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2015-2016 Mathematics Workshops

For High School Teachers

directed by Joseph G. Rosenstein


Overview:

Would you like to:
- Better prepare your students for New Jersey's statewide assessments?

- Engage your students in the lessons that you teach?
- Learn more mathematics content that is relevant to your classroom?
- Incorporate standards-based hands-on activities that motivate your students?
- Relate what you are doing in the classroom to "real world" applications?

THE RUTGERS DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS and DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) are offering twenty-five, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for high school math teachers during the 2015-2016 school year. These workshops address a broad range of topics that are applicable to all curricula taught by grades 9-12 teachers of mathematics.

There are workshops on every area of high school mathematics -- algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics -- as well as cross-content workshops on mathematics instruction and applications.

All workshops are connected to the New Jersey's state standards in mathematics. All of these workshops will help you better prepare students for the statewide assessments and provide the resources and knowledge that you need to generate new and exciting standards-based lessons.

All workshops are full-day workshops at which participants will earn six (6) professional development hours. All workshops will take place on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Participants may attend single or multiple workshops in any order.

The fee for each full-day workshop is $195 (except for the March 18 Precalculus Conference and the summer programs). Discounts are available for multiple registrations on a single purchase order.

Although some workshops address overlapping issues, teachers who attend multiple workshops will benefit from experiencing the different approaches workshop leaders have to helping students meet the challenges of the state standards and assessments. Our instructors are among the most experienced and respected workshop leaders in the state. The workshop topics are based on feedback and recommendations from New Jersey teachers and administrators.

You will leave these workshops with valuable tools to motivate your students, stimulate their curiosity, and promote a more positive attitude towards mathematics.


Workshop Titles (in chronological order):
(scroll down for workshop descriptions in alphabetical order)

 
 
  • Block Scheduling: Problems and Solutions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (Code: W-11-18-15)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 (Code: W-11-19-15)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz

  • Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders, Grades K-12
    Date: Friday, November 20, 2015 (Code: W-11-20-15)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

  • Setting up a Math Lab Using Geometer’s Sketchpad
    Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (Code: W-12-02-15)
    Presenter: Anita Schuloff


  • Mathematics, Money, Standards, and the Quality of Life, Grades 9-12
    Date: Friday, December 4, 2015 (Code: W-12-04-15)
    Presenter: Liz Marquez and Paul Westbrook

  • Major Themes of Statistics in the Math Standards, Grades 9-12
    Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (Code: W-12-09-15)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Introduction to Geometer's SketchPad, Grades 7-12
    Date: Friday, January 8, 2016 (Code: W-01-08-16)
    Presenter: Anita Schuloff


  • How to Use Standards Based Grading and Feedback to Improve Student Learning, Grades 7-12
    Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 (Code: W-01-15-16)
    Presenter: Ronald Wence


  • Empowering Students Who Ask, "When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math?," Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (Code: W-01-19-16)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


  • A Visual Approach to Algebra, Grades 6-10
    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 (Code: W-01-25-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Calculus -- The Real Thing, Grades 11-12
    Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 (Code: W-01-29-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • A Visual Approach to Geometry, Grades 6-10
    Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016 (Code: W-02-04-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Writing PARCC-Like Questions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (Code: W-02-16-16)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala

  • Alternative Assessments and Projects Designed to Enhance the Thinking Needed for the New Standards, Grades 9-12
    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (Code: W-02-17-16)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • All Students Need Statistics! Are You Prepared to Teach Them Under the New Standards, Grades 8-12
    Date: Friday, February 19, 2016 (Code: W-02-19-16)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • Integrating Algebra and Geometry, Grades 6-10
    Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Code: W-02-25-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Instructional Strategies to Meet the New Standards for Middle and High School Mathematics, Grades 7-10
    Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016 (Code: W-03-03-16)
    Presenter: Deborah Ives


  • Mathematical Forensics: Solving Crimes Using Mathematics, Grades 10-12
    Date: Friday, March 4, 2016 (Code: W-03-04-16)
    Presenter: Eugene Fiorini


  • How to Break into the World of (Mathematical) Modeling, Grades 8-11
    Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 (Code: W-03-11-16)
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi


