Numeracy

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Lindsey Cermak

Numeracy Coordinator

ATLAS provides professional development around numeracy instruction that centers on implementation of the College & Career Readiness (CCR) Math Standards and preparing adult learners for the daily math demands of work, college, and community.

Math Instruction in Minnesota ABE

Both literacy and numeracy are critical skills for adults in order to fully engage in their communities. To further define the work of adult numeracy instruction for ABE and with the goal of achieving equitable math instruction for adult learners, the Minnesota Numeracy Instruction Advisory Team (MNI A-Team) holds that:

  • Every student at every level (literacy, language, math) deserves access to rigorous, high-quality math instruction.
  • Instruction at all literacy, language, and math proficiency levels can and should attend to math and numeracy development.
  • Intentional, focused programming can create a cohesive math experience for all learners.
  • Instruction in every classroom should be informed by growth mindset and incorporate strategies to reduce and prevent math anxiety in learners.

See the full MNI A-Team statement regarding math instruction in Minnesota ABE >>

Math Institute

The Math Institute is offered most years, generally in early fall. The current focus of this one-day conference is building coherence in math programming and instruction, based on the CCR Math Standards, Mathematical Practices, and Key Instructional Shifts (see the CCR Standards resource library for more information). Content also includes tenets of effective numeracy instruction to adults at all levels, as well as more advanced math content for those working on high school equivalency or adult diploma requirements.

MCTM Spring Conference

ATLAS has built a partnership with Minnesota’s math teachers’ professional organization, MCTM (Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics), and MinnMATYC (Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges). The annual MCTM Spring Conference in Duluth is a statewide event for math educators in K-12 through college contexts; when funds are available, ATLAS provides scholarships for ABE practitioners across the state to attend, in addition to coordinating a core group of math practitioners to present at the conference.

Webcasts and Workshops

Mathematical Practice Webcast Series

The purpose of this webcast series is to give adult educators a better sense of each of the 8 Mathematical Practices of the CCRS and to suggest ways to encourage the Practices with their students. Each webcast offers an explanation of the highlighted Practice as well as facilitation questions to ask students, sample activities at multiple levels, and classroom videos that demonstrate the Practice. The webcasts can be viewed in any order, so feel free to start with the one that is the most challenging or interesting to you! Watch on your own or with your team!

View Mathematical Practice webcasts >>

E-quip Math Series

Designed and facilitated by some of our most experienced numeracy leaders in MN ABE, the E-quip math webinars have the dual purpose of providing 1) a math content refresher for teachers, and 2) related teaching strategies. Beyond each webinar, the E-quip series offers “pre-work” – readings and/or web activities that teachers can access in order to build their background knowledge before attending the webinar, as needed.

View E-quip webinar recordings >>

Numeracy Webinars and Workshops

Additional webinars/webcasts and regional event workshops are offered throughout the year to deepen practitioners’ math content and pedagogical knowledge around adult math instruction.

Study Circles

Integrating Numeracy & Language Study Circle

The purpose of this study circle is to advance Minnesota ABE teachers’ ability to effectively and confidently integrate numeracy instruction into English language classes. It is appropriate for teachers of all levels of EL learners within Minnesota Adult Basic Education, as teachers adapt tasks for their own levels and classrooms. Study circle participants explore relevant research and its implications for best practices in the classroom, as well as engaging in both at-home reading and reflective classroom tasks that inform and deepen discussions and allow for maximum professional growth.

Online Groups

MN Numeracy Instruction Networking Group - Schoology

Join this online networking community of practice on the Schoology platform! The group serves as a forum for discussion among math educators statewide, as well as a hub for webinar announcements and materials, resources, and face-to-face event information.

Advisory Teams

Minnesota Numeracy Instruction Advisory Team

The Minnesota Numeracy Instruction Advisory Team (MNI A-Team) is an ATLAS-sponsored team designed to strengthen math and numeracy teaching and learning in Minnesota ABE through relevant, meaningful, and effective professional development for practitioners.

The A-Team is responsible for visioning and implementing a long-term strategic plan for numeracy PD in Minnesota, as well as specific tasks yearly to support established PD efforts, such as the September ABE Math Institute, regional workshops, etc.

New Numeracy Resources

Getting Started with Effective Math Talk in the Classroom

Using mathematical discussions in the classroom is a powerful way to increase our students’ critical thinking and communication skills. This article explores ways to get your students thinking and communicating mathematically from the very first days of school. The article is written for K-12 teachers, but the language and strategies work well with adult learners.

Common Core Sheets

Find hundreds of ready-to-use math worksheets on this website. The worksheets can be searched by grade level, math skill, and type of problem. Math tests and flashcards can also be created.

Language of Mathematics

The target audience for the Language of Mathematics Exercises is beginning level ABE to Intermediate level ABE students, especially non-native speakers. The exercises help students learn the vocabulary associated with basic math, fractions and percents, basic algebra and geometry. There are 20 quizzes with 10 questions each. Also included are multilingual glossaries for students.
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Latest Math/Numeracy Articles

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. This article is the first of two to explore how to make students' thinking visible for stronger learner-centered instruction. Read More

Coherence Across Classrooms

In the mathematics section of the CCRS, we are introduced to the 3 Mathematical Shifts before we even see any of the standards or mathematical practices that are now part of our instruction.  Those shifts include Focus, Coherence, and Rigor. But what does it mean to be coherent across classrooms? Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

January 21, 2020 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

One-on-One Tutoring for the Citizenship Interview and Test

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: TUES. 1/21/20 The cost of the citizenship application fee is going up 61% in 2020, and learning centers are expecting a big increase in the number of people applying for citizenship before the increase takes place. If you know someone who is interested in becoming… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
January 23, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
ATLAS
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

2020 Language & Literacy Institute

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020 (NOTE: $15 late fee applied to all registrations made after 1/17/20) NOTE: Guest room reservations must be made no later than THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020 to be guaranteed the discounted rate. Cost:  $35 for one day… Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
January 24, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
ATLAS
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

STAR 20 Cohort – Meeting 2

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

A training by Marn Frank and Terrisa Fisher, ATLAS, for participants accepted through an application process. This training will be held in conjunction with the Language & Literacy Institute on Friday, January 24, 2020. Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States