Mathematics

In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops

Early Childhood & Elementary Mathematics Workshops

Essential Reading Instruction for Grades K-5

Early readers and non-readers alike require effective, research-based instruction to acquire a solid reading foundation. In this workshop, participants investigate the five components of reading instruction:phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Then, they apply these components to essential instructional strategies, including guided reading. Using these strategies, instructors will be equipped to significantly improve their students’ fluency and prepare them for more challenging reading in subsequent grade levels.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Successful Spelling and Word Study Strategies for Grades K-5

This workshop will provide an overview of the developmental stages of spelling and show how touse activities within a student’s developmental level to reinforce spelling patterns and exceptions. This workshopis appropriate for grades K-5, and is a key element to any Language Arts program because of the revived emphasison spelling in the Standards.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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The Collaborative Classroom: Developing Analytical Thinkers in Elementary Reading 2.0

In the complex modern world, the ability to think critically and independently is essential. This workshop explores collaborative techniques such as questioning strategies, literature circles, logic games, and puzzles as techniques for building analytical thinking skills in young learners.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Balancing Act: Teaching Reading Effectively for Grades K-6

With many components contributing to a balanced literacy approach, it is important for educators to have a shared understanding of each component. During this workshop, teachers will probe the different components: guided reading, independent reading, modeling, shared reading, and systematic word study. With this new common understanding, teachers can implement a more effective, consistent reading program.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-6 ELA/English Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Enhancing Guided Reading: Building Firmer Foundations & Improving Individual Assessment for Grades K-6

While most educators have been exposed to approaches for building stronger readers, many have not been given the opportunity to explore methods that utilize these strategies effectively. Participants will review comprehension strategies and discuss how to implement them in ways that engage students and allow for individual assessment. This workshop will provide participants with focused lesson ideas on teaching individual strategies to help students become familiar with them and apply them as they are reading.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-2 and 3-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Enhancing Guided Reading: Building Firmer Foundations & Improving Individual Assessment for Grades K-6

While most educators have been exposed to approaches for building stronger readers, many have not been given the opportunity to explore methods that utilize these strategies effectively. Participants will review comprehension strategies and discuss how to implement them in ways that engage students and allow for individual assessment. This workshop will provide participants with focused lesson ideas on teaching individual strategies to help students become familiar with them and apply them as they are reading.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-2 and 3-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 Hours
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Literacy Centers and Work Stations for Grades K-2 and 3-5

While meeting with a guided reading group, teachers are often challenged to keep other students engaged in independent and shared activities. This workshop explores literacy centers, or workstations, as a key component of balanced literacy programs. Participants will practice constructing activities that are meaningful and aligned with the Standards, avoiding mere busy work. They will explore constructive independent reading and writing activities that require metacognition. Additionally, participants will explore task cards and tiered activities as a means of differentiating instruction.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Reading Foundation Skills for Grades K-5

The ELA Standards pose many new requirements for teaching concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. Instructors will receive many resources that they can use when applying the NJSLS Reading Foundation Skills concepts in the classroom.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Establishing Early Childhood Literacy

Early literacy is what students know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Young children must develop early literacy skills in order to be successful with formal reading and writing in school. This workshop will explore constructive activities that teachers can conduct in their classrooms addressing the following early literacy skills: vocabulary, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. Providing young children with opportunities to develop early literacy skills is important to their success in school, their success in learning to read, and their success in life.

Intended Audience:
Grades PreK-2 Instructors, Reading and Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Secondary Mathematics Workshops

Using the Graphing Calculator to Enhance Mathematics Instruction

In this workshop, participants will take part in discussions and activities that will focus on how the graphing calculator can be integrated into today’s mathematics curriculum. The workshop will begin with the basic graphing calculator functions that promote visualization and conceptual understanding to help students deepen their understanding of mathematics. The Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II activities will demonstrate how the calculator can be integrated into the curriculum to improve students’ thinking skills and empower the mto become more involved in their own learning. Participants need to bring TI-83 or 84 calculators.

Intended Audience:
Grades 8-12 Mathematics Instructors and Curriculum Specialists
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Modeling Algebra: A Deeper Understanding of Assessment of the Standards

This workshop was created to support districts as they take steps to meet the State of New Jersey’sAlgebra 1 graduation requirements. Algebra requires extensive abstract thinking and moves students beyond an emphasis on arithmetic operations to focus on understanding the process by which one arrives at an answer. In order to be successful on the Algebra 1 NJSLA, students need to be proficient with multiple re presentations, have the ability to reason logically, and apply the math in context. During this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to dig deeper into the major Algebra 1 Standards, focusing on teaching concepts in connection rather than in isolation. Next, the participants will explore lessons and engage in student-centered activities that integrate multiple Algebra topics. Finally, participants will learn strategies, using samples of NJSLA’s Type I, II and III items, to provide logical Standards-based instruction while preparing students to meet expectations on the Algebra 1 NJSLA Assessment.

