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MCMI PD for K–2 Math Educators

Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative, Consortium Professional Development

University of Illinois at Chicago, Learning Sciences Research Institute


The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative (MCMI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is offering a series of virtual professional development sessions in 2020–2021 that will focus on developing teachers’ formative assessment practices* and leverage technology to support these practices. The TRU Framework, the Mathematics Teaching Practices in Principles to Actions (NCTM, 2014), the CCSSM, and equity-based teaching practices will guide discussions about productive best-practices for the teaching and learning of mathematics in face-to-face and remote settings.

GOALS: The professional development is designed to provide opportunities for teachers to explore problems of practice and provide high-quality experiences for students in both face-to-face and virtual environments:

• Build a collaborative professional community of reflective mathematics teachers;

• Develop teachers’ understanding of what it means to differentiate instruction to provide equitable access to a wide variety of learners;

• Enhance participants’ abilities to use high-quality mathematics tasks to engage in formative assessment processes and support the development of students’ robust understanding of mathematics;

• Expand participants’ vision of mathematics teaching and strengthen teacher content and pedagogical content knowledge; and

• Deepen teachers’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, promoting the Mathematical Content and Practices within and across grade levels.

Session 1: MCMI: Core Practices, Routines, and Resources

Session 2: Engineering Tasks and Activities that Promote Collaboration

Session 3: Clarifying, Focusing, and Sharing Learning Intentions

Session 4: Eliciting Evidence of Learning

Session 5: Providing Feedback that Moves Learning Forward

Session 6: Activating Students as Learning Resources for One Another

Session 7: Activating Students as Owners of Their Own Learning

*Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhán Leahy and The Formative 5: Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom by Skip Fennell, Beth McCord Kobett, and Jonathan A. Wray.