  • Precalculus Conference: Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus and….
    Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 (Code: PRECALC-16)
    Audience: Grade 9-14 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    A dynamic, annual, one-day conference for teachers and supervisors of high school mathematics, now in its 30th year. Attend up to 4 sessions on diverse topics, plus a sharing session and plenary session. Take some really good ideas back to the classroom! For more information, see conference website – http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/precalc-conf/


  • Thinking about Calculus before "Calculus", Grades 9-12
    Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 (Code: W-03-25-16)
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi


  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT!, Grades 9-12
    Date: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Code: W-04-08-16)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


  • Making Connections with the Real World in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Classrooms, Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (Code: W-04-12-16)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala

  • Precalculus and Astronomy: A Match Made in the Heavens!, Grades 10-12
    Date: Monday, April 18, 2016 (Code: W-04-18-16)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg


  • Physics for Math Teachers, Grades 9-12
    Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 (Code: W-04-25-16)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg

  • Probability 101, Grades 7-12
    Date: Friday, April 29, 2016 (Code: W-04-29-16)
    Presenter: Joseph Rosenstein

  • New Jersey Mathematics Standards and Assessments in Algebra, Grades 8-12
    Date: A Three Day Summer Institute offered in two Sections:
    Section 1: June 27-29, 2016 (the dates in the printed brochure are incorrect)
    Section 2: August 2-4, 2016
    Presenter: Deborah Ives
    Fee: $495




Workshop Descriptions (in alphabetical order):

  • All Students Need Statistics! Are You Prepared to Teach Them Under the New Standards?

    Date: Friday, February 19, 2016 (Code: W-02-19-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Neil D. Cooperman
    Audience: Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    New Jersey's Mathematics Standards require all students to know the equivalent of three-quarters of a course in AP Statistics. Students will be called upon to demonstrate their knowledge of statistics on the assessments administered during the 2014-2015 school year.  Incoming freshmen, and possibly the current rising sophomores, will be the first assessed. Are you and your students ready? Do you have the knowledge and the pedagogical tools necessary to meet this expectation? This hands-on workshop will serve as an introduction and overview of what you need to know about Statistics and New Jersey's Matheamtics Standards and how you can teach it so your students will be prepared.

  • Alternative Assessments and Projects Designed to Enhance the Thinking Needed for the New Standards

    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (Code: W-02-17-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Neil D. Cooperman
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Teachers of Geometry, Algebra, and Precalculus

    Classroom learning has traditionally focused on basic content and skill acquisition and the ability to apply that knowledge to typical problem solving situations.  New Jersey's standards, with its focus on narrowing the number of topics required and increasing the expected depth of comprehension, requires students to demonstrate their understanding at the deepest levels.  This session will provide you with multiple projects that will stimulate your students’ thinking at the levels demanded by the standards. Participants will learn about a variety of projects that they can use in their Geometry, Algebra, and Precalculus classes, and they will have hands-on opportunities to try some of them.  

  • Block Scheduling: Problems and Solutions, Grades 6-12

    Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (Code: W-11-18-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    There are numerous and varied scheduling designs that accommodate students’ needs. This workshop will explore the variety of Block designs, their corresponding advantages/disadvantages, and strategies that will likely maximize their effectiveness. We will explore some of those more effective strategies/techniques that ultimately will help maximize student learning. Sample lessons will be provided and sharing among participants will be encouraged.

  • Calculus -- The Real Thing

    Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 (Code: W-01-29-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia,
    Audience: High School Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Calculus is about mathematical ideas and not about just following algebraic procedures.  This workshop will pursue that intent and thus allow teachers and students to shift the frequent emphasis from emphasizing skills to a focus on relational mathematics.  The bridge to those concepts will use real problems that connect to students’ life experiences.  The embedded calculus ideas will be presented – with events, pictures and words.   Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on in-class Assessments in AP and Non-AP classes as well as on the Advanced Placement Test.
    Attending this workshop will help teachers to

    • Better align their instruction to the goals of learning calculus concepts
    • Explore the meaning of Calculus algebraically, graphically, and numerically
    • Identify the tasks and materials for that learning
    • Help prepare a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for a Non-AP Calculus course
    • Create equitable access to talented students that appear to struggle initially with advanced courses

    Appropriate technology and software will be used. Bring your graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • Empowering Students Who Ask, “When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math?”

