Powerful Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics
Presented by Beatrice Moore Luchin
Specifically Designed for Mathematics Educators Serving Grades 3-8: Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Title I Staff, Mathematics Specialists, Mathematics Coaches, Special Education Staff, and Interventionists
- Highly practical strategies and activities to narrow the achievement gap in grades 3-8 mathematics
- Use multiple forms of assessment to inform instruction in the essential components of mathematics
- Differentiate mathematics instruction to focus on Title I students, English language learners, special education students, and ethnically diverse students to dramatically improve mathematics results
- Specific methods for structuring your mathematics curriculum to make it more accessible for ALL your students
- Model lessons, demonstrations and an extensive resource handbook packed with dozens of practical ideas, strategies and activities that will support you in your efforts to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics in grades 3-8
Practical Ideas and Strategies
This NEW seminar will focus on specific strategies that will help you narrow the achievement gap in mathematics in grades 3-8 classrooms. Master teacher and national mathematics consultant, Bea Moore Luchin, will provide you with a wealth of classroom-proven intervention strategies in mathematics for all your students who have fallen behind in mathematics. These students can include students who are ethnically diverse, students with disabilities, Title I students, and English language learners.
Bea will share highly practical ideas to actively engage students who are struggling in mathematics and are falling behind. She will highlight the importance of ongoing classroom assessment to help accelerate learning in mathematics. She will spotlight the best, current methods for teaching the essential elements of mathematics. In addition, Bea’s approach will give you the flexibility to implement these key practices in whole group or small group, push-in or pull-out, or in after school programs.
Narrowing the achievement gap in mathematics should be top priority for any school that has a diverse student population. Ideally, of course, this should be a team effort, which includes parents, administrators, support staff, and most importantly, classroom teachers. However, for the purpose of this seminar, Bea will focus on what the classroom teacher can do to accelerate the learning of students who are ethnically diverse, students with disabilities, students who are learning English, students in Title I, and others who have fallen behind in mathematics.
You will leave this not-to-be missed seminar with valuable strategies for helping all your students reach high expectations in mathematics, a renewed sense of motivation and an indispensable resource handbook filled with mathematics-building materials that will support your efforts when you return to your classroom.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Accelerate the Math Achievement of Your Struggling Students Who are Ethnically Diverse, Learning English or Who Come from a Low Socioeconomic Background
Specific strategies and methods you can use immediately to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics … Learn practical ways for structuring your mathematics curriculum to help develop cultural congruence in instruction
- Incorporate Intervention Strategies that Promote Meaningful Participation in Grades 3-8
Discover innovative, cooperative mathematics activities that will help your struggling students strengthen their learning in mathematics … Instructional approaches that are flexible enough to appeal to individual students’ interests and abilities
- Build in Frequent Assessment of Student Progress with Multiple Opportunities for Improvement
Learn powerful, easy-to-use methods for engaging students who are struggling in formative, summative and diagnostic forms of assessment … Provide students with the opportunity to assess their own learning and monitor and regulate their learning strategies
- Strengthen Long-Term Retention in Mathematics
Students who have fallen behind in mathematics need help with the retention of critical math facts … Discover how to design classroom discussions, homework assignments and classroom assessments that offer the opportunity for practice at retrieval
- Narrow the Gap by Varying the Conditions of Learning
Learn the advantages of providing differing types of math problems and alternative solution strategies so that conceptual understanding is enhanced … How to adapt your curriculum to make it more accessible for your students who have fallen behind in mathematics
- Build on Your Students’ Prior Knowledge and Experiences to Improve Results
Help your students construct mathematical knowledge by building on their experience and prior knowledge … Influence how students interpret new information and decide what aspects of the information are relevant
- Maximize Time for Learning Mathematics
Create a learner-centered environment that allows learning opportunities to be better matched to your students’ learning styles, developmental needs and cultural differences … Ready-to-use ideas for using the limited time you have for maximum benefit
- Motivate Your Students Who are Struggling by Providing Systematic Feedback
Apply specific strategies that will help you become more aware of your students’ common errors and misconceptions … How to provide your students with specific feedback on homework assignments, tests and projects
- Collect and Analyze Important Student Data More Effectively
A key step in narrowing the achievement gap in mathematics revolves around careful analysis of student data … Learn specific methods for the collection and analysis of student data to improve the ability of your students who are falling behind to meet the high standards that are expected of them
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook Packed with Specific Ideas for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics
Model lessons, step-by-step instruction, engaging activities, and much more … All designed to help you narrow the achievement gap in mathematics in grades 3-8
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Practical strategies for implementing active learning and problem‑based learning to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics
