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This course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course. You must have completed Building a Solid Foundation to enroll in Math Concepts.

NOTE: You must commit to all four sessions. This registration will enroll you in all four sessions.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Any teacher, with or without a math background, who is interested in teaching to all aspects of rigor (conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency) using the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics. Teachers must have first successfully completed Building a Solid Foundation.

This four-session course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course and is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the key instructional shifts. As with Building a Solid Foundation, the emphasis will be on helping you develop your own conceptual understanding of core math topics while modeling instructional strategies for the classroom. Research on teaching and learning math will be integrated throughout the course. You will be expected to try out new ideas between each full-day session.

Topics covered include:

  • Number and operations: base 10 and fractions
  • Linear functions
  • Geometry
  • Introduction to statistics

Sessions will take place on the following days:

  • 03/24/2017: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 04/07/2017: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 04/28/2017: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 05/19/2017: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use your conceptual understanding of traditionally taught math topics (such as the algorithm for multiplying fractions and using geometric formulae) to explain the why behind the how
  • Apply new pedagogical strategies for teaching core concepts such as variables, linear functions, perimeter, area, and volume
  • Reflect on your own teaching practice vis-à-vis research on teaching and learning math
  • Use the CCR Standards to inform instruction

Registrants must have completed the Building a Solid Foundation series to enroll.

03/24/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Department of Correction Central Headquarters
50 Maple Street
Milford, MA 01757
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
PDP Eligible: 
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