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2015 (Code: W-01-19-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    When Math is presented as a life skill that broadens career choice and inspires critical thinking, students embrace the learning of reasoning and problem-solving skills while building confidence and persistence. While many students will not major in science or engineering in college, all students benefit from the challenge and discipline of Math. This positive attitude can help teachers, administrators and students to meet the challenges of ‘teaching to the test’ by viewing it as an opportunity to address common errors and misunderstandings without formally reviewing. In fact, the comparison of multiple choice answers can help students to “think on their feet” while increasing accuracy, logic and frustration tolerance skills – assets in high school, college and the workplace. Worksheets will cover common secondary content incorporating HSPA and SAT content (including algebra, geometry, trig and precalc) and will use multiple representations and technology to appeal to diverse learning styles creating a path to success for all.

  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT!

    Date: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Code: W-04-08-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: High School Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    The speaker retook the SAT in 2009 (after 29 years) to relive studying and test taking, fill gaps in her education, and relate better to students' experiences.  In this workshop, we will dive into SAT problems and  use actual College Board material including ACCUPLACER placement tests plus items from the ACT and TASC (new GED) to ensure the content exposure that students need to successfully complete high school and/or avoid remediation.   We will also discuss and profile examples of the new SAT scheduled for 2016 and show how improvement on the SAT can help students (and adults alike) gain a new outlook and self-identity.

  • How to Break into the World of (Mathematical) Modeling

    Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 (Code: W-03-11-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi
    Audience: High School Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    You have what it takes to join the world of mathematical modeling!  Modeling with mathematics is a multistep process that involves students in rich contexts that use key knowledge and skills.  AP Calculus, the redesigned SAT for 2016, and the Common Core Standards all make the process of mathematical modeling one of their central themes.  To prepare students for the wide variety of modeling contexts they will see on their future assessments,  you can give modeling a more prominent role in your curriculum in grades 8 -11.  Have students create representations for contexts, consider the units involved, attend to the meaning of quantities, use different properties of operations and objects to draw conclusions - and get immersed in the real world in the process.  Joining the world of modeling is easier than you think, and valuable to your students – we'll look at hands-on activities in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and Precalculus.

  • How to Use Standards Based Grading and Feedback to Improve Student Learning

    Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 (Code: W-01-15-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Ronald Wence, Assistant Principal, Roncocas Valley Regional High School
    Audience: Grades 7-12 Mathematics Teachers and Administrators

    Grading to Standards is the key to transforming your students from passive recipients of knowledge to active participants in their own learning. Grading to Standards provides a framework where students partner with their teachers to achieve daily learning goals. Students gain immediate feedback allowing them to identify for themselves areas of strength as well as those skills in need of improvement. By requiring learners to take responsibility for their own success, Grading to Standards teaches students to persevere until achieving mastery of a skill. This session is designed to help educators implement standards based grading within their current grading system. Each participant will be guided in creating a set of local standards for their course. Big ideas will be identified and an overall assessment system that provides better feedback will be developed. Participants will learn how to develop high quality assessments that measure a student's depth of knowledge, are easy to grade and provide criterion-based feedback to both the student and the teacher. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to come as a team and to bring a textbook for the course they would like to work on.

  • Instructional Strategies to Meet New Math Standards for Middle and High School Mathematics

    Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016 (Code: W-03-03-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Deborah Ives, Assistant Professor, Montclair University
    Audience: Grades 7-10 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Come learn the new CCSS by engaging in a hands-on look at lessons and performance tasks with instructional strategies that focus on algebraic reasoning and sense making for middle and high school students.  Real world applications, including Hip Hop Music, Fashion Design, Videogaming, Special Effects, Restaurants, and Basketball will be provided through PBS/WNET fully-funded and Emmy Nominated multimedia resources that help students and teachers meet the new Common Core State Standards and Assessment expectations.

  • Integrating Algebra and Geometry

    Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Code: W-02-25-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    So… you are teaching an Algebra class this year and you are thinking of integrating some Geometry into it; or, you are teaching a Geometry class and expect to integrate some algebra into it; or, you are teaching both Algebra and Geometry classes and you are wondering if there is a DIMACS workshop out there that will help unify both. Well, that is the intent of this workshop – to provide helpful techniques, strategies, and numerous lessons that help attain that goal. A major thrust will include the idea of visualizing the connections – from pattern recognition to modeling transformations, with applications that will help realize the integration. Join us in helping to bring about this unification for yourself.

