on exploring cognitive demand, cohort-specific concerns, reviewing constructed response work, completing the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching (MKT) Survey, and reviewing MMP's Year 6 External Evaluation.

 

Algebra & Geometry Labs

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.  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. Sessions included content knowledge based on the new textbooks, assessment for teachers to take back to their students, and a review of student work.

 

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Math Alliance Project

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 struggling learners and students with special needs.  The project is designed to support a school culture of collaboration of both general and special education teachers while improving mathematics instruction for all students.  This initiative is co-facilitated by UWM faculty members DeAnn Huinker from Curriculum and Instruction, Judy Winn from Exceptional Education, and Kevin McLeod from Mathematical Sciences.  In addition there are instructional leaders from both Milwaukee Public Schools and Elmbrook School District that help facilitate projected sessions as well.  Approximately 32 general and special education teachers from the Milwaukee area are enrolled in this on-going project.

 

Spring MMP Courses

Beginning in January 2010, the MMP offered professional development courses for MPS teachers to deepen their mathematics content knowledge and to enhance their mathematics instruction.  About 103 MPS teachers and administrators successfully gained insight on practices which support students' mathematical learning aligned to comprehensive literacy and mathematical frameworks over the course of the spring semester.  Course topics included Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics: Part 1, Number and Computation: Addition and Subtraction, Number and Computation: Early Number Relationships, Standards-Based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies, and Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics: Part 2. 

 

 

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Spring MTL Meetings

Math Teacher Leaders chose one of three MTL meetings held once per month January through May for professional development activities.  As in the Fall, Spring MTL meetings included Content sessions coordinated by UWM, Assessment sessions and Leadership sessions led by a team of MMP teaching specialists.  Dr. Kevin McLeod, along with the team of math teaching specialists, led content sessions on the following topics: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions, Reflecting and Connecting, Moving from Additive to Multiplicative Thinking, Investigating Ratios as Instructional Tasks, and Proportional Reasoning: Looking At Student Work, Learning About Student Thinking, Identifying Next Steps.  Leadership sessions continued to focus on The Prime Leadership Framework integrating sessions on change from the Concern-Based Adoption Model (CBAM).  Topics included: Creating and Sharing Knowledge, Making Coherence, Connecting Fullan’s work with Coaching Skills, Learning to Lead Effectively, and Leadership Coaching.  The Assessment sessions focused on exploring cognitive demand, making connections through teaching and learning, improving teaching and learning, and the connection between learning intentions and success criteria.

 

NCSM/NCTM Joint Conference

This year, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences took place from April 19-21st and April 21-24th respectively in San Diego, CA.  NCSM is an international organization of leaders collaborating to achieve excellence and equity in mathematics education at all levels.  From its origins as an organization of urban mathematics supervisors, NCSM has expanded to become an organization for mathematics education leaders in all positions at all levels (http://ncsmonline.org/).  Sixteen MMP affiliates presented over the course of the two-day conference.  NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students (http://www.nctm.org/). Nine presentations were given on behalf of the MMP at the conference.

To view the complete list of presenters and presentations for both conferences, click here.

 

MMP Staff at NCTM Conference

MMP Staff at Green Lake Conference

 

Green Lake (WMC) Conference

The 42nd annual Green Lake Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, 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 numerous presentations at this year’s Green Lake Conference. Click here to view the comprehensive list.

 

Meeting with Dr. Andrekopoulos June 15, 2010

In recognition of his devotion to improving student achievement in mathematics, and in sincere appreciation for supporting the work of the MMP the past seven years,
Dr. Kevin McLeod (UWM) and the Math Teaching Specialists presented Superintendent William Andrekopoulos with an engraved clock and wished him good luck on his
retirement from Milwaukee Public Schools.

Superintendent Andrekopoulos retirement

 

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Second Annual Principal Retreat

The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership provided a unique opportunity for principals and MTLs to collaborate on June 28th during 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 achievement, 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.

 

Summer MMP Courses

During the summer of 2010 the MMP offered 5 courses designed for teachers in MPS to deepen their mathematics content knowledge, enhance their mathematics instruction, and advance their leadership skills during the summer months.  Approximately 90 teachers took a break from their summer vacation and were enrolled in one of the following courses: Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division, School Leadership in Mathematics, Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation, Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning, Making Sense of Statistical Studies

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Year Six Highlights: 2008-09
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Math Teacher Leader Kickoff

The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership held the annual Math Teacher Leader Kickoff on August 26th at South Division High School.  Approximately 150 MTLs were in attendance.  The event kicked off with presentations by William Andrekopoulos, MPS Superintendent of Schools who discussed MPS’s continual goal toward improving the quality of its classroom instruction and Chris Thiel, MPS Office of Governmental Relations who discussed the development of the Governor’s funding initiative for mathematics in MPS.  The remaining breakout sessions, presented by Math Teaching Specialists, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Education Faculty from UWM, focused on relevant topics of the 2008-2009 school year: Math Content: The Same, Yet Smaller; The Learning Team Continuum: A Guide to Focus Discussions and Provide Direction in Mathematics; and MMP Leadership Development: The PRIME Framework.

 

Fall MMP Courses

Beginning in October 2008, MMP offered one unique professional development course through UWM entitled “Standards-based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies” for MPS teachers to further their knowledge and improve teaching practices in mathematics. Approximately 30 MPS teachers deepened content knowledge of state standards in mathematics, developed familiarity and comfort using research-based instruction strategies, and reflected on strategies and their relationship to teaching mathematics to meet individual student needs. 

Also taking place were two year-long three-credit courses that are part of the Lenses on Learning (LOL)-Thinking about Mathematics Project and Geometric Knowledge for Teachers (GKT) Project. 

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Fall 2008 MTL Seminars

From August to December 2008, Math Teacher Leaders attended four leadership training seminars each of which included Content, Leadership, and Assessment Sessions.  UWM Content sessions facilitated by Dr. Kevin McLeod focused on Algebraic Reasoning and included the following topics: “Fostering Discussions About Algebra and Algebraic Reasoning”, “Growing Algebra Eyes and Ears” and “On The Right Track To Developing Algebraic Thinking!”. Leadership sessions led by Connie Laughlin and Janis Freckmann focused on leadership of self utilizing The PRIME Leadership Framework published by NCSM.  Assessment sessions focused on understanding the importance of Richard Stiggins assessment strategies and link them to classroom practice.  Additional key activities included sessions on eDevelopment, cohort-specific concerns, completing the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching (MKT) Survey, and reviewing MMP's Year 5 External Evaluation Report.

Algebra and Geometry Labs

October 10th marked the first meeting of Algebra Lab participants while Geometry Lab participants met for the first time on October 24th.  Construction of these labs included the mathematical knowledge and collaboration of several MMP leaders.  Kevin McLeod of UWM collaborated with Gary Luck (UWM) who ran the Geometry labs and Bill Mandella (UWM) and Marta Magiera (Marquette) who led the Algebra labs.  Sessions included content knowledge based on the new textbooks, assessment for teachers to take back to their students, and a review of student work.

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Foundation Level Math Assessment Pilot: Grades 8-9

Throughout the course of the 2008-09 school year, 8th and 9th grade Math Teacher Leaders met approximately once a month with MMP Leaders.  Meetings were generally divided into three sessions: Assessment, Mathematics content, Leadership and Forum.  Leadership sessions focused on the use of formative assessment principles, linking Stiggins’ principles to classroom practice and integrating the NCSM publication The PRIME Leadership Framework to increase effective leadership skills.  Yearly objectives of the Assessment sessions included using various tools of the formative assessment system with a variety of district assessments. Content focused on recognizing the structure of operations within real-world context and context of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; developing general understandings of operations and recognizing that the same structure exits for other number systems; key relationships between measurement, geometry, and algebra; the meaning of exponential growth/decay and the components of an exponential equation; and comparing and contrasting linear and exponential relationships such as rate of change, starting value, contexts & multiplicative vs. additive recursion.  During the forum sessions MTLs choose one of several topics, which often included but were not limited to: textbook adoption, CABS summary reports, effective feedback, portfolios, content and Lie Cal.

