Math instruction professional development geared towards meeting the differing needs of all students
CASTLE ROCK— A newly designed professional development class will assist Douglas County School District (DCSD) math teachers with efficiently meeting the varying learning levels and needs of their students.
Creating and Integrating Differentiation Strategies for your mathematics classroom, designed for elementary level math instructors, will be offered in November and December for elementary math teachers district-wide. (See sidebar for details.)
The class was designed this past month based on feedback World Class Education Professional Development (WCEPD) has been receiving from math teachers.
“The class gives teachers structures and strategies they can use to accommodate all of the different learning styles, readiness and interest levels in their classroom so that, ultimately, every child can be successful in their learning of mathematics,” says Nate Burgard, WCEPD curriculum coordinator.
Creating and Integrating Differentiation Strategies in Your Mathematics Classroom
Open to elementary math teachers district-wide
November 29th & December 13th
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity to consider meeting the diverse learning needs of all students in a classroom. That’s what this class is all about, and what the work of World Class Ed Professional Development is all about,” Burgard says.
The class will be set up in a similar way to how teachers could structure their own classroom— with learning stations. Three learning stations will be set up for attendees: one for content, the second for product and the third for process.
“A lot of recent participants gave us feedback that they felt like this structure was a very helpful way to think about setting up the structure of their classroom,” says Burgard.
In addition to the class offered for district-wide elementary math teachers in November and December, WCEPD has partnered with Franktown Elementary teacher leaders to co-facilitate the class specifically for Franktown’s math teachers on the November 8 PLC Day. The request for the training came from the school’s leadership team.
“We have similar partnerships with other schools in the district too. It’s a model we have found to be very successful and one that we continue to grow,” says Burgard.
WCEPD welcomes the opportunity for specific training requests by building leadership teams who would like something similar for their school’s teachers on a PLC day or through embedded PD.