Intended Audience:
Algebra I Mathematics Instructors, Instructional Coaches, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Application of the Algebra II Standards in the 21st Century Classroom

In order for students to be successful in the 21st Century, learning must focus on application and deeper thinking about material presented. Those skills that will help students be successful in the world must be directly instructed and practiced. A deep dive of the NJSLS Math standards will be conducted during this workshop, with a focus on the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical-thinking). Participants will engage in hands on activities as they work with sample questions using best practices. The importance of connecting standards to one another and to real world scenarios is emphasized as well.

Intended Audience:
Algebra II Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
6-8 hours
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Application of the Geometry Standards in the 21st Century Classroom

In order for students to be successful in the 21st Century, learning must focus on application and deeper thinking about material presented. Those skills that will help students be successful in the world must be directly instructed and practiced. A deep dive of the NJSLS Math standards will be conducted during this workshop, with a focus on the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical-thinking). Participants will engage in hands on activities as they work with sample questions using best practices. The importance of connecting standards to one another and to real world scenarios is emphasized as well.

Intended Audience:
Geometry Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
6-8 hours
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Application of the Algebra I Standards in the 21st Century Classroom

In order for students to be successful in the 21st Century, learning must focus on application and deeper thinking about material presented. Those skills that will help students be successful in the world must be directly instructed and practiced. A deep dive of the Algebra 1 standards will be conducted during this workshop, with a focus on the 4 C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical-thinking). Participants will engage in hands on activities as they work with sample questions using best practices. The importance of connecting standards to one another and to real world scenarios is emphasized as well.

Intended Audience:
Algebra I Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
6-8 hours
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Using Math Manipulatives in the Secondary Classroom for Grades 6-8 and HS

In this workshop, teachers will hone their use of manipulatives in the mathematics classroom.Coupled with visuals to represent concrete models, manipulatives serve as the catalyst to move students from concrete to representational to abstract conceptual understanding of topics, such as computations with integers and polynomial expressions, factoring polynomial expressions, applying the distributive property, and completing the square.

Intended Audience:
Grades 6-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Creating Comprehensive Student-Centered Lessons in Middle School Math

Meeting the Mathematics Standards requires a deep understanding of the skills and concepts addressed in each standard. A thorough discussion of how to incorporate worked examples, follow-upactivities, independent practice, extensions, and checks for understanding in daily instructional lessons will take place. Participants will be assigned the roles of students on grade level, below grade level, or above grade level during each lesson. While engaged in each lesson, participants will recognize effective strategies for differentiation and monitoring. A work session will be provided for participants to create comprehensive, student-based lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring classroom resources to use during the work session.Templates for all activities and support documents will be provided.

Intended Audience:
Grade 6-8 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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K-12 Mathematics Workshops

Blended Learning and Flipping the Mathematics Classroom

Participants will learn how to transform their mathematics classrooms into inquiry-based, problem-solving zones rather than lecture zones. This workshop equips educators with skills to implement simple yet valuable forms of blended learning. Participants will examine different models of flipped teaching and how these address the requirements of the NJSLS Mathematics. They will then develop lesson plans for their classrooms.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Application of the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 Math Standards in the 21st Century Classroom

In order for students to be successful in the 21st Century, learning must focus on application and deeper thinking about material presented. Those skills that will help students be successful in the world must be directly instructed and practiced. A deep dive of the NJSLS Math standards will be conducted during this workshop, with a focus on the 4 C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical-thinking). Participants will engage in hands on activities as they work with sample questions using best practices. The importance of connecting standards to one another and to real world scenarios is emphasized as well.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Mathematics Instructors (by grade or by grade level cluster), Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
3-8 hours
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Teaching to the Rigor of the NJSLS in Mathematics

Teaching to the rigor of the NJSLS in Mathematics will require instructional changes in the classroom. This workshop will discuss higher-order questioning techniques, methods for choosing carefully planned examples, models for collecting daily student data, examples of differentiation, and formative/summative assessment strategies. All of these are designed to meet the rigorous expectations of the NJSLS. Participants will experience the rigor of the Standards through student-centered activities and will have opportunities to createNJSLA Type I, II and III items for their classrooms. Participants are encouraged to bring classroom resources to use for creating items. Templates and support documents will be provided.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 or High School Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Modeling in Mathematics