 

2009 New Wisconsin Promise Conference

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 13th and 14th marked the 5th Annual New Wisconsin Promise Conference focused on closing the achievement gap.  The following are the titles of conference presentations by MMP leaders and participants:  What we’ve Learned about Assessment, Part I: Classroom Assessments Based on Standards (CABS) by Beth Schefelker, Mary Mooney, and Lee Ann Pruske; What we’ve Learned about Assessment, Part 2: Analyzing and Learning from Student Work – A Protocol by Rosann Hollinger, Laura Maly, and Pandora Bedford; What We’ve Learned about Assessment, Part 3: Descriptive Feedback: Moving to the Next Level by Cynthia Cuellar & Bernard Rahming; What We’ve Learned about Assessment, Part 4: A Guide to Formative Assessment by Astrid Fossum & Sharonda Harris; and What Does Effective Descriptive Feedback Look Like in the Mathematics Classroom? by Susan Wolter, Joanie Marchillo, and MaryBeth LaHaye.

 

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Spring MMP Courses

Beginning in January 2009, MMP offered through UWM four professional development courses for MPS teachers to deepen their mathematics content knowledge and to enhance their mathematics instruction.  About 145 MPS teachers and administrators successfully gained insight on practices which support students' mathematical learning aligned to comprehensive literacy and mathematical frameworks over the course of the spring semester.  Course topics included Number and Computation: Addition and Subtraction, Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division, Standards-Based Mathematics: Exploring Early Number Relationships, and Number and Computation: Special Education Focus.

 

Spring MTL Meetings

Math Teacher Leaders choose one of two MTL meetings held once per month January through May for professional development activities.  As in the Fall, Spring MTL meetings included Content sessions coordinated by UWM, Assessment sessions and Leadership sessions led by a team of MMP teaching specialists.  Dr. Kevin McLeod, along with a team of math teaching specialists, led five sessions entitled “Paving the Way to Algebraic Reasoning”, “Using Geometric Patterns To Determine What Comes Next….”, “Using Repeating Patterns to Think Functionally”, “Let the Numbers Do the Work” and “Reflecting and Connecting”.  Leadership sessions continued to focus on The Prime Leadership Framework integrating sessions on change from the Concern-Based Adoption Model (CBAM).  The Assessment sessions highlighted important assessment principles and questioning strategies.   During the April meeting Carl Hanssen presented the MMP Program Evaluation Update and the next steps in the process. 

 

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AMTE Annual Conference

MMP and MPS had great participation at the Thirteenth Annual American Math Teacher Educators Conference February 5-7th in Orlando, Florida. University faculty, MPS teachers, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Teaching Specialists shared the work of MMP.  DeAnn Huinker, Connie Laughlin, and Janis Frackmann presented A Journey in Developing Statistical Reasoning in Elementary and Middle-school Teacher Leaders.  Henry Kepner presented The Challenges for Mathematics Education – Collaborations with and Recommendations for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Leigh van den Kieboom and Marta T. Magiera both from Marquette University presented Rethinking Worthwile Tasks: Using Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching to Inform Problem Selection for Preservice Teachers and their Field Students.  Meg Moss from Pellissippi State University, Kevin McLeod and DeAnn Huinker from UWM, Diana White from University from Colorado Denver, and Raven McCrory from Michigan State University collaborated on a presentation titled How Research has Informed the Design of Content Courses for K-8 Teachers

 

NCTM/NCSM Annual Conference

This year, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences took place from April 20-22 and April 23-25 respectively in Washington, DC.  The NCSM is an international organization of leaders collaborating to achieve excellence and equity in mathematics education at all levels.  From its origins as an organization of urban mathematics supervisors, NCSM has expanded to become an organization for mathematics education leaders in all positions at all levels (http://ncsmonline.org/).  Sixteen MMP affiliates presented over the course of the two-day conference.  The NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students (http://www.nctm.org/). Nine presentations were given on behalf of the MMP at the conference.

To view the complete list of presenters and presentations for both conferences, click here.

 

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WMC Annual Green Lake Conference

The 41st annual Green Lake Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc. took place May 6-8 in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  This year’s conference was titled PI in the Sky: Dream Big, Do Math!

To view the complete list of presenters and presentations for both conferences, click here.

High School Support and Leadership

DIFI Supervisors, High School Math Assistant Principals, First Things First Facilitators, School Improvement Facilitators, High School Curriculum Generalists, and Released High School MTLs collaborated during 11 Discovering Mathematics Support Sessions held during the Spring of 2009.  Each meeting focused on a unique aspect of using the Discovering Mathematics text.  Sessions topics included: utilizing the text in self-contained classrooms, integrating SMART board technology, using graphing calculators, focusing on leadership skills, reflecting on the text, modeling instructional strategies for Algebra and Geometry, and other content-specific themes.

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Summer MMP Courses

During the summer of 2009 the MMP offered through UWM 9 courses designed for teachers in MPS to deepen their mathematics content knowledge, enhance their mathematics instruction, and advance their leadership skills during the summer months.  Approximately 200 teachers took a break from their summer vacation and were enrolled in one of the following courses: Standards-Based Mathematics: Exploring Early Number Relationships, Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division, Number and Computation: Addition and Subtraction 1 & 2, Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data, Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation, Making Sense of Statistical Studies, and Standards-Based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies


Year Five Highlights: 2007-08

 

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Math Teacher Leader Kickoff

The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership held the annual Math Teacher Leader Kickoff on August 27th and 28th at Bradley Technology and Trade High School. Approximately 175 MTLs were in attendance; double that of last year’s attendance.  The two-day event kicked off with a presentation by associate professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Carol Malloy.  Dr. Malloy’s presentation entitled “Engaging Students and Teaching Mathematics for Understanding” highlighted instructional strategies that have been successful in developing student’ conceptual understanding of mathematics.  The remaining sessions, presented by Math Teaching Specialists, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Education Faculty from UWM, focused on relevant topics of the 2007-2008 year: CABS, formative assessment, curriculum guides, as well as beginning this year’s content focus, Statistics and Probability.

 

Fall 2007 MTL Meetings

From August to December 2007, Math Teacher Leaders met for their monthly leadership training seminars. The focus of the fall sessions included curriculum guides, constructed response training, and formative assessment. MTLs deepened their content knowledge of statistics and probability as related to the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam.Key activities included building academic vocabulary through the Marzano Method, completing the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching (MKT) Survey, and reviewing MMP’s Year 4 External Evaluation. Participants also discussed ways to sustain the work of MMP beyond the NSF grant.

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AMTE Conference

MMP and MPS had great participation at the Twelfth Annual American Math Teacher Educators 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”.

Algebra Labs

Over the course of the school year, groups of approximately 21 teachers met four times as part of the Algebra Lab High School Math Lab Initiative.  Professor Kevin McLeod and Teachers-in-Residence Mary Mooney and Karen Corlyn presented a series on mathematics-based curriculum.  Lessons included the following topics: the “The Magic Triangle” (a series of lesson plans teachers could use in their classrooms); using scatterplots to form conjectures; using data in scatterplots to make predictions both graphically and algebraically; and examining ratios.  Teachers worked on making conjectures regarding changes occurring over time and examined the role of technology in these types of mathematical problems.  Teachers were also engaged in the analysis of student work in relationship to classroom instruction.

