The course is designed for teams of teachers. The target audience of middle grades teachers and special educators, as well upper elementary and Algebra 1 teachers, will deepen their understanding of the kinds of difficulties students have with mathematics, with a focus on content related to expressions and equations. The course will provide an approach and strategies to support the math learning of struggling students, particularly those with learning disabilities. Course participants will also focus on ways to strengthen collaboration between math teachers and special educators.
In the three course sessions, teaches will explore multiple approaches to math problems, view classroom videos, examine student work, engage in discussion, and plan accessibility strategies.
Course content has been revised to include connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, content examples from upper elementary through Algebra 1, and an updated video.
On the 4th day of training, those attending for facilitator certification will practice facilitating sections of the course, review course revisions, discuss facilitation and implementation considerations, and receive instructions on how to access course materials including participant books, facilitator manuals, and slides.
Sites interested in having facilitators certified or recertified should refer to the application for more information. Beginning with the 2017/2018 school year, all course facilitators must be either certified (if they are new to the course) or recertified (if they received certification prior to 2017) to offer the revised course. (Mi)2 will no longer support previous versions of Enhancing Mathematics.
Facilitation and implementation expectations have been revised to include increased opportunities to provide feedback and job-embedded support to participants throughout their implementation process, and more intentional data collection to inform course facilitation and classroom implementation.