  • Introduction to Geometer’s SketchPad

    Date: Friday, January 8, 2016 (Code: W-01-08-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Anita Schuloff, Paramus Catholic High School
    Audience: Beginning teachers of Grades 7-12 or those just starting to use Geometer’s Sketchpad

    Geometer’s Sketchpad is dynamic software that can be used in any mathematics class from grades 7 through 12. This workshop will show you how to use the icons and menu keys to construct geometric shapes, plot graphs, calculate slopes, measure lengths, areas and perimeters. No experience is necessary, but bring a laptop with Sketchpad loaded and a mouse. You will be given files to download so that you can use this software immediately.

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions

    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 (Code: W-11-19-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Asking questions such as “Is that your final answer?”, “How do you know?”  and “Easy, Medium, Hard?” encourages students to increase their self-awareness along with their math confidence, performance, and comprehension.  This workshop will include CCSS Standards especially #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) and #6 (attend to precision).  We will design and demo inquiries using PARCC samples and other released items to inspire classroom dialogue, lesson plans and student learning.

  • Major Themes of Statistics in the Math Standards

    Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (Code: W-12-09-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Mathematics is about ideas and not just juggling numbers and letters. Statistics (Data Analysis) should pursue that same intent. This workshop will allow teachers and students to shift the typical emphasis from following number recipes to a focus on statistical concepts. The bridge to those concepts will use real data, experiments, and simulations. The embedded ideas will be explained – with pictures and words. Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC & AP Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards. Appropriate technology and software will be used. Bring your graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • Making Connections with the Real World in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Classrooms

    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (Code: W-04-12-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Understanding mathematics in the real world help students to develop an appreciation for mathematics.  Teachers will review real world problem sets, labs that simulate real world experiences, and learn to take real world situations and develop their own problems.  STEM lessons using topics from Algebra 1, Geometry, and / or Algebra 2 will also be provided. It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and graphing calculators.

  • Mathematical Forensics: Solving Crimes Using Mathematics

    Date: Friday, March 4, 2016 (Code: W-03-04-16)
    Presenter: Eugene Fiorini, DIMACS
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    This workshop outlines some of the mathematical methods used by forensic mathematicians to solve crimes. Teachers will be introduced to several activities that apply Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus to crime solving techniques. Some of the concepts used in the forensics activities include basic properties of probability; measuring the angle of impact using the inverse sine; law of sines to determine point of impact; exponential functions to determine time of death; ratio and proportion to determine characteristics such as height, weight, and gender of a person of interest; and basic graph theory and algorithms to identify and match fingerprints. Project ideas will be presented that demonstrate how students can collect and analyze their own data as well as develop and use their own forensics tools. The workshop will conclude with participants asked to solve a fake, staged crime scene using the techniques that were discussed earlier in the day. Teachers will be given materials and instruction on how to stage their own crime scene to test students' understanding of the material. This workshop addresses the following Common Core Standards: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data; Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions; Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability; Using Probability to Make Decisions; Reasoning with Equations & Inequalities; Seeing Structure in Expressions; Modeling with Geometry; Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry.

  • Mathematics, Money, Standards, and the Quality of Life

    Date: Friday, December 4, 2015 (Code: W-12-04-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Liz Marquez and Paul Westbrook
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    How to teach to the math content and the math practice standards in a way that engages students in building their mathematical and financial literacy. College costs, potential career earnings, and the implications of college debt on the quality of life are among the topics that will be addressed. Examples will cover Algebra 1 through pre-Calculus.

