Professional Learning

Explore professional development resources and opportunities for individual educators, small groups, and PD organizers.

Individual And Small Groups

Opportunities for individual teachers, coaches, PD supervisors, district math consultants, and others to collaborate with colleagues and the Illustrative Mathematics community around math tasks.

Task Talks

Task Talks are virtual conversations for teachers and teacher leaders around a specific task. They convene weekly, Tuesday nights at 8pm Eastern Time, on Adobe Connect. Grade levels alternate by week, and the current task to be discussed is posted on our social media before the talk.

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Fractions Online Course

Dive deeper into the mathematics that students need to know at a teacher level with this self-paced online course in moodle, based on the Fractions Progression. The course consists of an introduction, and seven units related to fractions in grades three through five. Each unit includes a short video, tasks, readings, and quizzes. Once you register we will send you a login and directions to access the course and technology support is offered as necessary. Complete it on your own, or get your whole school or department involved.

'The online fractions progression course is segmented so we can stop, talk and have time to process.' - Previous Participant

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Virtual Lecture Series

Each month Illustrative Mathematics will host a talk from a mathematics education expert on a different topic connected to the theme. This spring the topic is: Incorporating the Mathematical Practices into the Middle and High School Classroom, and the presenters are Al Cuoco, Fran Arbaugh, Steve Leinwand, Diana Suddreth, and Eli Luberoff. The talks will occur monthly on Adobe Connect and the link will be circulated in the week before each event. Participants can join the talk live, and have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions, or join at their convenience watching the recorded talk. Presenters will talk for approximately 40 minutes and take questions for the remaining time. Virtual Lectures occur on Thursday Evenings in the 2015 spring semester from 7-8pm Eastern Time. Register for the entire series, or just a specific talk.

'Loved that it was webinar. I can connect with national people that I would otherwise have to travel to. Allowed me to connect with leaders in the field to hear their thinking and do it in a way that got me there when couldn’t do it through normal professional means.' - Previous Participant

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PD Organizers

Opportunities and information for schools, districts, collaboratives, states, and others that organize PD days, conferences, or events.

One Day Workshop

Our facilitators in your venue for a day of deep learning on the standards.

Construct a day made of modules from the following grade band lists or request a tailor made day to suite your needs. Most modules take 1-2 hours.

Length
1
day
Size
30
participants
Facilitators
2
Price
$6650/ Pre-made
$9950 Tailor-made
* inclusive of facilitator travel, materials

All Grades

Modules designed for participants from any grade level, drawing on a range of examples.

Model with Mathematics

Teachers have been using the word "Model" related to mathematics education for many years. But what is the meaning of "Model with Mathematics" in the Standards for Mathematical Practice? This training looks at different continuum and asks participants to deepen their understanding of modeling by categorizing tasks along different criteria. Prepare to dive into the mathematics!

Wiring the Standards

Mathematics is known for the coherence of the subject, the connections that can be drawn between the material both within grade levels as well as across grade levels. This module asks participants to look deeply at a particular standard and the tasks that illustrate that standard. Then participants are asked to think about content that leads into this topic as well as content that comes from a knowledge of this content. The real learning comes from thinking yourself about these rich connections both across and within grades.

Elementary School Teachers

Modules made with the elementary teacher in mind.

Addition and Subtraction Table Task Sort

Participants in this module will look closely at the first table from the Glossary of the standards, ‘Common Addition and Subtraction Situations.’ Taking tasks from the website, participants will consider the type of situation for each task. This module truly takes the student mathematics at a teacher level as participants are engaging in the work of teaching, determining which task is most suited to get at a particular situation or student need.

Addition and Subtraction Progression

Tracing the mathematical ideas from Kindergarten through fifth grade, this module asks participants to work across grades and think about the mathematics taught in addition and subtraction. Special focus is spent on where strategies and algorithms are introduced, and where fluency is required. Standards are illustrated using student tasks.

Fractions

Participants look at the topic of fractions as it evolves from third grade to fifth grade as described in the progression document. This special unit can be expanded to fill an entire day of study, or used in conjunction with other modules to form a full day.

Reasoning with Student Work, Grades 3-5

Some of the richest and deepest educator conversations can come from examining student work in a structured and guided way. Come learn through the eyes of a third, fourth, and fifth grade student along with peers thinking deeply about understanding student reasoning.

Middle School Teachers

Modules most appropriate for the mathematics learned in middle school.

Moving from Number to Expression on the Number Line

This module is one of our most popular! Using hands on experience with the number line, participants reason about quantities and their relationship to each other, and then generalize that reasoning to apply to expressions as well.