 

 

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Foundations Level Assessment Pilot Grades 8-9

Throughout the course of the 2007-08 school year, 8th and 9th grade Math Teacher Leaders met approximately once a month to focus on “non-negotiable” foundations level learning targets and state descriptors.  At the end of the 2006-07 school year, the Grades 8-9 Pilot group disseminated eighth grade district model CABS for each of the school standards. In order to encourage acceptance and use of the CABS by 8th grade teachers, the alignment of the CABS was identified for each instructional unit in the district pacing guide. Each meeting held the expectation of Grades 8-9 leaders working together to analyze student work from district CABS or benchmark assessments, to write descriptive feedback, and to plan instructional practice based on evidence of learning. 

This group of teacher leaders also met with UWM professor Kevin McLeod, MPS affiliate Henry Kranendonk, and other MMP leaders over the course of the year for professional development content courses which focused on the following: the “Remove One” game of probability, “What does it mean that ‘5 has a lot’”?, “Raisins are People too.” - a lecture on balance and probability, “Making Sense of Statistical Studies”, and making the connections between Algebra and Geometry.

Of the 71 schools with 8th grade students, 70 identified an 8th grade MTL to represent their school at the Grade 8-9 Pilot.  Similarly out of the 36 high schools in MPS, 33 identified a 9th grade MTL for this pilot.  Throughout the course of the year, over half of all MTLs representing each of these schools attended 4 out of the 6 Grade 8-9 summits. 

K-7 Assessment Pilot Committee

The Assessment Pilot committee continued to support formative assessment practices using the district model classroom assessments based on standards (CABS). This group of 86 leaders from 42 schools met monthly with math teaching specialists (MTS), teachers-in-residence (TIR), and UWM mathematician Kevin McLeod. The meetings began with a math teaching specialist discussing how to build academic vocabulary using the Marzano method. After K-7 teachers participated in a statistics and probability content session they divided into subcommittees by grade level: Grades K5-1 & 2-7.

K5-1 Assessment Pilot:  This committee studied each content strand, noted the big ideas, and examined the developmental levels as the ideas grew between kindergarten and first grade.  During each meeting, teachers at both grade levels came together to analyze student work samples from their schools for pilot CABS and shared feedback regarding clarity of task directions, difficulty of the task for students, and instructional information gained from the task.  This committee demonstrated their dedication to the development of CABS by holding 90 percent attendance each month.

2-7 Assessment Pilot:  The focal point of the Grade 2-7 Assessment Pilot Committee was on creating resource materials for school-based professional development sessions focused on examining student work, writing descriptive feedback, and using student data to inform instructional practice.  Grade level leaders designed five CABS, one from each strand, which they used to formulate a grade level resource guide to formative assessment. 

 

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Spring MMP Courses

Beginning in January 2008, MMP offered 5 professional development courses for MPS teachers to deepen their mathematics content knowledge and to enhance their mathematics instruction.  140 MPS teachers and administrators successfully gained insight on practices which support students' mathematical learning aligned to comprehensive literacy and mathematical frameworks over the course of the spring semester.  Course topics included: Teaching Geometry and Spatial Reasoning, Communication and Reasoning I and II, Number and Computation: Special Education Focus, and Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation.

 

Spring MTL Meetings

During the spring semester, Math Teacher Leaders met for monthly leadership meetings with attendance consistently above 100 active MTLs.  Meeting topics included: using box and whisker plots, overcoming teaching and pacing challenges, building academic vocabulary using the Marzano method, and constructing rubrics.  Content sessions focused on using the GAISE report as a reference for framework and curriculum development, making inferences, and using predictions.  The MTLs focused on analyzing their Benchmark Assessment data based on learning targets.  At the end of the school year, MTLs took the MKT post survey and concluded with reflections on the year as well as next steps for the upcoming year.

 

 

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NCTM/NCSM Annual Conference

From April 7th to 9th, the work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through many presentations at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) 40th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The NCSM is an international organization of leaders collaborating to achieve excellence and equity in mathematics education at all levels.  From its origins as an organization of urban mathematics supervisors, NCSM has expanded to become an organization for mathematics education leaders in all positions at all levels (http://ncsmonline.org/).  Sixteen MMP affiliates presented over the course of the two-day conference.

From April 9th to 12th, the work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through presentations at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Meeting and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students (http://www.nctm.org/). Nine presentations were given on behalf of the MMP at the conference.

To view the complete list of presenters and presentations for both conferences, click here.

Henry Kepner Elected NCTM President

Dr. Henry Kepner, professor of mathematics at UWM, was voted president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in March of 2007.  In April of this year he began his two-year term as president of NCTM the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education, serving more than 100,000 members and more than 240 affiliates. Dr. Kepner is known nationally for his expertise in mathematics education, and has recently been involved in presentations on the NCTM's new curriculum focal points.  These focal points serve as a framework for state education agencies, textbook publishers, and school professionals as they continue to revise standards, curricula, and assessment programs. 

 

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WMC Green Lake Annual Conference

The 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 on May 1st and 2nd. Many of the presentations were given by MMP affiliates.  Click here to view the full listing.

 

DeAnn Huinker - WMC Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award

At the Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) Leadership Conference in May, DeAnn Huinker received the prestigious Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award.  She was honored with a presentation at the annual banquet. Among many others, sixty-eight MMP teachers and affiliates attended this social.

 

 

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Summer MMP Courses

During the summer the MMP offered 8 courses through UWM designed for teachers and administrators in MPS to deepen their mathematics content knowledge, enhance their mathematics instruction, and advance their leadership skills during the summer months.  Approximately forty teachers and administrators took a break from their summer for two newly offered leadership courses.  School Leadership in Mathematics: Optimizing the Role of Math Teacher Leaders in the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership and Facilitating Practice-based Professional Development in Mathematics were offered for the first time by instructors Janis Freckmann, Astrid Fossum and Elnore McKinley through the MMP.  Another 165 teachers and school leaders attended the following professional development courses this summer: Number and Computation: Addition and Subtraction; Number and Computation: Multiplication and Division; Standards-based Mathematics: Instructional Strategies; Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data; Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation; and Developing Mathematical Ideas: Measurement Concepts.

High School Textbook Adoption

During the month of August, the MMP offered two textbook implementation courses through UWM.  These courses were designed to support implementation of the newly adopted high school mathematical algebra and geometry texts.  The texts chosen through the adoption process were Discovering Algebra and Discovering Geometry.  The course also created an opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of the mathematics programs, thus leading to effective math instruction.  Sixty MPS 9th & 10th grade teachers met for one week for the Discovering Algebra and Developing Geometry courses taught by Mary Mooney, Cheryl Brenner, and a representative from the textbook company.

 

 

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Year Four Highlights: 2006-07

 

Math Teacher Leader Kickoff

The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership got the Math Teacher Leaders ready to go back to school with a Conference on August 28 and 29 at Bradley Technology and Trade High School. Approximately 80 MTLs were in attendance. The sessions, which were presented by Math Teaching Specialists, Teachers-in-Residence, and Math Education Faculty from UWM, focused on relevant topics of the 2006-2007 year: CABS, formative assessment, pacing charts, and plans for the new textbook adoption, as well as beginning this year’s content focus, Measurement and Geometry.

 

Principal’s Breakfast

On October 19, Approximately 33 principals and 12 MMP associates from 32 Milwaukee Public Schools attended a Principals’ Breakfast. After opening remarks from Henry Kranendonk, MPS Math Curriculum Specialist, attendees received the new math CABS CDs with information on algebraic relationships, geometry, measurement, number operations and relationships, statistics and probability, math targets 2.0, and CABS resources. Pandora Bedford and Janis Freckman reviewed each section of the CDs, answering questions as needed. Principals were encouraged to promote the regular utilization of the CDs by other staff in their respective schools.

