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2016-2017 Mathematics Workshops

For Elementary School Teachers

arranged by Joseph G. Rosenstein

sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ)

with the cooperation of DIMACS, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science,

and the Rutgers Department of Mathematics


Would you like to:
- Better prepare your students for NJ'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?

Six, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for elementary school math teachers are offered during the 2016-2017 school year. These workshops address a broad range of topics that are applicable to all curricula taught by grades K-5 teachers of mathematics.

These workshops are sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ) with the cooperation of DIMACS (the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) and the Rutgers Department of Mathematics.

All workshops are connected to 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. 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 Descriptions:

  • Differentiating Math Instruction, Grades K-5

    Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 (Code: 04-10-17)
    Time: 9:00 am -- 3:30 pm
    Presenter: June Kelley
    Audience: Grades K-5 Teachers and Supervisors, Special Education Teachers

    Within one’s own family, children learn differently. How can anyone expect an entire classroom of children to succeed in mathematics being taught using one learning style? Yet, as a human being, how can a teacher juggle so many students with so many learning styles during a short period of time? This workshop is designed for teachers to use strategies to enable students to reach their greatest potential in mathematical success and make the classroom a manageable environment to promote this success.

  • Do You Speak Fractions?

    Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Code: W-01-11-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Pamela Brett
    Audience: Grade 3-6 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Are fractions like a foreign language in your classroom? Participants will explore the progression of fraction concepts as outlined in the CCSS. Hands on activities will deepen your conceptual knowledge of fractions and will in turn improve your students' fraction fluency.

  • Inspiring K-8 Students to Love Math

    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Code: W-04-25-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: June Kelley
    Audience: Grade K-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Do you hear groans when math is mentioned? Do your students seem to have ALL been absent the day you taught certain lessons? We’ve all experienced this lack of attention, enthusiasm, and dismay, but it does not have to be this way. This workshop focuses on ways to bring back the natural fun and wonder of math. Not only will your students enjoy mathematics, they will have more success with the strategies learned and used in this workshop.

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

    Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Code: W-11-18-16)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 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.

  • Visualizing Fractions!

    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Code: W-04-27-17)
    Time: 9:00 am -- 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grade 4-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Fraction mathematics is one of the most challenging topics for middle school students. In fact, there is a substantial body of research that asserts that a poor understanding of fraction mathematics is the best indicator of a poor understanding of algebraic concepts. In this day long workshop we will address strategies in teaching fractions from the Fraction ThinkBook: Bridging the Fraction-Algebra Gap. The methods used are visual and conceptual and seek to build student comprehension and mathematical intuition rather than techniques that focus on memorization or rote learning. We’ll also take a look at a few challenging problems involving ratio, proportion, decimals and percentages. This workshop addresses CORE concepts!

  • Visualizing Problem Solving in Grades 3-5 and the New Standards

    Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (Code: W-03-22-17)
    Time: 9:00 am -- 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grade 3-5 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Help students remember their Math concepts well beyond their elementary school years. This workshop will help teachers to develop a more visually based lesson format that will include the use of strip (or bar) models as well as the review of PARCC sample problems.  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, a problem solving strategy: P is for Pictures, A is for Abstract, and W is for Words. Ample hands-on lessons 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.

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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 (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 AMTNJ (Association of Mathematics Teachers of NJ). 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:


(732) 788-1257 from Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.




FAX Registration Form to (732) 399-5388, 24-hours a day.


Send Registration Form to:

AMTNJ/DIMACS K-12 Math Workshops
PO Box 264
Bay Head, NJ 08742

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 732-788-1257 to confirm that your registration has been received and that the workshop is going to take place.

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.

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per registrant) will be issued to the appropriate party if this office is notified at least five (5) business days in writing 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 information abot other programs, call 732-788-1257 or visit the AMTNJ website at http://www.amtnj.org