Recent Blog Posts
Starting to Dance: A Professional Development Turning Point
Posted on Jan 18, 2018
  • Erin Pzinski
Tags
  • General Education
  • letrs
  • Professional Development
Starting to Dance: A Professional Development Turning Point

LETRS professional development determined my course as an educator, allowing me to be part of a successful professional learning community that is constantly improving the instruction for students in this rural Wyoming town.

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Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2

There are many commonly proposed solutions to the shortage of qualified teachers for secondary students who are struggling in math or have learning disabilities. These solutions are expensive, complex, and they will take considerable time to implement. Many of them have been with us for years and have yet to be seriously implemented. So, what can be done in the short term?

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Where Are the Math Teachers?
Posted on Nov 16, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers?

At the heart of today’s challenge is finding a sufficient number of new teachers who have three distinct qualifications: 1) a sufficient content knowledge of mathematics, 2) a reasonable level of teaching or “pedagogical” knowledge of the subject, and 3) a capacity to differentiate instruction for struggling students. Finding all of these qualifications in one individual is rare, and the data confirm this.

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Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math

American educators have a well-honed way of thinking about curriculum. Typically, district committees compare and then adopt a curriculum to meet specific goals or guidelines. More recently, curriculum adoption in math has been driven by state or national standards.

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Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?
Posted on May 24, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?

Is there a more efficient way to begin PD or coaching, one where the teachers’ needs are more common than they are divergent? Can this be done in a way that is nonthreatening, at least in comparison to in-class coaching with feedback?

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How Should Principals Take the Lead on Math Professional Development?
Posted on May 10, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
How Should Principals Take the Lead on Math Professional Development?

Where does a principal start today in a world awash with new teachers, many of whom struggle to teach to state or national standards? As co-authors of the K-8 mathematics professional development program, NUMBERS, Michele Douglass, Mary Stroh and I have done a lot of thinking about how principals can orchestrate successful change.

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