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  • Mathematics PD

  • Science PD

  • MTSS

UChicago STEM Education (formerly the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education) has been working alongside school districts, administrators, classroom teachers, and research experts for the past 25 years to build professional development models tailored to meet a wide variety of needs. Our professional development integrates various assessment and differentiation tools and strategies along with pedagogical beliefs that focus on best practices.

Learn more about the services we offer:

  • Mathematics Professional Development

  • Science Professional Development

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Mathematics Professional Development

CESME strives to provide high-quality professional development to refine and build teaching practices based on research with an emphasis on high quality mathematics instruction to improve mathematics teaching and learning. UChicago STEM Education is the home of Everyday Mathematics and offers professional development centered around it’s implementation, but also offers a wide variety of professional development based on the CCSS-M. Details on the wide variety of offerings are outlined below:

Courses

New Users (Everyday Mathematics 4)

This professional development is recommended for new users of Everyday Mathematics. It can be offered in Grade-Level Specific or Grade-Level Bands (K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6). This training focuses on effective implementation strategies for Everyday Mathematics with an emphasis on the CCSS-M and Standards for Mathematical Practice along with components, management tips, manipulative use, classroom organization, routines, games, assessment, differentiation, pedagogy, and math content. This professional development can range from 1-2 days with possible follow-up training throughout the school year. The scope of work can be tailored to meet staff needs.

Current Offerings

  • Professional Development
    (dates TBD by district)

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

  • Training Webinars
    (dates TBD by district)

    EM4 Webinars

    FREE EM4 unit planning webinars for Grades 3 to 6 throughout the school year. EM4 authors at the University of Chicago will walk you through each unit and allow you to plan and ask questions.

    Click on your grade for more information:

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    Unit planning webinars for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 were held last year. You can find recordings of those webinars on the VLC Resources page.

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

Experienced Users (Everyday Mathematics 4)

This professional development is recommended for experienced users of Everyday Mathematics. Teachers have taught the curriculum for at least a year and have attended a previous Everyday Mathematics training.

This professional development will refine and hone in on specific needs as teachers begin year 2 or beyond of their implementation of Everyday Mathematics.

Current Offerings

  • Professional Development
    (dates TBD by district)

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

  • Training Webinars
    (dates TBD by district)

    EM4 Webinars

    FREE EM4 unit planning webinars for Grades 3 to 6 throughout the school year. EM4 authors at the University of Chicago will walk you through each unit and allow you to plan and ask questions.

    Click on your grade for more information:

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    Unit planning webinars for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 were held last year. You can find recordings of those webinars on the VLC Resources page.

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

Train the Trainers (Everyday Mathematics 4)

This professional development is recommended for a team of teachers or math coaches from a school district that will play a leadership role in delivery of the Everyday Mathematics 4 professional development to their staff. Teachers should have experience in delivering professional development.

This 3-day professional development will guide school district leaders on delivery of new user professional development for Everyday Mathematics 4. Participants will work with EM authors, researchers, and professional developers to learn about foundational ideas to the Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum, facilitation techniques, and curricular resources. Participants will be introduced to professional development modules for new users of Everyday Mathematics 4 that they can share with teachers in their own school or district.

Current Offerings

  • Professional Development
    (dates TBD by district)

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

  • Training Webinars
    (dates TBD by district)

    EM4 Webinars

    FREE EM4 unit planning webinars for Grades 3 to 6 throughout the school year. EM4 authors at the University of Chicago will walk you through each unit and allow you to plan and ask questions.

    Click on your grade for more information:

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    Unit planning webinars for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 were held last year. You can find recordings of those webinars on the VLC Resources page.

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

Parents (Everyday Mathematics 4)

This type of professional development is recommended for parents whose children are using the Everyday Mathematics Curriculum.

This professional development will support parents in guiding their children on Homelinks, fact practice, algorithms and math content. This type of professional development typically ranges from 60-90 minutes.

Current Offerings

Leadership Development

This type of professional development is recommended for identified teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators within a school district. This professional development will work to develop dynamic and effective mathematics leadership teams in order to strengthen schools’ capacities to support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning and implementation of CCSS-M. This is accomplished through ongoing professional development and in-school support for administrators, teacher leaders, and coaches. This work involves developing tools and resources for leaders. It will also focus on how to design, implement, and refine ways to promote and support high-quality mathematics classroom teaching and learning that aligns with district vision for mathematics and the CCSS-M.

