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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.

This four-session course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course and is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) 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 such as algebraic thinking while modeling instructional hands on strategies for the classroom. Algebraic thinking is essential for decision making in daily life and the workplace (Building on Foundations for Success report, 2011). Topics covered include:

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

The concepts addressed in this course cover the domains of the math CCRSAE: Operations and Algebraic thinking, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics/Probability. 

Sessions will take place on the following days:

  • 2/9/18: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • 3/2/18: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • 3/16/18: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • 4/13/18: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.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 such as visualizing and utilizing manipulatives 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 CCRSAE to inform instruction

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

02/09/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
03/02/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
03/16/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
04/13/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Berkshire Community College, South County Center
343 Main Street
Great Barrington,, MA 01230
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Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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