 

Fall Math Colloquium

On October 20, approximately thirty-four people attended the Math Colloquium co-hosted by the IHE Math Network and Marquette University. Dr. Hank Kepner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics president-elect) was the featured speaker. The session focused on NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics and its relevance in American school mathematics, while also examining the recommendations of the document and its intended purpose.  He also compared the context of school mathematics in the US with those of other countries.

 

 

Textbook Adoption Workshops

Throughout the fall, the MMP played a very important role in helping MPS schools through the process of selecting a new mathematics textbook program as a part of the district-wide adoption.   In order to give schools the opportunity to become familiar with the three elementary and three middle school programs, workshops were conducted.  Approximately 641 MPS teachers representing 116 schools attended the Level 1 Workshops, where representatives from each publishing company presented an hour overview of their textbook program.  The Level 2 Workshops were facilitated by a cadre of MPS teachers who were trained in August.  These workshops were attended by nearly 800 teachers from over 100 schools.  In these Level 2 Workshops teachers examined how multiplication was developed in the elementary programs and geometry in the middle school programs.  This opportunity allowed for a more in-depth study of the programs in order to help schools begin the selection process.

Fall MTL Meetings

Beginning in the fall, MTLs came together for their monthly leadership training seminars.  The focus of the fall sessions included the selection process for the new mathematics textbook adoption and the development of teacher content knowledge of measurement.  Key activities included discussions of the district plan of Level 1, 2, and 3 Workshops and engaging MTLs in a training session to help them guide their staff when choosing a math textbook.  MTLs also deepened their content knowledge through examination of  measurement benchmarks, standard and non-standard measurement, and error in measurement.

 

Fall Courses

Beginning October 2006, the MMP offered 4 professional development courses for nearly 120 MPS teachers and administrators to further their content knowledge and improve teaching practices in mathematics. The courses included:  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.  All of the courses were very well received and the Number and Computation Development: Special Ed. Focus course was so popular that two sections are planned for the spring semester.

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

Assessment Pilots

During the 2006-07 school year, the 2-7 Assessment Pilot expanded to includes grades K-1.  This group of 86 leaders from 42 schools met monthly with Math Teaching Specialists, Teachers-in-Residence, and Kevin McLeod, a mathematician from UWM.  The meetings began with the K-7 teachers engaging in a measurement and geometry content session.  The K-7 group then divided into subcommittees: Grades K-1 and 2-7.   Guided by an MTS, district Math Teacher Leader, TIR, kindergarten teacher, and kindergarten consultant, the focus of the K-1 group was to generate district model CABS.  These K-1 teachers also engaged in an early number development content session in order to establish common ground to discuss assessments and student work.  The goal of the Grades 2-7 committee was to field test the existing CABS and build a CABS portfolio.  Dissemination of both the portfolio and the Number and Operations CABS for Grades K & 1 is planned for Fall 2007.

This year the major task of the Grades 8-9 Pilot was to produce 8th grade district model CABS for each of the state standards.  The group met twice a month and  several half-day Saturday sessions with Dr. Kevin McLeod from UWM.  In order to encourage acceptance and use of the CABS by 8th grade teachers, the alignment of the CABS was identified for each instructional unit in the district pacing guide.  The group plans to disseminate the CABS at the end of the 2006-07 school year. 

 

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Annual Conference

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”; and 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”. This last session especially had high attendance and was well received by those present, thereby bringing to national attention some of what the MMP has accomplished.

Textbook Implementation & TIL Formation Meetings

From January through March, schools participated in Level 3 workshops to help make a decision regarding the math program they would adopt and implement for the next 10 years.  At the January MTL meeting, MTLs received tools to help them lead their staff in a formal, unbiased discussion when examining the different programs.  Once schools finalized their decisions, more in-depth training began.  The Textbook Implementation Leader (TIL) emerged as a leader to help oversee school based training sessions and grade level study groups.  Schools also received a Textbook Implementation Grant (TIP) to help teachers study their newly selected mathematics program.  The TIP Grant had 3 main components: the textbook study program, grade level study sessions, and staff presentations.  The feedback from the TIP Grant study was very positive and both principals and MTLs reported that teachers have embraced this opportunity to study their mathematics programs.

 

Spring MMP Courses

MMP courses continued to be well attended in the spring of 2007, with nearly 225 MPS teachers and administrators enrolled in 8 different professional development courses.  Two sections of Number and Computation Development: Special Education Focus were offered to teams of regular education and special education teachers, Standards-based Mathematics in the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Classroom offered a Part 2 as a follow up for participants who had previously enrolled in Part 1, and a second cohort of MPS administrators participated in Lenses on Learning. New this semester, the UWM Math Department offered Math 175 Math Explorations for Elementary Teachers: Part 1, which focused on the theory of arithmetic of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and was an introduction to algebra, estimation, and problem-solving strategies

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

Annual Meeting of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics/National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

MMP was well represented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting from March 19-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. University faculty, Teachers-in- Residence, Math Specialists, and MPS teachers collaborated to disseminate the work of the MMP. Presentation topics included descriptive feedback, the National Math Panel, mathematical representation, grants for classroom teachers, algebraic thinking, SAT mathematics preparation, standards-based assessments, distributive property, activities for learning statistics, algebra for children, and instructional strategies that support mathematical problem-solving.

To view a list of presenters and presentations sponsored by the MMP, click here

 

Spring MTL meetings

Spring MTL meetings brought a focus on descriptive feedback, assessment practices, and district model CABS.   In March, MTLs and Textbook Implementation Leaders engaged in discussions on the critical elements needed to ensure a successful implementation of a standards-based mathematics program while recognizing the challenges ahead as schools  work through the change process.  The content sessions for the MTL training sessions shifted to Geometry.   Specific topics included a thorough examination of triangles and quadrilaterals, as well as a study of area and the Pythagorean Theorem. 

 

Wisconsin Mathematics Council Annual Conference

In lieu of their regular monthly meeting, 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. For the first time, WMCC also 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 more than 25 presentations, including  “Thinking Through Problem Solving” by Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris; “Managing Math Manipulatives-Virtually” by Karen Corlyn and Nancy Jo Grochowski; “Learning from the Nation’s Report Card: Making the Connections” by Rosann Hollinger and Dacia Hopfensperger, and“Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching-Updates on our Work in the Milwaukee Partnership” by Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Gary Luck, William Mandella, David Ruskiewicz, Karen Corlyn, Lee Ann Pruske, and Paige Richards.

To view all of the MMP-sponsored presenters and presentations given, click here.

 

Summer Math Summit

On June 2nd, over 100 high school teachers attended the High School Math Summit.  The goal of this meeting was to bring together teachers and administrators as the MMP presented a game plan to aggressively tackle student achievement problems in high school.  Participants selected 4 sessions to attend.  Some topics included:  special education and math, assessment feedback, instructional strategies, Think Link Benchmarks, short courses, ALEKS, and several others.  At the end of the meeting, Henry Kranendonk unveiled the Marshall Plan.  This plan involves 8th and 9th grade MTLs examining student work and providing descriptive feedback to students.  The goal of this project is to help raise 10th grade WKCE scores in the following year.

