Through this professional development, participants will:
- Strengthen their understanding of relationships between arithmetic and algebraic reasoning
- Understand how the Standards for Mathematical Practice support algebraic reasoning
- Increase their ability to identify, describe, and foster algebraic reasoning in students
- Prepare and enact lessons that will help students develop a conceptual understanding of algebraic ideas while engaging in the Standards for Mathematical Practice
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Two-day teacher workshops with flexible dates are available for school or district teams of up to 35 people. WestEd mathematics educators and researchers will collaborate with you to plan, customize, and facilitate sessions at your school, district, or regional site.
Our facilitators structure sessions around Learning and Teaching Linear Functions: Video Cases for Mathematics Professional Development. These video cases engage teachers in mathematics tasks, analysis of classroom video clips, discussions, readings, and tasks designed as a bridge to teachers’ practice.
What Makes This Service Unique
Three independent research studies evaluated* the video case materials that structure these workshops. They reported that the materials can:
- Create a professional culture for teachers in which they reflect upon mathematical ideas and students’ thinking and learning of mathematics
- Improve a teacher’s understanding of the ideas involved in teaching linear functions, and
- Improve teachers’ content knowledge and their ability to interpret classroom practice.
WestEd mathematics educators and researchers with more than 20 years of experience in mathematics teaching and professional development will collaborate with you to plan, customize, and facilitate sessions at your school, district, or regional site.
* LTLF Project Evaluation: Heck, D. J. (2003). Measuring teacher knowledge in mathematics professional development using embedded assessments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
* Turning to the Evidence Study (NSF): Goldsmith, L. T., Seago, N., Driscoll, M. J., Nikula, J., & Blasi, Z. (2006, April). Turning to the evidence: Examining the impact of two practice-based professional development programs. Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
* Linear Functions for Teaching Efficacy Study (IES): Seago, N., Carroll, C., Hanson, T., & Schneider, S. (2014). The impact of learning and teaching linear functions professional development. In Proceedings of the 38th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vancouver, BC.
The two-day teacher workshop, including all accompanying materials and facilitator travel and expenses, cost $10,000 per site for up to 35 participants.
To learn more, please get in touch with WestEd’s Angela Knotts at 650.381.6408 or email@example.com.