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Math Institute 2020 (online)

September 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT Free

Registration Deadline: FRI. 9/25/20 

This will be a Math Institute like no other! The focus of this year’s Math Institute is about online math learning and empowering our students to be online math learners.

We will get to learn from Joey Lehrman, an innovator in adult education. Lehrman is experienced in creating and providing accessible and relevant educational opportunities for adult learners through the use of technology.

Additionally, we will have breakout sessions, “unconference” learning sessions, and a flipped classroom simulation (led by Joe Lehrman), all designed to inspire, teach, and equip us with more ideas and strategies for creating successful remote learning opportunities for our learners.


Schedule for the Day:

  • 8:50-9:00 a.m. – Log into the conference (all Zoom links will be sent the week of the event)
  • 9:00 – Keynote by Joey LehrmanThe rapid response to distance learning has been filled with challenges, opportunities, mistakes, lessons learned, and so much more. In this session, we will explore how we can continue to leverage technology to create accessible, engaging, and meaningful learning opportunities for adult students. Questions we will explore include:
    • What are best practices in distance learning (if they even exist yet)? 
    • What is the role of an instructor when math content can be accessed anytime and anywhere? 
    • How can technology help us to re-imagine the adult education classroom to encourage students as independent math learners? 
    • How can we establish a culture of continuous learning so students and staff are building new digital skills together? How can technology be integrated to empower students to drive their own education while enabling instructors to focus their time and energy on building meaningful and lasting relationships with students?
  • 10-10:15 – Break
  • 10:15-11:15 – Unconference Learning Sessions: Four topics to be determined by the pre-institute survey (included in registration) – The Unconference Learning Sessions feature four separate 60-min session topics to choose from. These topics were generated by you on the pre-Math Institute survey! While these sessions will be facilitated by ABE math leaders from around the state, they will be conversational and primarily fueled by your questions, problem-solving, and great ideas. On the day of the Institute, you will be able to choose from one of the following four interactive sessions to join. Come ready to interact with your colleagues to enhance numeracy teaching and learning!
    • Session #1 – Making Thinking Visible in Remote Learning Environments, Facilitator: Kris Klas, HUBBS Center/St Paul ABE
    • Session #2 – Enhancing Online Instruction with Virtual Manipulatives, Facilitator: Tom Kroeger, Roseville ABE
    • Session #3 – Identify Student Learning and Students’ Instructional Needs with Virtual Formative Assessments, Facilitator: Andy Albee, Robbinsdale ABE
    • Session #4 Co-teaching in a Remote Instructional Environment, Facilitator: Terri Ferris, AEOE
  • 11:15-11:30 – Break
  • 11:30-12:15 – Concurrent sessions:
    • You Can Do Packets, The Right Way – Meagan Hymes, Hennepin County Corrections – The pandemic has forced all of us to shift and stretch our teaching in new directions, and while there are some amazing innovations taking place in online instruction, not all of our students do well with the online environment, and not all of us have virtual access to our learners. Come hear about teachers who have limited to no virtual access to their students and must rely on paper packets as their main tool of instruction. Learn about strategies to maintain best practices and collect resources. It is possible to provide quality, equitable math instruction through packets!
    • Lessening Barriers to Online Math Learning: ACES to the Rescue – Amber Delliger and Cynthia Secord, Metro North – In the past few months, online learning has become a necessity for our learners. The thought of taking math classes online is anxiety inducing enough. The added stress of learning how to be an online student, can feel like too much! Spend some time with us as we share how we use ACES-based lessons to help reduce anxiety and increase access and engagement for students at all levels. You will leave with a few resources and ideas to help you on this journey.
  • 12:15-1:00 – Lunch
  • 1-1:45 – Flipped Session by Joey Lehrman – The rapid response to distance learning has created some unique opportunities and challenges for adult learners. Now that we see our students in-person less (and even as campuses re-open), what is the best use of class time? And, how can we use technology to enhance our time together before, during, and after class? In this session, we will explore the “flipped classroom” model, where some class material is moved online to be accessed before or after class, thus (and hopefully) enabling students and teachers to spend meaningful time together building relationships, differentiating content, and applying math concepts. Participants will practice the model together through an actual math lesson, then spend time reflecting about what is appealing and how to continue learning about (and trying) the flipped learning approach.
  • 1:45-2:00 – Final Closing

Please note: Only Minnesota ABE Practitioners will receive CEUs.



September 25, 2020
9:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT


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FRI. 9/25/20
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