MMP Summer Courses

In order to prepare for the upcoming implementation of the MPS math textbook adoption, the MMP offered 6 different textbook implementation courses in which 200 elementary and middle school teachers were enrolled.  The focus of these courses was to help teachers learn how mathematical ideas are developed in the textbook program, build an understanding of the components of the textbook program, and examine the alignment of the program to the MPS Learning Targets, State Assessment Descriptors, and district level CABS.  The feedback received from the courses was very positive and teachers reported feeling more ready for the fall implementation.  The MMP also offered 4 content focused courses for elementary and middle school teachers:  Algebraic Relationships & Reasoning: Parts 1 & 2, Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working with Data, and Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation.  Two courses were offered for secondary mathematics teachers:  Graphing Calculators in the Secondary Curriculum and Mathematical Explorations for Secondary Teachers.  Approximately 100 teachers attended these courses; bringing the total number of participants enrolled in summer courses to well over 300.

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

 

 

Year Three Highlights: 2005-06

 

Mathematics Fellows

The Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers entered its final semesters with three courses offered in each of the spring and summer sessions of 2006. At the completion of the project, forty-one Math Fellows representing 35 different schools were honored at a banquet. The Math Fellows along with their principals, instructors and guests celebrated their successful participation in the Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers. Dr. Aquine Jackson and Kathy Williams presented the Math Fellows with plaques signed by Superintendent William Andrekopolus, Henry Kranendonk, Mathematics Curriculum Specialist and Dr. Kevin McLeod from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Ten of the Math Fellows honored have completed the Advanced Program and will receive a transcript designation indicating completion of course work towards a math minor. Seventeen of the teachers completed the twelve credits for the Certificate Program. These teachers will be recognized for their accomplishments at a School Board Meeting. In addition, fourteen teachers were honored with certificates of participation for completing six to nine credits. The impact of this successful program will be felt throughout the district, as these highly qualified teachers continue to share their experiences and knowledge with their colleagues and students.

 

Textbook Adoption

In June, 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. Grades K-5 will choose between Everyday Math, Houghton Mifflin Expressions, and Scott Foresman Addison Wesley; Grades 6-8 will choose from Connected Math Program 2, Glencoe Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, and Holt Mathematics, Course 1,2, and 3.

 

Learning Targets Revision

During the spring and summer, approximately 35 teachers participated in a district-mandated revision of the K-8 Learning Targets. These revisions helped lead to a pacing guide used in the schools. In order to accomplish this task, teachers met in teams by grade levels to review the existing learning targets, then aligned the new targets to the state descriptors. They also met with mathematicians from UWM’s Mathematics Department to ensure that the targets were mathematically sound.

 

Summer MMP Courses

The MMP offered 7 courses during June, July, and August 2006. Approximately 129 participants were in attendance. Of special note was a new course, ‘Number and Computation: Special Education Focus’, that centered on collaboration between regular and special education teacher teams, designed in response to a spring MTL session. Two other courses, ‘Standards-based Mathematics: Measurement’, and Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning: Part 2’, were also newly offered.

Repeat courses included ‘Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation’; ‘Standards-based Mathematics: K4’, ‘Developing Mathematical Ideas: Data’; and ‘Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning: Part 1’.

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

Spring Math Colloquia

Several Math colloquia were presented during the spring semester of 2006. In March, Marquette University’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science hosted Professor Guershon Harel, of the University of California-San Diego, for a colloquium talk entitled “What is Mathematics? A Pedagogical Answer to a Philosophical Question" relating the teaching and learning of mathematical proof. This colloquium coincided with two other events geared to mathematics educators and education majors at Marquette University.

April's colloquium was "Exploring the Shape of Space" by Dr. Jeff Weeks. Dr. Weeks presented an interactive talk with Middle and High School Mathematics teachers challenging the idea of the universe as infinite.

In May, Dr. Judy Paterson from the University of Auckland visited UWM to present "Using Mathematics to open up windows in teachers’ minds: Encouraging teacher talk about learning and teaching" at a colloquium on May 22, 2006. Approximately 35 attendees from several local institutions of higher education attended Dr. Paterson’s talk, which related her involvement in a longitudinal study that encourages interaction between mathematics teachers and the greater community through stimulation of mathematical input during professional development opportunities. While in Milwaukee, Dr. Paterson was also a key presenter in the MMP workshop "Engaging Mathematics: Connecting Your Students to Learning Mathematics" held May 20, co-presented by Gabriella Pinter from UW-Milwaukee, and Harvey Keynes and Simon Morgan of the University of Minnesota.

WMC Conference at Green Lake

Nearly 90 MTLs attended and over 40 members of the MMP staff presented at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s annual conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin in May. Several of the presenters of the 28 MMP-sponsored sessions were staff from the UWM Math Department. Some of the topics presented were: “ Research on the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching and the Role of Definition in Mathematics Instruction”, “The ‘Coaching’ Spirit Is Catching on in Professional Development and in Classroom Practice”, “Does Your Assessment Measure Up?”, “Reading in Mathematics: Research to Practice”, and “WKCE-CRT Constructed Response: The Secrets Revealed”.

For a full list of presenters and topics, visit the Accomplishments page (click on May).

 

NCSM/NCTM presentations

More than 15 members of the MMP Staff, including grant PI's, Math Professors, Math Teaching Specialists and Teachers-in-Residence, as well as Math Teacher Leaders from several MPS schools presented 10 sessions on several facets of MMP work at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Convention in April. Presentations given included:

  • H.Kepner, K.McLeod, H.Kranendonk, and D.Huinker presented “A District- University Partnership to Upgrade Mathematical Content Knowledge of Middle-Grades Teachers of Mathematics Through Fellowships.”
  • P.Bedford and B.Rahming presented “Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP) Protocol for Examining Student Work.”
  • B.Rahming and S.Harris presented “An Urban District Uses the Thinking Skills Classification Framework to Push Teachers and Address Standardized Assessments.”
  • B.Schefelker and L.Pruske presented “Mathematics Learning Walks: Focused Observations, Collaborative Conversations, and Effective Feedback Leading to School Improvement.”
  • D.Huinker and J.Freckmann presented “The ‘Coaching’ Spirit Is Catching On In Professional Development And In Classroom Practice.”
  • H.Kranendonk and R.Peck presented “A Curriculum Framework for Statistical Education.”
  • H.Kepner, D.Lotesto, K.McLeod, and A.Ford presented “Mathematical Rigor: From Exploring Connections to Reasoning to Proof.”
  • L.Moranchek and B.Schefelker presented “High-Stake State Mathematics Assessment: CRs and BCRs—the Secrets Unveiled”
  • A.Ford Patton and S.Akinsanya presented “The Use of Students’ Work to Support Classroom Standards Using Assessment.”
  • R.Hollinger and M.Schimenz presented “Problem, Protocol, and Practice: Learning from Analyzing Students’ Work.”
  • M.Hedges, S.Harris, and M.Steinmeyer presented “Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Dog; There Has to Be a Better Way to Divide.”
  • C.Brenner, J.Udovich, and L.Maly presented “Working Toward Equity: Using Superballs, Food Coloring, and Rice.”

Spring MMP Courses

Nearly 200 teachers and administrators attended the 7 courses offered from January to May by the MMP. Course topics included Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation, Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics, Parts 1 and 2, and Algebraic Relationships and Reasoning, and Standards-based Mathematics in a K4 classroom. These last two courses were new offerings. In addition, the MMP co-sponsored a course, Lenses on Learning, in conjunction with the “Thinking About Mathematics Instruction” project, to look at effective teaching practices in mathematics.

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

Spring MTL Meetings

From January through March, the MTLs continued the journey into Algebraic Thinking through algebraic properties, representations and relationships.

In April, each MTL brought a special education teacher (over 100) from their school to expand the work of the MMP. Over 100 Special Education teachers joined the MTLs in the collaborative session. As a result of this meeting, the MMP was able to design and implement a new course that was offered in Summer 2006: Number and Computation Development: Special Education Focus. .