The Standards in Mathematics require modeling to ensure conceptual understanding of the topics taught in each grade level. The instructional strategies and models that coincide with each standard have been identified and are embedded within the Standards. A thorough discussion of the specificity of the Standards will take place with support documents provided. Number lines, fraction models, arrays, and area models are just a few of the models that will be demonstrated through student-centered activities. Templates for the activities will be provided. High school participants need to bring graphing calculators.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 or Grades 6-8 or High School Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2.5-3 hours
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Eight Mathematical Practices

This workshop will present the eight Standards for mathematical practice that describe the habits of mind employed by proficient users of mathematics. Participants will explore the progressions within the NJSLS for Mathematics and how they connect key concepts for students across the grades. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of the relationship between the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Standards for Mathematical Content through hands-on experiences. Throughout the workshop, participants will gain a stronger understanding of the eight mathematical practices and how they look in the classroom.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-5 or Grades 6-8 or High School Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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NJSLA Mathematics Workshops

Integrating NJSLA into Daily Instruction for Math

The best form of test preparation is when it is integrated into daily instruction. This workshop provides the concepts and materials that instructors need in order to provide seamless Standards-based instruction that also prepares students to perform at their personal best on the NJSLA. Concepts presented during this workshop include implementing instructional resources from NJSLA, using NJSLA’s rubrics, constructingNJSLA-like items, using companion texts, and creating NJSLA-like “Do Nows.” Instructors will leave the workshop with a large repertoire of ideas and activities that they can employ in the class the very next day.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Targeted and Effective NJSLA Strategies for Math

Once instructors have a thorough understanding of Type I, II and III items, they should transition to the most effective and targeted instructional approaches possible. This workshop begins with an overview of the Standards and item types in relation to the possible points for each type. Next, the presenter will suggest specific activities and lessons for each of NJSLA’s constructs. Lastly, the presenter and participants will discuss expected challenges and suggestions for how to provide intervention strategies for each item and students’ needs.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Creating NJSLA-Like Assessments for Mathematics

During this workshop, participants will analyze a selected math Standard and design a NJSLA-like test that measures understanding as specified in the Standards. Participants will construct NJSLA-like Type I, II, and III items, and corresponding answer keys with rubrics. The participants will design the test blueprints, identifying when, where, why and how the test will be used in the curriculum.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Analyzing NJSLA Evidence Statements and Performance Level Summaries

Educators will find value in analyzing NJSLA’s Evidence Statements coupled with their DistrictPerformance Level Summaries. During this workshop, educator teams are led through an evaluation of their own district reports in order to conduct an item analysis of outliers, consider each grade’s performance in relation ship to state results by identifying the lowest performing cohorts, and, most importantly, create a plan to address their findings. At the conclusion of this workshop, educators will have a thorough understanding of the documents, along with a plan to address curriculum holes, and individual and cohort needs.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Assuring Success on NJSLA Mathematics

Participants in this NJSLA mathematics workshop will explore the Standards through small group discussions and student-centered activities. These discussions and activities will emphasize the major test clusters and provide a clear understanding of how each will be assessed on NJSLA’s Performance Tasks. Workshop attendees will receive lesson plans and resources to take back to their classrooms to prepare their students for the challenges NJSLA presents.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Reasoning in Mathematics- Type II Items (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and HS)

The Standards in Mathematics require evidence of reasoning to ensure conceptual understanding of the topics taught in each grade level. Type II tasks on the Performance Based Assessment call for written arguments/justifications, critiques of reasoning, and precision in mathematical statements. A thorough discussion of the specificity of the Standards will take place with support documents provided. Teaching reasoning in mathematics will require instructional changes in the classroom. Participants will experience a variety of instructional strategies for teaching reasoning through student-centered activities, along with effective questioning techniques. Task specific rubrics will be modeled and discussed. A work session will be provided for participants to create Type II items. Participants are encouraged to bring classroom resources to use during the work session. Templates for all activities and support documents will be provided.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Preparing Students for Type I Items in Mathematics

Type I items in mathematics assess students’ abilities in application and fluency. Each Type I item is designed with a particular Standard and mathematical practice in mind. This workshop reviews the grade-levelStandards addressed and provides activities and resources participants can use directly in their classrooms.Districts and schools can select from a variety of grade-level configurations (3-5, 3-8, 6-8, 6-11, and HS).Materials and activities are tailored to address students’ grade levels.

Intended Audience:
Grades 3-12 Mathematics Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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