Mathematics

The TTAC at Radford University provides professional development and technical assistance on effective instructional practices for students with disabilities to public schools within Superintendent’s regions 6 & 7, focusing on successful access and progress for students with disabilities in the general education curriculum, and building the capacity of educational professionals to assist these students in reaching their full potential.

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Catalyzing Change in K-12 Mathematics Book Talks

 

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council of Mathematics Specialists are excited to partner in offering Catalyzing Change in K-12 Mathematics Book Talks beginning in February 2021.  The Catalyzing Change Book Talks will provide an opportunity for mathematics teachers and mathematics specialists/coaches from across the Commonwealth to engage in critical conversations around the need for change in mathematics education in Virginia.  Participants will be provided an e-book, will read Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood Elementary MathematicsCatalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics, or Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics, and participate in virtual book talk sessions to be held from 4:00-5:00pm on the following dates: February 4 , 11, 25,  March 11, 25, April 8, 22.  Space is limited. Please complete the Google Form to indicate your interest in participating.

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New Learning Disabilities in Mathematics Companion Guides

 

The Learning Disabilities in Mathematics Resources page includes links to two new VDOE companion guides. Check out Students with Disabilities in Mathematics: Frequently Asked Questions and Evidence-Based Specially Designed Instruction in Mathematics.

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Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks are Now Available!

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Just in Time Mathematics Quick Checks are formative assessments that align to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL). These resources, developed by Virginia teachers and mathematics leaders, are designed to help teachers identify students with unfinished learning and assist in planning instruction to fill potential gaps “just in time.”

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Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

 

While by no means a comprehensive list, mathematics educators may wish to consider the following opportunities:

·       100 Days of Professional Learning – the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is offering 100 Days of Professional Learning with live 60-minute webinars presented by selected speakers from the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition program that was to take place in Chicago. To register for upcoming webinars or view recordings click here.  NCTM is also offering free resources to teachers – to access them click here (be sure to scroll down the page to see how to sign up for a free trial NCTM membership)

·       NCTM Additional Webinars – the following webinar recordings are available to assist in online instruction in mathematics

o   Taking Your Online Instruction to the Next Level: Exploring How Effective Instructional Strategies Work in Online Environments - Speaker: Mike Flynn

 Access Recording         Download Webinar Chat

o   Making the Shift to Online Math Instruction: Supporting PreK-16 Educators in Online Pedagogy -
Speaker: Mike Flynn

Access Recording         Download Webinar Chat

·       Virtual Virginia Online Free Online Teacher Training – recorded webinars to support teaching using virtual resources can be found by clicking here.

·       Open Educational Resources - #GoOpenVA is Virginia's home for Open Educational Resources. It's a growing community of educators and education partners working together to help teachers personalize learning and address the learning goals of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Refer to the Quick Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) to learn more. Visit #GoOpenVA:COVID-19 Extended Closing Resources for materials provided by Virginia school divisions to support educational activities when schools are closed.

·       Online High School Courses - WHRO is offering to everyone in Virginia access to our twenty-five high school online courses free during the COVID19 pandemic. Students, teachers, parents and administrators can access the courses here.

·       Resources from eMediaVA - eMediaVA is a collection of over 160,000 free learning resources (videos, audio files, images, etc.), all searchable by SOL for grades PK-12.  Teachers can easily link to these resources from presentations, documents, learning management systems, and Google Classroom as a part of a virtual learning plan. 

·       Early Math Teaching Video Collection - The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide Teaching Math to Young Children can be used to support children’s learning of number and operations, geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis. REL Central recently developed several videos to share information from Recommendations 1, 2, and 4 of the WWC practice guide.  

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VDOE Mathematics SOL Institutes - Professional Development Resources

2019 Developing Deeper Learning through Rich Mathematical Tasks Mathematics Institutes provided training focused on making learning visible in the mathematics classroom and selecting and implementing rich mathematical tasks to support deeper learning opportunities for students and to strengthen locally-designed curricula.

A product of the 2019 Institutes is a set of online professional development modules designed to be used by teams of teachers of a specific grade or course, facilitated by a member of the team or teacher leader.  Modifications could be made to adapt the professional development for more than one grade level/course or for large groups.  Facilitators are encouraged to review the PowerPoint, the Facilitator Guide, and additional resources prior to facilitating this professional development.

 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT WITH MATH INSTRUCTION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 

Chuck Blevins,  540-831-5611, or

Suzanne Graham,  540-831-6846

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Additional Resources

Excellence in Co-Teaching Mathematics Demonstration Sites

The goal of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative is to provide a professional development model that promotes access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities, recognizing effective co-teaching practices – especially in the areas of reading and math, and supporting teacher leaders.

In 2014, in an effort to promote and improve the implementation of co-teaching throughout Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education chose classrooms across the state that exemplify best practice in co-teaching to serve as demonstration sites, offering opportunities for others to observe model co-taught classrooms in action. These teachers also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share. In their videos, teachers showcase not only co-instructing in the classroom, but co-assessing and co-planning as well. A series of webshops showcase the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia.

Teachers and administrators are also encouraged to visit these demonstration sites. Contact the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Radford University or Virginia Tech to determine which sites are open for visitation..

In addition, teachers who are unable to visit a demonstration site can learn about co-teaching online through the Real Co-Teachers of Virginia webshops. In addition to general information about co-teaching, the webshops include videos of demonstration site co-teachers as they co-plan, co-instruct and co-assess; SOL Enhanced Scope & Sequence Lesson Plans adapted for co-teaching; and a variety of resources. These webshops can be accessed through TTAC Online at Real Co-Teachers of Virginia.

VDOE Mathematics Web Links

  • Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) and Curriculum Framework
  • Mathematics Instructional Plans (MIPs) help teachers align instruction with the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) by providing examples of how the knowledge, skills and processes found in the SOL and curriculum framework can be presented to students in the classroom.
  • Co-Teaching Mathematics Instructional Plans utilize the six common co-teaching approaches: teaming, station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, one teaching/one assisting, and one teaching/one observing.   These plans contain suggestions as to how co-teachers can effectively utilize the expertise of each teacher to enhance lessons and activities in a co-taught classroom. These co-teaching plans were created and modified by a select group of Virginia teachers participating in the Excellence for Co-teaching Initiative.  These plans align instruction with the expectations of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning, and were vetted by VDOE content and special education specialists. 
  • Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards provide a display of mathematics content words and associated visual cues to assist in vocabulary development. The cards should be used as an instructional tool for teachers and then as a reference for all students, particularly English learners and students with disabilities.
  • Mathematics Vertical Articulation Tool (MVAT) – This tool provides support in identifying concepts aligned to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) that articulate across mathematics grade levels or courses. The MVAT has several possible uses:
    • Instructional planning tool – the STATIC versions of the MVAT can be used to identify the progression of specific content across grade levels or courses in order to connect instruction to prerequisite knowledge and future concepts.
    • Remediation planning tool – the DYNAMIC versions of the MVAT can be used with the Mathematics Standards of Learning Student Detail by Question (SDBQ) reports (or using data from other reports using SOL identifiers) to pinpoint targeted areas for individual student remediation (e.g., classroom remediation, Algebra Readiness intervention, expedited retakes, etc.)