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Year Eight Highlights: 2010-2011

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Math Teacher Leader Kickoff

The Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership held the annual Math Teacher Leader Kickoff on August 26 at South Division High School.  The event kicked off with a message from Sharonda Harris, the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, followed by keynote speakers Dr. Hank Kepner, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Past-President, and Dr. Heidi Ramirez, Chief Academic Officer for MPS.  Dr. Kepner discussed building meaningful mathematical practices though state standards while Dr. Ramirez updated attendees on MPS student achievement in her presentation titled Making a Difference in 2010-11.  The remaining breakout sessions, presented by Math Teaching Specialists and Math Education Faculty from UWM, gave MTLs an opportunity to delve into the newly released Common Core State Standards for the 2010-11 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 fall of 2010, MMP offered two 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 31 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 offered to approximately 15 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 2010, Math Teacher Leaders attended four leadership training seminars each of which included Content, Leadership, and Assessment Sessions.  The UWM Content sessions used the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics as a guide to examine various content areas and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  Leadership sessions focused on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) and building coaching skills.  Assessment sessions focused improving classroom discourse in mathematics.  Additional key activities included sessions on introducing the Common Core State Standards, a presentation by Henry Kranendonk on mathematics issues impacting MPS, completing the Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching (MKT) Survey, and reviewing MMP's Year 7 External Evaluation.


Algebra & Geometry Labs

December 2010 marked the first meetings of the Algebra and Geometry Labs.  MPS teachers, UW-Milwaukee Mathematics Professors, MPS Math Teaching Specialists, and Math Teacher Leaders met six times throughout the school year to participate in this professional development opportunity.   The format of the meetings included a teacher from the host school presenting a mathematics lesson to high school students while the attendees observed the teaching and learning.  Following the lesson, the attendees explored the content and pedagogy of the lesson.  The afternoon wrapped up with a lesson presentation from the consultant from the publishers of the Discovering Geometry and Discovering Algebra textbook series and collaborative planning time.  The Geometry Labs were held December 14 at Bay View High School and December 15 at Bradley Tech.  The Algebra Labs were held on February 15 at Vincent High School, February 16 at James Madison Academic Campus, May 10 at Hamilton High School, and May 11 at Northwest Secondary School.


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Spring MMP Courses

Beginning in January 2011, the MMP offered four professional development courses for MPS teachers to deepen their mathematics content knowledge and to enhance their mathematics instruction.  About 85 MPS teachers and administrators enrolled in Common Core State Standards for Mathematics .  The course was separated into three sections: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.  The grade-band specific courses were designed to (1) support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and (2) create an opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In March, thirty one teachers enrolled in Communications and Reasoning: Part 2  which linked learning intentions and success criteria with instructional strategies. Participants in this course also examined formative assessment and types of feedback that will further their students’ ability to communicate mathematically.


Spring MTL Meetings

Math Teacher Leaders attended 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.  The spring  content sessions  focused on the Standards for Mathematical Practice, specifically Modeling, Precision, Reasoning, and Structure.  Leadership sessions continued to focus on change from the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) coaching skills, and promoting equity in the mathematics classroom.  The Assessment sessions focused on providing students with effective feedback, lesson planning, and improving questioning skills in mathematics teaching.


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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 11-13 and April 14-16, respectively, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  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/).  Six 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/). Eight presentations were given on behalf of the MMP at the conference.


Green Lake (WMC) Conference

The 43rd annual Green Lake Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc. took place May 4-6 in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  This year’s conference was titled PC2 Priorities, Connections & Coherence: Creating Balance in Mathematics Education.  
The work of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership was shared through numerous presentations at this year’s Green Lake Conference.

MMP Staff at Green Lake Conference


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Mathematics Fellows

The Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers entered its final semester with participants enrolling in the Math Fellows Capstone course. At the completion of the Fellows project, thirty-two Math Fellows representing twenty-two different schools were honored at a banquet on June 1. The Math Fellows along with their principals, instructors and guests celebrated their successful participation in the Mathematics Fellowship for Middle Grade Teachers.  Presentations were given by Dr. Henry Kepner, Dr. DeAnn Huinker, Dr. Kevin McLeod, as well as Dr. Heidi Ramirez, Chief Academic Officer for MPS,  Sharonda Harris, MPS Math Curriculum Specialist, Henry Kranendonk, retired MPS Math Curriculum Specialist, and Phil Makurat, WITQ Program Coordinator.  The Math Fellows  were presented with plaques signed by Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, Sharonda Harris, Mathematics Curriculum Specialist and Dr. Kevin McLeod from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. 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.


Common Core Leadership in Mathematics Project

On June 20, UWM offered the first course session of the Common Core Leadership in Mathematics (CCLM) Project to approximately thirty-eight teachers from Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, South Milwaukee, and Mequon-Thiensville Public Schools.  The course was taught by DeAnn Huinker, Janis Freckmann, Connie Laughlin, Henry Kepner, Kevin McLeod, and Melissa Hedges.  The goal of the project is to build the capacity of schools and districts for transitioning curricular programs, classroom instruction, and student learning expectations to align with the Wisconsin Common Core Standards in Mathematics The long-term outcome of CCLM  is improved student learning in mathematics in relation to this common set of shared learning expectations. This project is funded by the Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality (WITQ) Program through the University of Wisconsin System.



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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 understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  Approximately 111 teachers took a break from their summer vacation and were enrolled in one of the following courses:Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Grades K-2, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Grades 3-5, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Grades 6-12, Teaching Fraction Concepts and Computation, andUnpacking the Modeling Framework.








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