  • New Jersey Mathematics Standards and Assessments in Algebra, Grades 8-12

    Date: A Three Day Summer Program offered in two Sections:
    Section 1: June 22-24, 2016 (the dates in the printed brochure are incorrect)
    Section 2: August 2-4, 2016
    Presenter: Deborah Ives
    Fee: $495

    The first two days of the program focus on instructional strategies in algebra (that is, key areas in "Algebra and Functions") and the third day focuses on assessment in algebra, although both instruction and assessment are discussed on all three days.  More specifically, the focus of the three days are:

      Day 1: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Algebraic Concepts and Math Practices
      Day 2: Instructional Strategies for Teaching ALL Learners
      Day 3: Strategies for Assessment: Important Transitions to PARCC

  • Physics for Math Teachers

    Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 (Code: W-04-25-16)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Historically, the basis for a good deal of secondary mathematics stems from the development of physics. In fact, Isaac Newton invented the calculus in order to solve problems relating to the gravitational force produced by extended bodies in space (namely, the Earth). Our focus here is very basic. Participants will gain a conceptual and mathematical understanding of the physics used in the secondary curriculum. The course is a basic physics college class with mathematics teachers in mind. No previous physics education is necessary. If you had physics a long time ago and remember little to nothing or have never had a physics class, this is for you! Stress level for this class is rated as ZERO!  Knowledge of a TI graphing calculator is helpful but not necessary. Topics include: measurements and uncertainty, dimensional analysis, kinematics, and dynamics. This workshop addresses CORE concepts!

  • Precalculus and Astronomy: A Match Made in the Heavens!

    Date: Monday, April 18, 2016 (Code: W-04-18-16)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Where and when do you look for the moon? Can we model the motion of that “star?” Will that asteroid hit? How was the earth’s position in space determined 2,500 years ago?  Want to go to Mars? There’s prep to every trip! This class will explore these and other ideas. Why? Because they get students' attention! I’ve tried everything from temperature, to tides, to Ferris Wheels, and overall, the response was lackluster. Then I started using astronomical ideas and things changed. No more inputting arrays of data and forcing out context, rather, we observe and model! This workshop addresses CORE concepts!


  • Precalculus Conference: Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus and….

    Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 (Code: PRECALC-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $165
    Audience: Grades 9-14 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    A dynamic, annual, one-day conference for teachers and supervisors of high school mathematics, now in its 30th year. Attend up to 4 sessions on diverse topics, plus a sharing session and plenary session. Take some really good ideas back to the classroom! For more information, see conference website – http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/precalc-conf/

  • Probability 101

    Date: Friday, April 29, 2016 (Code: W-04-29-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Joseph Rosenstein
    Audience: Grades 7-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    As its title suggests, the purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to probability for those who have never learned it, as well as for those who did learn some probability, but have not used their knowledge fruitfully for many years. We will focus on some of the misconceptions that people, including your students and their parents,, have about probability situations. For example, if you toss a coin and get nine heads in a row, most people believe that the probability that the next toss will be heads is low.

  • Setting Up a Math Lab Using Geometer's SketchPad

    Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (Code: W-12-02-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Anita Schuloff, Paramus Catholic High School
    Audience: High school teachers with 1-2 years experience with Geometer’s Sketchpad

    Engage your students immediately with the versatile software that is Geometer’s Sketchpad. This workshop will show you how to write lab pages (just like Biology class) so that you can have your students explore and investigate each week. Learn how to turn the learning of theorems into a student-centered experience. You will need a laptop with a mouse and GSP already loaded. Sample labs will be provided.

  • Thinking about Calculus before "Calculus"

    Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 (Code: W-03-25-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    In the New Jersey Mathematics Standards, we want students to work with functions in context, analyze them using different representations, and build new functions from existing functions. Sounds a lot like Calculus! In the courses before calculus, there are multiple opportunities for students to think about and the key ideas of calculus: rates of change, accumulation, and limits.  From Algebra through Precalculus, weave these ideas into everyday lessons, tasks, and assessments to help your students develop the skills, insight, and interest in the study of some of the most important mathematical ideas ever invented!

  • Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders, Grades K-12

    Date: Friday, November 20, 2015 (Code: W-11-20-15)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades K-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    How can Math teachers be supported on their journey to provide quality learning for their students? This workshop will help participants explore various support structures that will help attain the above goal. If you are new to math leadership, this session will help you clarify this enormous task and help you gain confidence as to where to begin. If you are experienced, this session will help you rethink the menu and your training. Ultimately, you will improve as a knowledgeable practitioner, capable of using your extensive math understanding and teaching experiences to help children from varied cultural backgrounds become convincing mathematicians.

