Book Study

rinciples to Actions Online Book Study

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Registration Fees:  $10 WMC Members; $15 Non-Members

The recent National Council of Teachers of Mathematics publication, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, delineates effective teaching practices that promote high levels of learning for all students. To assist you in putting these practices into action at the middle and high school levels, the Wisconsin Mathematics Council in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching invite you to participate in an innovative online book study focused on unpacking the eight essential Mathematics Teaching Practices outlined in this publication.

Throughout the three-week book study, you will have the opportunity to participate in weekly online discussions and three live webinars with other K-12 educators from around the state. During the webinars, we will focus on unpacking one or more of the following high-leverage teaching practices providing you with structures and robust tasks to help you enact these practices in your own classroom.

  1. Establish mathematics goals to focus learning.
  2. Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving.
  3. Use and connect mathematical representations.
  4. Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse.
  5. Pose purposeful questions.
  6. Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.
  7. Support productive struggle in learning mathematics.
  8. Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.

 Webinar Dates and Times

  • September 27th from 4:00-5:00 pm
  • October 4th from 4:00-5:00 pm
  • October 11th from 4:00-5:00 pm

The Wisconsin Mathematics Council is committed to “the development and promotion of quality mathematics education that enhances learning for all students.” As such, this professional development experience is open to all teachers, coaches, and administers for a nominal cost - $10 for WMC members and $15 for non-members. Thanks to our collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which supports grades 7-12 educators.  The book study is limited to 30 participants, and those registered will receive a free electronic copy of the book.   

The online Principles to Actions book study will begin on September 27, 2016. Click on the link above to register for this Principles to Actions book study.  For more information on the book, read the Executive Summary of NCTM Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.

Book Study Instructors

Alicia Korth, 1st grade mathematics teacher, New London School District

Lynn Schaal, 7th grade mathematics teacher, New London School District

5 Practices Online Book Study

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Registration Fees:  $10 WMC Members; $15  Non-Members

Sign up now for this new online book study for Grades 3-8 teachers of mathematics. The four-week book study will focus on the publication, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, by Mary Kay Stein and Margaret (Peg) Smith.  During this book study you will have the opportunity to attend four live webinars held on consecutive Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. You will also engage in weekly online discussions related to the implementation of productive discourse in your own classroom.

Webinar Dates and Times

  • October 4th from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • October 11th from 5:00-6:00 pm

  • October 18th from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • October 25th from 5:00-6:00 pm

The Wisconsin Mathematics Council is committed to “the development and promotion of quality mathematics education that enhances learning for all students.” As such, this professional development experience is open to all teachers, coaches, and administers for a nominal cost - $10 for WMC members and $15 for non-members. Thanks to our collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which supports grades 7-12 educators.  The book study is limited to 30 participants, and those registered will receive a free electronic copy of the book.   

Book Study Instructors

Kevin McLeod, mathematics professor, UW-Milwaukee

Connie Laughlin, mathematics education consultant




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