High School Math teachers started attending MTL meetings in the spring as well to inform HS teachers what was going on with mathematics instruction in K-8 schools to help bridge connections between grades.

The May MTL meeting was held at Green Lake at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s annual meeting; nearly 90 MTLs were in attendance. The MTLs attended a sharing session while also having the opportunity to present or listen to speakers discuss topics in Mathematics. Several MTLs presented at the conference, including four who had previously attended and co-presented at the NCTM/NCSM Annual Conference in April.

Learning Team Week

On December 5 th, 6 th, 10 th, 12 th, and 13 th approximately 100 MPS teachers and administrators came together to learn about CABS and how to evaluate student work. School Learning Teams attended four sessions through out the day. During those sessions, participants received feedback on CABS that they currently use, learned how to write more effective CABS, and learned how to effectively evaluate student work to better focus instruction. At the end of the day, Learning Teams were given the opportunity to reflect on what they learned through out the day and how they will bring this new information back to their schools.

 

8 th-9 th Grades Math Assessment Pilot

The 8 th and 9 th Grade Math Assessment Pilot has met several times this fall. The group that meets is composed of 21 middle and high school teachers from 14 schools. Several topics have been the focus of the meetings. One key task has been to split the 10 th Grade State Math Descriptors so 8 th and 9 th grade math teachers in MPS can align their curriculums accordingly. A second task has been to develop 8 th and 9 th grade math proficiencies using the appropriate 10 th Grade State Math Descriptors. The proficiencies will be field tested. The finished product will be a binder filled with model proficiencies and resources to help guide the 8 th and 9 th grade math teachers in MPS. Summer school is also a focus of these meetings. Curriculum, using a “Country Data Project” as the foundation, is being developed for both 8 th and 9 th grade math summer school. Lessons will be field tested second semester, and the summer school math teachers will be trained before June.

Visit the Assessment Pilot page to learn more.

Grades 2-7 Assessment Pilot

Fifty-one assessment leaders representing 27 schools have participated in the Assessment Pilot for Grades 2-7. During these sessions teachers have learned ways to use formative assessment to improve student mathematics achievement. The assessment leaders have received training in two areas: (1) using the CABS Assessing the Assessment Guide and (2) using a Protocol Analyzing and Learning from Student Work. Assessment leaders are expected to begin school-based committee work in one of these two areas. Assessment leaders have also participated in professional development around the mathematics content of Algebra. Each month the assessment leaders are engaged in algebra tasks to deepen their own understanding and algebraic reasoning. Together with the school MTL, these leaders can facilitate algebra tasks with their school staff

Visit the Assessment Pilot page to learn more.

Visit the CABS page to view the full array of CABS.

 

Fall Math Colloquium

Over forty-five mathematicians and mathematics educators from twenty Milwaukee area high schools and institutions of higher education attended a Colloquium Event featuring Deborah Hughes-Hallett on Friday, October 14, 2005. The event, co-sponsored the MMP, was a one-day seminar held in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Marquette University. During the event, Dr. Hughes-Hallett taught a demonstration calculus lesson, led a question-and-answer session at a luncheon following the lesson, and conducted a colloquium on the topic of Calculus Teaching from a Reform Perspective.

 

 

Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers - introduction to the program

Over fifty teachers have joined together to participate in the Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers. These Math Fellows are immersed in a series of mathematics courses offered through a unique model of collaboration among mathematics faculty, mathematics lectures, and MPS teachers. The Math Fellows are currently engaged in an intense study of mathematics content taking courses that include: Mathematical Problem Solving, Geometry, Discrete Probability and Statistics, and Algebraic Structures. These mathematics courses are designed to deepen and extend the Math Fellows’ mathematics content knowledge with a focus on the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching middle grades mathematics and producing mathematics leaders in their schools. The Math Fellows will complete their course work in the summer of 2006.

 

Communication & Reasoning Parts 1 & 2- Fall Courses

Approximately 80 MPS teacher and administrators enrolled in the Communication and Reasoning courses offered this fall. While enrolled, participants gained insight on practices that support students’ ability to communicate mathematical reasoning, developed their understanding of ways to improve students’ oral communication, and deepened their knowledge of strategies that support written communication in mathematics. Also covered was the development of mathematical vocabulary, district learning targets, and expectations for mathematical communication on district and state mathematics assessments.

View the Course Flyers by visiting the Archived Courses page.

Fall 2005 Math Teacher Leader Monthly Seminars

Approximately 115 MPS Math Teacher Leaders have attended monthly seminars through out the fall and winter. During these seminars, teachers have spent time examining the alignment of the MPS Targets and Wisconsin State Descriptors, developing and assessing CABS, and learning more about school leadership. Unpacking the WKCE has also been the focus of some of the meetings. Teachers have had the opportunity to look closely at the WCKE and examine their current math programs for alignment. Participants have also engaged in their own professional development in mathematics. The mathematics content focus of these sessions has been algebraic thinking and reasoning, specifically the big ideas of equivalence and generalization. This content area will continue to be emphasized and expanded upon through out the school year.

 

 

IHE Network Conference, August 25-26, 2005

Deborah Ball and Hyman Bass of the University of Michigan visited Carroll College for a 2 day conference on “Knowing Mathematics for Teaching” and what exactly that means for teaching and training instructors. Ball and Bass gave several presentations with examples from their research and led meaningful discussions/ activities to engage participants and facilitate thinking about mathematical knowledge needed for teaching. Almost 80 participants attended the conference over the 2 days and traveled from all over the state including some travelers from Michigan.

Here is a link to related items on Ball’s personal website: Web Link

 

2 nd Annual Math Teacher Leader Summer Kick-Off

Bradley Technology and Trade High School, August 24-25, 2005

Content Focus: Algebra

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

 

 

Year Two Highlights: 2004-05

Many MMP Staff Present at Regional and National Conventions in Spring

MMP Staff, including grant PI's, Math Professors, Math Teaching Specialists and Teachers-in-Residence, as well as Math Teacher Leaders from several MPS schools presented on many facets of MMP work at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Convention in Apriln 2005, and the Wisconsin Mathematics Council Annual Meeting in Green Lake in May 2005. A sampling of presentations given included:
  • “Building the Mathematics Content Teachers Need to Know” by Henry Kepner, Ric Ancel, Melissa Hedges, Sharonda Harris, Bernard Rahming.
  • "Mathematics and Children's Literature: The Natural Connection” by Pandora Bedford and Sharonda Harris.
  • Pizza and Brownies! Can we Really Teach Fractions Without Food” by Beth Schefelker, Sharonda Harris.
  • The Mathematics Education of High School Teachers: An Evolving Partnership Between Mathematics and Mathematics Educators” by Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, Gail Burrill, Dan Lotesto.
  • “Using Student Work to Engage in Purposeful Class Discussion” by DeAnn Huinker and Janis Freckman.

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

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

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

 

 

Math Curriculum Seminar Day, March 4, 2005

The Milwaukee Archdiocese invited the Math Teaching Specialists to present: "Best Practices in Mathematics Education", March 4, 2005. One of the specialists, Rosann Hollinger, was able to oblige and worked with a group of middle grades math teachers around three problems from the Connected Mathematics program. Instructional format and strategies, recent research, and connections to the State Assessment Framework were shared and discussed.

114th Annual SWEIO Convention, February 25, 2005

The Southern Wisconsin Educational Inservice Organization (SWEIO) met on February 25, 2005, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Hank Kepner, Cheryl Brenner from Riverside University High School, and Rosann Hollinger, Math Teaching Specialist, presented "Significant Mathematics for All Students - A Middle School
and High School Reality", a two-hour session which engaged participants in the mathematics as seen from the student's perspective. The rationale, decision-making, and implementation of programs were heartily considered and discussed.