Current Offerings

Coaching

This professional development will involve working with a district in identifying the most effective coaching strategies to meet the needs of their teachers. Some examples of the types of coaching offered:

Current Offerings

  • Professional Development
    (dates TBD by district)

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

  • Training Webinars
    (dates TBD by district)

    For more information, call 773 834-0060 or write to schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu

  • Collaborative Coaching at a school level and across multiple schools (planning, teaching and debriefing)
  • Analyzing student work to assess and plan a lesson
  • Leaderships team mentoring
  • Instructional coaching using the coaching cycle

Differentiation

This professional development will provide support for teachers in creating a rich learning environment that provides students multiple avenues for acquiring content, making sense of ideas, developing skills, and demonstrating what they know. Focus will include learning to understand student's strengths, misconceptions, and gaps in mathematical knowledge and how to use a rich body of assessment data to guide teachers in providing the appropriate supports necessary for all students to be successful. Our professional development will provide a balance of hand-on learning and integration of relevant theory and research that will help teachers consider and address the needs of individual students. We can provide a single session, or series of session to address the following areas:

Current Offerings

Science Professional Development

UChicago STEM Ed provides high-quality professional development to refine and build research-based teaching practices with an emphasis on high-quality science instruction, including PD on a wide variety of topics related to science and the Next Generation Science Standards. Details on our offerings are outlined below.

Courses

Teacher Professional Development

We utilize numerous professional development strategies to support teachers in learning about and enacting excellent science instruction. For example, we model and discuss many high-quality science instructional strategies that can be used throughout the year. We provide opportunities for teachers to engage in high-quality science instruction as learners, and time for teachers to discuss instructional strategies and plan for instruction in their classrooms. Various assessment strategies are introduced and modeled, including the use of assessment probes that are based on common misconceptions and the use of questioning strategies to elicit student thinking. Additionally, teachers are frequently asked to consider diverse learners and their needs. Teachers consider ways to adapt current instructional materials to motivate the content being studied, to present information in varied ways, and to provide opportunities for students to express their understanding in diverse ways. Further details on particular topics are provided below.

  • Transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

    We introduce teachers to the NGSS and provide an historical and comparative context for their development (including previous efforts such as the National Science Education Standards and the Illinois learning goals). This professional development focuses on The Framework for K-12 Science Education as the foundational document on which the NGSS were based. We also provide an overview of the presentation of the NGSS, including examining the performance expectations, foundation boxes, and connections to other standards.

    • NGSS: SEPs, DCIs, CCCs and integration

      Our work with teachers initially focuses on the Science and Engineering Practices, then integration of the Crosscutting Concepts, and finally the Disciplinary Core Ideas. We explicitly focus on each of these three dimensions of the NGSS to help teachers unpack them. This work helps teachers see how the three dimensions are holistically combined in the NGSS performance expectations and how they can be integrated into instruction.

    • Integrating NGSS into existing instructional materials

      NGSS implementation can begin by adapting current instructional materials to engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices and bring out the Crosscutting concepts. This professional development will introduce teachers to a framework they can use to adapt available instructional materials to make them more NGSS-aligned.

    • Curriculum-specific workshops

      • Science Companion
      • Engineering is Elementary

Leadership Development

  • Teacher leadership
  • Administrative leadership
  • School Planning and Goal-Setting

Early Childhood

Coming soon.

Coaching

Coming soon.

Online

Coming soon.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

UChicago STEM Education provides high-quality professional development to refine and build research-based teaching practices focusing on the three tiers of the CPS MTSS framework.

Courses

Math

Our workshops will provide an understanding of what MTSS is and how teachers can create a rich learning environment to support all of their students in their learning. Focus will include learning to understand student's strengths, misconceptions, and gaps in mathematical knowledge and how to use a rich body of assessment data to guide teachers in providing the appropriate supports necessary for all students to be successful. Our professional development will provide a balance of hand-on learning and integration of relevant theory and research that will help teachers consider and address the needs of individual students.

Science

Our workshops will provide an understanding of what MTSS is and how teachers can create a rich learning environment to support all of their students in their learning. Focus will include learning to understand student's strengths, misconceptions, and gaps in scientific knowledge and how to use a rich body of assessment data to guide teachers in providing the appropriate supports necessary for all students to be successful. Our professional development will provide a balance of hand-on learning and integration of relevant theory and research that will help teachers consider and address the needs of individual students.

Differentiation

We offer a wide range of workshops, in person and on-line, from single sessions, to multiple sessions, that focus on how to provide appropriate scaffolding to foster student success. Topics include the use of the workshop model; an understanding of Response to Intervention and Multi Tiered Systems of Support; Number Sense; how to use the Common Core Standards to structure scaffolding; identifying common misconceptions; understanding and using a concrete–semi-concrete–abstract structure; and the importance of games and how to use them effectively.

For more information, contact us at schoolsupportservices@lists.uchicago.edu.