  • A Visual Approach to Algebra, Grades 6-10

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 (Code: W-01-25-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors, Special Education Teachers

    Why do many students forget their Algebra from June to September, from Friday to Monday, from Monday to Tuesday, …  This workshop will help teachers “see” why students forget and to develop a more visually based lesson format. It will help students, including SE & ELL – make an effective transition from the concrete/visual to the abstract. The emphasis will be on applying the PAW process: P is for Pictures, A is for Abstract, and W is for Words. Strip (or bar) models help highlight this process.  Also presented will be ample hands-on lessons that will help teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards.  Bring a graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • A Visual Approach to Geometry, Grades 6-10

    Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016 (Code: W-02-04-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors, Special Education Teachers

    Help students remember their Geometry well beyond their school years.  Procedures are easily forgotten whereas conceptual understanding can be transferred more easily to new situations. This workshop will allow teachers to help students experience and “see” geometric relationships through numerous hands-on activities that will help students, including SE & ELL – make an effective transition from the concrete/visual to the abstract.  Geometry/Algebra connections and PARCC sample problems also will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards.  Bring laptop and travel drive.

  • Writing PARCC-Like Questions, Grades 6-12

    Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2015 (Code: W-02-16-16)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Questioning is an essential part of the teaching profession.  Teachers in the classroom informal assess their students every day.  Formal assessment questions do not have to be difficult for students to answer if students answer those types of questions every day.  In this session, teachers in grades 6-12 will learn to write PARCC-Like Questions, which include assessing content standards at greater depths of understanding, rigorous single / multi-select multiple-choice questions, and question items that require strategic and extended thinking to use in their daily lessons. The newly written questions will fall under the various levels of the Depth of Knowledge chart.  It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and their curriculum guides.






    PROGRAM IN SUMMER 2016

  • New Jersey Mathematics Standards and Assessments in Algebra, Grades 8-12

    Date: A Three Day Summer Institute offered in two Sections:
    Section 1: June 22-24, 2016 (the dates in the printed brochure are incorrect)
    Section 2: August 2-4, 2016
    Presenter: Deborah Ives
    Fee: $495

    The first two days of the program focus on instructional strategies in algebra (that is, key areas in CCSS Algebra and Functions) and the third day focuses on assessment in algebra, although both instruction and assessment are discussed on all three days.  More specifically, the focus of the three days are:

      • Day 1:  Instructional Strategies for Teaching Algebraic Concepts and Math Practices
      • Day 2:  Instructional Strategies for Teaching ALL Learners
      • Day 3:  Strategies for Assessment: Important Transitions to PARCC



 

Registration Information 

Payment Information

To encourage implementation at your school, we are offering discounts to schools or districts that send multiple registrations on a single purchase order and to individuals who sign up for four (4) or more workshops.

1-3 Workshop Registrations = $195 each

4-9 Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $165 each (15% discount)

10 or more Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $145 (25% discount)

Workshop fees include all materials.

Payment may be made by purchase order or personal check; purchase orders and/or checks should be made out to Rutgers K-12 Workshops. Admittance to the workshop may be denied if no payment method is submitted by the day of the workshop or if billing information is not completed.

Registration Information

You can register by:

Phone:  

(848) 445-4065 from Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Email:  

Scan Registration Form and email it to programs@dimacs.rutgers.edu

FAX:  

FAX Registration Form to (732) 445-2894, 24-hours a day.

Mail:  

Send Registration Form to:

Rutgers K-12 Workshops
DIMACS -- CORE Building -- 4th Floor
Busch Campus
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019

Please do not assume that your district is registering for you; they often fail to notify us that teachers are planning to attend. Please register with us and tell us that your district will be sending additional materials; we will then be able to send you a confirmation letter.

Once your registration is received, you will receive an email confirmation letter at least 10 days before your workshop; attached to this letter will be a map, directions, and parking information.

If you have not received a confirmation letter 10 days prior to your workshop, please call 848-445-4065 to confirm that your registration has been received and that the workshop will take place.

Click here for Registration Form

Cancellation Policy

A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per registrant) will be issued to the appropriate party if this office is notified in writing at least five (5) business days prior to the workshop date. If you cancel within five (5) business days, or if neither you nor a substitute attend the workshop without notifying us, no refund will be issued.

All workshops are subject to cancellation for insufficient enrollment.

To obtain further information, or to register for workshops, call (848) 445-4065 or email programs@dimacs.rutgers.edu