Meeting with State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster, January 28, 2005

First speaking at the School of Education Education Strategy Series, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elizabeth Burmaster discussed her administration’s promise to raise the achievement of all students and what Wisconsin is doing to close the gap. Her proposed solutions included improving student achievement with a focus on reading and a balanced literacy standard and sharing responsibility for increasing parental and community involvement in schools and libraries to address teenage literacy, dropouts and truancy.

The breakfast presentation was followed by an all-day meeting of fifty Wisconsin leaders in mathematics education. After a brief exchange of ideas with Burmaster, Henry Kranendonk, Math Teaching Specialists, and Teachers-in-Residence presented information about the MMP grant. This included an overview of the grant’s accomplishments, learning teams, the role of MTS and TIR, MPS Learning Targets’ relation to the State Standards and Descriptors, and the new WKCE-CRT exam.

Math Teaching Specialists and Teachers-in-Residence present at DPI "New Wisconsin Promise" Conference, January 11-12, 2005

UWM/MPS Teachers-in-Residence Sharonda M. Harris, Melissa Hedges, and Bernard Rahming presented "High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All: the Milwaukee Public Schools Comprehensive Mathematics Framework", which discussed the new Comprehensive Mathematics Framework, instituted in MPS in 2003, its impact on mathematics teaching and learning, and the role it is playing in uniting a large urban district under a common vision of quality mathematics instruction.

MPS Math Teaching Specialists Rosann Hollinger and Angela Ford Patton presented "Closing the Achievement Gap: Keeping the Focus in the Classroom". Rosann talked about her 8th grade students' positive experiences with block scheduling (80 minutes of mathematics per day) as a viable avenue for deeper mathematics, relationships, and expectations. Angela spoke from her high school experiences of using student performance data as feedback to guide and refine teaching and learning strategies.

UWM Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics Follow-Up Saturday Sessions, Fall 2004

Middle and high school math teachers who participated in the
August 9-13 UWM course, “Data Analysis, Probability, and
Statistics”, were invited to continue on four follow-up
Saturdays, 8-12 Noon, September 25, October 23, November 20, and December 11 for one credit.

In addition to data analysis, probability, and statistics, algebra was added to the agenda using lessons from NCTM’s “Navigating through Algebra”. One of the most powerful benefits of both the August class and the follow-ups was the middle and high school collaboration. The course gave teachers from different levels a unique opportunity to work together, sharing strategies. Follow-up highlights also included teachers bringing in student work to analyze and using the presidential election as a connection to many mathematical topics and conversations.

UWM Geometry for Elementary Education Majors

After months of preparation, Geometry for Elementary Teachers is making its’ debut during the Fall 2004 semester under the guidance of Design Team members Professor Ric Ancel (Mathematics Department), Professor Hank Kepner (Curriculum and Instruction), and Melissa Hedges (Teacher-in-Residence). In preparation for the semester, a good portion of the spring and summer of 2004 was spent sifting through various standards documents, identifying key topics for instruction, finding connections to standards-based middle school mathematics curriculum and outlining a general course of instruction.

Currently the class of 27 students has explored a unit on similarity studying properties of similar figures, applications of similarity and using proportional reasoning to solve problems involving similarity. The second unit consisted of a study of the geometry of the sphere using the globe as a contextual tool and incorporating Eratosthenes’ measurement of the circumference of the earth. For the remainder of the semester the class will examine geometry as a measuring tool, rigid motions and symmetry.

Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics, Part 1

Participants in Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics are working vigorously to gain insight on practices that support students’ ability to communicate their reasoning in mathematics aligned with the literacy and mathematics comprehensive framework. They are also developing understanding of ways to improve students’ oral communication, and increasing their knowledge of strategies that support written communication, as well as learning new strategies to support student reasoning.

 

Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics, Part 2

Participants that attended the "Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics" course over the summer session were offered the opportunity to expand on their new knowledge of effective mathematics teaching practices by enrolling in "Part 2" to further promote students' ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, their mathematics knowledge and reasoning skills. The class of 14 MPS teachers, several of which are Math Teacher Leaders, is going extremely well. Participants feel more confident about implementing these new strategies to help their students become better able to tackle mathematics.

Photo from Summer 2004 Courses

Math Colloquium, December 10, 2004

Over forty mathematicians and mathematics educators from ten Milwaukee area institutions of higher education were in attendance at “The Mathematics Education of Teachers: One Example of an Evolving Partnership between Mathematicians and Mathematics Educators” presented by Gail Burrill of Michigan State University.

Burrill, who is the Former Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council, and Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, spent the day at other MMP events before conversing animatedly about the capstone course for secondary mathematics majors that she co-developed and taught at Michigan State University. Successes, challenges, sample math problems and other resources used, co-teaching procedures, and surprise findings from teaching the course were all discussed to an interactive crowd of educators from local colleges and universities including UWM, Marquette, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Alverno College, Carroll College, and others.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Team Week: "Maximizing the Potential of Classroom Assessment - Part 1"

During the week of December 6-10, five-person teams from each of the elementary, middle, and high schools in MPS met at Andrew Douglas Community Academy to discuss classroom assessment, specifically how it relates to mathematics and reading instruction. The district Curriculum Specialists, Mathematics Teaching Specialists and Literacy Specialists presented sessions on CABS (Classroom Assessment Based on Standards), assessing mathematics through writing, roles of learning teams and school-wide formative assessment, thinking and communicating in mathematics, and how learning targets and descriptors fit into a school's mathematics program. Representatives Diana Kasbaum, Laura Moranchek, and Philip Olson from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction were also in attendance to share insight into the WKCE-CRT statewide assessment that will be done at all grade levels beginning next fall, and to discuss the new testing frameworks developed for reading and mathematics. (Click here to download these frameworks.)

Conference on the University of Wisconsin System Mathematics Placement Examination

The MMP Conference on the University of Wisconsin System Mathematics Placement Examination was held on October 28, 2004 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Student Union. In attendance were 14 area high school teachers, representing suburban public and private schools and City of Milwaukee public and private schools, as well as representatives of MATC, UW-Milwaukee and UW-System. In addition to serving its stated purpose of providing a firsthand look at the Early Mathematics Placement Test (EMPT) and information about UW-System Mathematics Placement Test (UWSMPT) itself, the conference provided an opportunity for all the participants to get acquainted on a personal and professional level, and to share insights into how to prepare students so that the results of the UWSMPT demonstrate what the students do know about algebra and trigonometry.

It was agreed by all that it would be valuable to have a second meeting, where the format would be similar, but the subject would be the ACCU-Placer test system used at MATC. We are currently looking for a convenient date early in the spring semester to meet again.

The high school teachers all requested EMPT information from Char Tortorice (Interim Director of Placement Testing for UW-System) and some teachers requested copies of texts used at UWM for courses that parallel courses at their schools. Everyone agreed that such an exchange would facilitate a better understanding of what UWM’s standards really are.

 

October Math Teacher Leader Meetings

The October MTL meetings were held on October 13 and 14 for elementary and October 20 for middle grades. The vast majority of the math teacher leaders participated in this particular meeting which focused on fractions, coaching, and the new State descriptors. The 2nd Annual Action Plan, which gives 60 hours to each school's learning team via the math teacher leader, was unrolled. Also, math teacher leaders worked with a new"script" so they have a professional development session all ready to deliver to their staff in the future. This script deals with characteristics of problem solving classrooms including having teachers read and discuss an article from "Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving", work through a problem and share their strategies. One MTL stated, “The best explanation to date of how to get across new information to our staff. If you made it any easier, you would be the presenter in our building.”

