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Get Ready for Math Institute on May 4 and 5! - By Marisa Geisler, Operations Manager

The 2017 Math Institute is coming up on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 at Hamline University! 

You can register for either one day or both days, so mark your calendar and stay tuned for registration information coming in April. Once again this year we have great presenters on tap!

MAY 4 – CCRS Foundations: Mathematics

Need some guidance to get your head around the Mathematics standards? This is your chance! Join veteran presenters Danielle Legault and Molly Stewart for a dive into our MN ABE content standards and explore the key instructional shifts that shape CCR Math standards. Come pick up some concrete examples of the shifts in action, and discover useful resources for your classroom or program!

CCRS Foundations is a prerequisite for participation in several MN ABE professional development activities such as MNI and the CCRS Cohort, so this is a great opportunity to get this critical training under your belt.

MAY 5 – Creating Problems Worth Solving: Using CCRS to Change How Problems Are Presented

Life’s problems don’t appear in nice, tidy word problems like the ones students encounter in textbooks. In daily life, we ask questions because we want to know! We use what we know to make decisions, sometimes utilizing a picture, formula, process, or even just an educated guess. We use what we know flexibly and we research options to choose the best course of action.

In this workshop we’ll look at ways to change how those tidy word problems are presented so that students do more thinking and learning. We will create standards-aligned problems that will challenge students of all levels and give them a chance to develop skills that will transfer beyond the classroom.

During this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Learn and practice teaching strategies that promote problem solving at multiple levels and in various contexts (including large classroom, small group and one-to-one settings in ABE & ESL)
  • Deepen understanding of the CCRS Shifts, content standards and Math Practices
  • Critically evaluate commonly used resources, identifying high-value actions for making improvements as needed 

For more information on the types of topics that will be covered, check out these two MN ABE Connect articles:

A hearty welcome to our nationally renowned presenter, Connie Rivera from SABES (System for ABE Support)!

Connie Rivera teaches numeracy skills to adults of various skill levels, including court involved youth and English Language Learners. She is also a math consultant, providing math strategies and support to programs implementing the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education in Connecticut and Massachusetts. As a consultant for the SABES numeracy team, Connie facilitates trainings and guides teachers in curriculum development. She is President of the Adult Numeracy Network and a LINCS (Literacy Information & Communication System) national trainer for math and numeracy.

Originally published 3/20/17