- Ways to differentiate instruction in mathematics to help your students who are falling behind
- Easy-to-use techniques that facilitate students’ mathematical and verbal reasoning
- How to develop skills for problem solving from both abstract and concrete situations, as in deductive and inductive reasoning
- Realistic ideas for designing lessons that are inclusive of sensitivity to multiple contexts and perspectives
- Outstanding strategies that strengthen your ability to collect, access and manage student data in mathematics
- Specific techniques to help students who are falling behind acquire basic facts – quickly
- How to use the process of consolidation for new information to become part of long-term memory
- Realistic ideas to ensure that learning is “deep” and goes beyond the simple ability to parrot information or to explain concepts at a surface level
- Practical suggestions to attain transferability … The ability to make connections to skills learned in one context and transfer those skills to another context
- Work smarter, not harder – classroom-proven techniques that strengthen mathematical learning for knowledge acquisition, comprehension and understanding in the classroom
- Improve students’ key socialization strategies that include exploring, articulating and debating important mathematics concepts/skills and personal attitudes and beliefs
- Innovative ideas based on current pedagogical research for knowledge acquisition in mathematics
- How to use inquiry-based instructional techniques to draw out a student’s assumptions and use them as the building blocks for the construction of new knowledge
- Practical tips for creating authentic learning situations that emphasize the role of collaborative learning and social interaction that promote the ability and willingness to persist with difficult problems
- Easy-to-use strategies that focus on the use of multiple representations to promote understanding of mathematics concepts, develop language skills and promote use of algorithms
- Practical tips for maximizing the time devoted in the classroom to mathematics instruction
- Innovative ideas on how to use support and facilitate collaborative data analysis meetings
- Practical suggestions on how and when to use multiple assessment tools
- Outstanding instructional strategies that address different learning styles, developmental needs and cultural differences while teaching mathematics in grades 3-8
A Message from Your Seminar Leader
I have spent a significant part of 30 years in mathematics education working in schools and with students where the top priority has been to close the achievement gap. With much study, practical applications as a teacher, supervisor and mathematics coach, I have developed an extensive knowledge base of what works and what doesn’t work. I have focused this new seminar on the most effective ideas, strategies and activities that actually do work to help the students who are falling behind catch up.
With more emphasis on data collection through a variety of options that include state assessments, national standardized tests, district benchmarks, and classroom tests, it is increasingly important that we are able to design and conduct instruction and assessment in the classroom that are aligned to state standards. Of course, the challenge facing us in the classroom is to accommodate the individual and collective needs and abilities of the student population served. We must ensure that classroom assessments clearly and accurately provide information that can be used to determine a student’s understanding and knowledge of mathematics concepts, skills and ability to apply them in problem solving situations. Additionally, in order to close the achievement gap, a variety of instructional strategies, research-based decision-making processes, parent involvement outreach, and assessment techniques must be identified, embraced and used.
This seminar is designed to provide you with practical strategies and research-based ideas that target closing the achievement gap. My focus is to provide you with intervention strategies, easy-to-use and classroom-tested activities that model effective cooperative grouping techniques, effective use and design of individual and group assessments, and integration of teaching and learning strategies that address learning modalities, styles and cultural differences.
Please join me for a day devoted to strengthening mathematics instruction in grades 3-8 and closing the achievement gap. My personal goal will be to provide each participant with concrete ideas and strategies designed to ensure that ALL our students become successful in mathematics.
Beatrice Moore Luchin
P.S. I promise that you will leave with practical strategies that you can use immediately in your classroom. I will also do my best to make the day productive and enjoyable.
Who Should Attend
Mathematics Educators serving Grades 3-8: Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Title I Staff, Mathematics Specialists, Mathematics Coaches, Special Education Staff, and Interventionists.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook:
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook, Powerful Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics (Grades 3-8), specifically designed by Beatrice Moore Luchin for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- A wide variety of effective instructional practices with practical applications in mathematics
- Ideas for student motivation
- Concrete suggestions on how to integrate and align diagnostic, formative and summative assessment into daily instruction in order to accommodate state standards and assessments
- Information on best practices and current research on improving students’ success in mathematics
- Specific strategies on how to use student achievement data to support instructional decision making
- Blackline masters of activities designed to promote the development of mathematics concepts, communication skills and problem solving abilities
- References/bibliography of professional articles and resources
Meet and Share:
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators who want to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics in grades 3-8.
Beatrice Moore Luchin will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
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