New Teacher Seminars are a Resounding Success

During the week of October 5 th – 8 th, the MMP invited first and second year teachers to participate in grade level trainings to deepen their understanding of mathematics instruction. Approximately 150 participants attended. The trainings focused around connecting the Wisconsin State Framework descriptors to the MPS Learning Targets, developing an understanding of the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework as it relates to a lesson, and broadening participants understanding of Assessment. Follow up meetings have been planned. In order to promote collegiality and to support PI-34 requirements, new teachers are encouraged to invite their mentor teachers to attend.

CM2 Conference in St. Louis

Attendees:

  • Hank Kepner – Curriculum and Instruction
  • Richard Stockbridge – Math Department
  • Kevin McLeod – Math Department
  • Craig Guilbault – Math Department
  • Melissa Hedges – Teacher-in-Residence

A team of MMP members attended the CM2 Conference – Connecting Middle School and College Mathematics Project in St. Louis, MO, September 24-25, 2004. The conference gave all team members the opportunity to think more deeply about the knowledge teachers need to teach mathematics effectively. Conference organizers shared curriculum and textbooks they had created over the course of their NSF grant, currently in its’ last year. The textbooks created by teams of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and school personnel work to connect the college mathematics that preservice teachers learn with standards-based middle school curriculum. The UW-M team brought back preliminary versions of textbooks in geometry, algebraic structures, data analysis and statistics that will help support the work of Design Teams in those content areas. Aside from attending various sectionals general sessions included key note presentations by Ira Papick, Zal Usiskin, Sybilla Beckmann and Paul Sally.

Banking Day at Garden Homes Elementary School

Banking Days in MPS are devoted to professional development, giving the math teaching specialists another opportunity to support the math teacher leaders. One such example of this took place on the October 1 Banking Day at Garden Homes Elementary School.

The literacy coach, math teacher leader, and two math teaching specialists worked together to present to the staff a session focusing on the WKCE. The staff took the test analyzed some of the items using “Thinking Classification Levels”, and discussed their own school data. One of the more powerful pieces to the session was to have the administrators, not only in attendance, but really participating, side-by-side with their teachers.

The National Coalition of ESEA Title 1 Parents, Inc.: “No Parent Left Behind EQUALS No Child Left Behind” Conference

Henry Kranendonk, Pandora Bedford, and Sharonda Harris spoke at this national conference that was held in Milwaukee on October 27-31 at the Hilton. Topics for the sessions included “Mathematics and Children’s Literature: The Natural Connection” and “Using Community Involvement for Quality Education”. The second session involved a discussion regarding a study conducted by high school students that collected data via a survey that was used to explore whether or not a generation label means anything. Does one generation demonstrate differences over another generation?

Photo from Summer 2004 IHE Conference

IHE Conference

The first Institutions of Higher Education Conference was held August 16 and 17, 2004 at Alverno College, in conjunction with the annual NPRIME (Networking Project for the Improvement of Mathematics Education) conference. The conference topic, “What is the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching?” provided a springboard for discussion on topics related to the improvement of teacher education at the partnering institutions. Group sessions related experiences in developing teachers’ mathematical knowledge and the process of preparing future mathematics teachers. The two-day interactive breakout sessions dealt with specific areas of mathematical preparation, such as geometry, probability and statistics, problem solving and proof, math for elementary teachers, and preparing secondary students’ transition to college mathematics.

MTL Kickoff

The school-year kickoff for the 2004-05 Mathematics Teacher Leaders (MTL) was held August 24 and 25, 2004. The majority of the 196 total MTLs representing 168 MPS schools were in attendance for one or both days. As part of the kickoff, all teachers took the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) for their respective grade levels to gain a better understanding of how to prepare their students to take this test in November. Time was also spent working on each school's educational action plan.

Photo from Summer 2004 Courses

 

Year One Highlights: 2003-04
Photo from Summer 2004 Courses

Number and Computation Development: Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5

Through collaborative work with the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP), the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) courses were offered to support elementary (K-5) teachers by offering a free 1-credit course, with sections targeting Kindergarten, Grades 1and 2, and Grades 3-5. These courses examined how students build their understanding of numbers and number relationships and how they begin to use their growing understanding of the number system to solve computation problems. Participants were engaged in discussions and activities that lead them to understand how to help students develop mathematical meaning by creating, sharing and recording their own strategies for solving these mathematical problems.

Communication and Reasoning in Mathematics

From June 26-29, a one-credit course was offered for MPS K-8 teachers on communication and reasoning in mathematics. The course examined strategies for developing students' ability to communicate mathematical reasoning both orally and in writing through improvement of mathematical vocabulary, understanding of district learning targets, and discussions of expectations for mathematical communication on district and state assessments in mathematics.

Photo from Summer 2004 Courses
Photo from Summer 2004 Courses

Instructional Leadership in Mathematics

This two-credit course was offered to approximately 10 MPS principals July 12-16 to improve their knowledge and communication with their staff regarding mathematics instruction. Goals of the course were to increase awareness of the alignment of state standards and the assessment framework, deepen understanding of how children develop ideas about number and computation, and to build knowledge in how to effectively hold professional conversations with staff about mathematics teaching and learning.

Data Analysis

This course examined how students build their understanding of problems and concepts in probability and statistics. The teachers met together as well as in groups based on grade levels (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and pre-Advanced Placement/Advanced Placement Statistics). Participants were involved in discussions and activities that led them to understanding how to help students make sense of the huge amount of data present in the information age, and make predictions and decisions based on their understand. The use of technology, particularly graphing calculators, was an important component of the course. A one-credit follow-up course will be offered on Saturdays during the fall semester of 2004.

Photo from Summer 2004 Courses

Praxis Discussion Sessions

All prospective teachers in Wisconsin are now required to pass the Praxis II: Content Knowledge Exam in order show evidence of content knowledge related to their area of certification. To help our curriculum design work at UWM ensure that students are learning the content needed for teaching, two faculty/student conversations were held.

The first, held on April 17, included pre-service secondary mathematics teachers who had just taken the exam that morning, along with several faculty and staff members. The second conversation, held on June 16, was attended by students who had taken the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Exam, faculty members from all subject areas in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, and four mathematics teachers-in-residence.

At both sessions, information about the exams was shared, including the breadth and depth of knowledge that would be expected to receive a passing score. The students were questioned about their perceptions of the exam, and recommendations were made to help better prepare pre-service teachers to pass the exam.

NCSM/NCTM Annual Conference

During the week of April 19-24, 2004in Philadelphia, PA, members of the MMP including DeAnn Huinker, Hank Kepner, Henry Kranendonk, the mathematics Teachers-in-Residence, and the MPS Mathematics Teaching Specialists presented several sessions and attended many more at the annual conferences of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Sessions presented by our contingent included:

  • Using Coaching to Build Leadership for Effective Curriculum Implementation, Deann Huinker and Janis Freckmann.
  • Workshop for New Leaders, Hank Kepner.
  • High School Math Implementation: Learning Targets, Classroom-Based Assessments, Transition to College, School-Based Professional Development, Hank Kepner and Henry Kranendonk.
  • The Performance of Urban Students Using an Integrated High School Curriculum, Hank Kepner, Dan Lotesto, Janice Udovich, and Cheryl Brenner.

MMP represented well at WMC Annual Conference, 2004

Several faculty presented sessions on various aspects of the MMP, including the Comprehensive Mathematics Framework, at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) Annual Conference in May. In addition, all of the Mathematics Teacher Leaders (MTL) were given the opportunity to take professional development time to attend the conference as MPS representatives.

 

 

 

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