Reasoning with Student Work, Grades 6-8

Some of the richest and deepest educator conversations can come from examining student work in a structured and guided way. Come learn through the eyes of a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student along with peers thinking deeply about understanding student reasoning.

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Participants look at the topic of ratios and proportional relationships as it evolves from sixth to seventh grade as described in the progression document. Tasks are used to illuminate the difference in focus and topics in sixth grade vs. seventh grade. This special unit can be expanded to fill an entire day of study, or used in conjunction with other modules to form a full day.

High School Teachers

Modules geared towards high school teacher audiences.

Reasoning with Student Work, high school

Some of the richest and deepest educator conversations can come from examining student work in a structured and guided way. Come learn through the eyes of a high school student along with peers thinking deeply about understanding student reasoning.

Functions and Modeling

Participants look at the topic of functions and modeling as it is described in the progression document. Tasks are used to illuminate the standards and how they fit into the continuum of modeling tasks. This special unit can be expanded to fill an entire day of study, or used in conjunction with other modules to form a full day.

Other Stake Holders

We want everyone to understand the mathematics taught in school.

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Three Day Conference

A team of IM facilitators at all grade bands in your venue for a conference including a plenary session by Bill McCallum and breakout sessions with grade level experts.

'Instead of half of the class engaged, I have 90% because we're thinking and not just listening to what I'm saying. They’re thinking mathematically, and I see their understanding deepening instead of just learning procedures. They're learning mathematical relationships from these tasks. Each student uses what they know to develop understanding instead of just memorizing.' -previous participant

Length
3
days
Size
100+
participants
Facilitators
IM
team
Price
$350 /participant
* 100 participant minimum
PLC Coaching

Our expert facilitators meet virtually with a grade level or grade band established PLC at your venue. Our facilitators provide coaching and guidance for the PLC and suggest tasks, discuss tasks, and reflect on student work with teacher participants.

'We have been thrilled with the work so far—[the facilitator] is incredibly knowledgeable and the teachers are getting a lot out of the work.' -previous participant

Length
1 hour
every other week
Size
3-10
participants
Facilitators
1
virtually
Price
$550
/session
*at least 10 sessions
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Resources

Materials to assist your understanding of the standards as well as your own creation of professional learning.

Progressions Documents

Published by the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona, the progressions documents tell the story of each domain or conceptual category and how it evolves across grade levels. They give task examples in the margins and look at differences between the way topics develop in different grades.

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Tasks Booklets

All our popular tasks in a hard-copy form for a particular grade level.

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IM PD Materials

For those interested in conducting their own professional development using IM materials, PD modules are available for sale and come with a one-hour training from the module’s author. Many PD modules were developed at the Park City Mathematics Institute Summer Program for Teachers.

Price
$250 /
module

All Grades

Modules designed for participants from any grade level, drawing on a range of examples.

Model with Mathematics

Teachers have been using the word "Model" related to mathematics education for many years. But what is the meaning of "Model with Mathematics" in the Standards for Mathematical Practice? This training looks at different continuum and asks participants to deepen their understanding of modeling by categorizing tasks along different criteria. Prepare to dive into the mathematics!

Wiring the Standards

Mathematics is known for the coherence of the subject, the connections that can be drawn between the material both within grade levels as well as across grade levels. This module asks participants to look deeply at a particular standard and the tasks that illustrate that standard. Then participants are asked to think about content that leads into this topic as well as content that comes from a knowledge of this content. The real learning comes from thinking yourself about these rich connections both across and within grades.

Elementary School Teachers

Modules made with the elementary teacher in mind.

Addition and Subtraction Table Task Sort

Participants in this module will look closely at the first table from the Glossary of the standards, ‘Common Addition and Subtraction Situations.’ Taking tasks from the website, participants will consider the type of situation for each task. This module truly takes the student mathematics at a teacher level as participants are engaging in the work of teaching, determining which task is most suited to get at a particular situation or student need.

Addition and Subtraction Progression

Tracing the mathematical ideas from Kindergarten through fifth grade, this module asks participants to work across grades and think about the mathematics taught in addition and subtraction. Special focus is spent on where strategies and algorithms are introduced, and where fluency is required. Standards are illustrated using student tasks.

Middle School Teachers

Modules most appropriate for the mathematics learned in middle school.

Coming Soon!

High School Teachers

Modules geared towards high school teacher audiences.

Coming Soon!

Other Stake Holders

We want everyone to understand the mathematics taught in school.

Coming Soon!

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