The Winter Standards Institute 2017

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Monday, February 13, 2017

Standards Institute

First-time Participants

Understanding the Mathematics Standards and Shifts

Study the shifts of focus, coherence and rigor by examining standards-aligned tasks and activities. Understand the structure of the standards through an examination of their language and meaning. Gain a deeper understanding of what content is prioritized and dive into the ideas of coherence within and across grades, with a focus on identifying prerequisite standards. Examine the standards to understand what is meant by conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application, and understand why rigor is important within the context of instruction, curriculum, and student work. Also examine how the shifts impact the practice of teachers and coaches.

Instructional Practice
See how the standards come alive instructionally through examination of EngageNY curricular materials and videos. Study the Instructional Practice Guide (IPG), a freely available tool from Student Achievement Partners, using the lens of the shifts to understand how it can drive effective instruction. Explain the implications for role-specific practice including understanding content, lesson planning and implementation, and reflection.

Deepening Content Knowledge
Deepen understanding of grade level content by examining curriculum maps and materials for the EngageNY curriculum. Come to see how the instructional shifts are embodied in a high level curriculum map and module assessment materials. In looking at curriculum, learn about ways of making adaptations for students that are below grade level as well as English Language Learners and practice making adaptations using the EngageNY curriculum. Annotate lessons according to the IPG indicators and practice teach.

Returning Participants

Deep Content Dive with a Practical Lens 
Participants will bring a unit of instruction for deep and careful study over the course of several days. Whether from EngageNY, a different commercial publisher, or teacher-created, the unit will form the centerpiece of these "practicum" sessions. Participants will evaluate the unit for alignment to the standards and shifts, build scaffolds and adaptations for students below grade level, and even get feedback during a peer-teaching activity. The cycle of aligning, adapting, and teaching will be replicable and a structure to repeat throughout the school year.

A Closer Look at Tasks and Discussions 
Participants will have a choice of two sessions that are designed to build on prior learning and take instruction to the next level. In one, participants will learn how to recognize and fix mis-aligned and low quality tasks to ensure student work informs instruction the way it needs to. In the other, participants will learn a research-based approach (the “five practices”) to creating a classroom rich in student mathematical discourse.


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