ESE welcomes educators from across the
state to join our 2017–2018 mathematics, literacy, and science educator
networks. These networks are designed to drive implementation of the 2017
Massachusetts Mathematics and ELA/Literacy Frameworks and the 2016 Science and
Technology/Engineering (STE) Framework. We are calling on classroom leaders,
school leaders, and district leaders to partner across districts to learn, to test
and refine tools and strategies, and to innovate.
The following is a list of all of the new math networks being offered:
Early Numeracy Network (PreK–3):
Steppingstones to Addition and Subtraction
Who
should attend:
Math
curriculum directors, coaches, and lead preK–3 teachers
Locations and dates:
Group 1: Holyoke (10/10, 11/16, 1/19, 3/23)
Group 2: Upton (10/13, 11/13, 1/17, 3/9)
Group 3: Woburn (10/12, 11/15, 1/18, 3/27)
Time:
9am–12:30pm
Questions:


The
effective integration of Mathematical Practices (MPs) into elementary
instruction promotes a deep and flexible understanding of mathematics and
better supports a wide range of students to develop mathematical expertise. This network focuses on key
connections between the MP Standards and the Content Standards that define
what students should know and be able to do. Specifically, the network aims to amplify
opportunities for preK–3 students to develop mathematical practices 2 and 7
as they add, subtract, and multiply. It challenges district math
leaders, coaches, and lead teachers to expand the problem types their
students encounter, and to establish mathematical practice routines that
develop students’ abilities to reason across diverse problem situations. The
network aims to launch common routines across preK–3 that focus on
contextualizing and decontextualizing problem situations (MP2) and making use
of structure (MP7).

Middle Grades Math
Network (grades 4–7):
Proportional Reasoning: The Bridge from
Fractions to Ratios
Who should attend:
District teams of 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th grade teachers
(including EL and special education teachers)
Locations and dates:
Group 1: Holyoke (10/26,
12/13, 2/2, 3/8)
Group 2: Fitchburg (10/24,
12/5, 1/30, 3/6)
Group 3: Bridgewater (10/25,
12/6, 1/31, 3/13)
All groups: Statewide convening (6/5)
Time:
9am–12:30pm
Questions:


The content of middle grades math marks a significant
shift from arithmetic concepts (whole number and fractional operations) to
algebraic concepts (ratios, rates of change, proportions). The 2017
Mathematics Framework includes new clarifications for the vertical
progression of fraction concepts in grades 4–5 to proportional reasoning
concepts in grades 6–7. This network brings
together 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, and 7^{th}
grade teachers to create, test, and refine standardsaligned tasks that
illuminate this vertical learning progression. These tasks will also feature
varied opportunities for students to demonstrate the three key elements of
mathematical rigor: procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and
authentic application. Network members will apply tools and strategies from
crossdistrict regional sessions to create task progressions within
their indistrict working groups. These tasks and student work samples
will be shared statewide.

Secondary Math
Network (grades 6–12):
Access Math: Building middle/high coursework
pathways for the future
Who should attend:
District teams, ideally composed of math
curriculum director and/or department heads, principal and/or assistant
principal, and guidance counselor(s)
Location and dates:
Marlborough (9/27, 11/8, 1/3, 2/27)
Time:
9am–12:30pm
Questions:


The
2017 Mathematics Framework provides an opportunity for districts to revisit
and plan course sequences in middle and high school mathematics that
encourage ALL students to persist in their mathematical studies. This network brings together math
instructional leaders (department leaders, school administrators, and
district math leaders) to share current thinking and best practices for
grade/course pathways for grades 6–12. The network aims to develop
grade/course progressions that are coherent and transparent; that include
multiple “onramps” to promote equitable enrollment; and that map forward to
career pathways and opportunities. The network also aims to foster systems of
support to promote opportunities for more students to access accelerated
coursework. Network members will have the opportunity to work across
districts to identify the indicators they use to evaluate the effectiveness
of their math programming; to define problems of practice; and to adapt or create
course pathways and support strategies.

Urban Mathematics Leaders Network
Advancing
Access for English Learners
Who should attend:
Urban math leaders
Location and dates:
Marlborough (10/11, 1/10, 3/15, 5/31)
Time:
9am–12:30pm
Questions:


For 2017–2018, the ongoing urban mathematics leaders
(UML) network will focus on advancing access for English learners (ELs).
Specifically, network members will work collaboratively to develop, test, and
refine diagnostics to accurately assess the mathematical abilities of new EL
students at different grade levels.
*The first meeting of
this network will share linked tasks from UML’s 2016–2017 proportional reasoning progression
project.

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