Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Math in Focus, July 16-17, 2013, King of Prussia, PA

The Math in Focus®: Singapore Math Community Institute will build a network of teachers and administrators across the country and will provide support, learning and sharing in the effective implementation of Math in Focus: Singapore Math.

Dr. Yeap Ban Har will provide a full day of in-depth instruction of the Singapore math curriculum. Dr. Yeap will delve deeply into the fundamentals of Singapore math. Experience Singapore math first hand through hands-on problem-solving through a concrete, pictorial, and abstract methodology.

Participate in interactive workshops on applications in the Math in Focus classroom led by your National Math in Focus Specialists and leaders who have experienced the Singapore curriculum in the American classroom.

Institute Details

Location:

DoubleTree Philadelphia-Valley Forge
301 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Cost: $550 per person
Discount: $50 per person for teams of 10 or more
Includes all conference materials and Institute-sponsored meals
Deadline for Registration: July 1, 2013

Special Rate: $169 per night plus tax
Reservations:
1-800-TRY-VFPA (1-800-879-8372)
Group Code:
MIF

Online Reservations:
http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/P/PHLVFDT-MIF-20130714/index.jhtml

For additional information contact: 
Susan Copeland
214.538.9800
mathinfocus@hmhco.com

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Presenters and Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Yeap Ban Har
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is Principal, Marshal Cavendish Institute and Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School in Singapore. His research interests include problem solving and problem posing, early numeracy, and teacher professional development. He holds a Master of Education, a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies, and a doctorate in mathematics education and has served on the editorial board of two mathematics education journals — Mathematical Thinking and Learning and The Mathematics Educator. Dr Yeap has written several mathematics textbooks based on the Singapore Mathematics approach, as well as articles and chapters in various mathematics education publications including articles on bar modeling in journals such as Mathematics Teaching in Middle Schools and Mathematics Teaching. His recent publications include a chapter in an International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) study publication and Pedagogy for Engaged Mathematics Learning.


Andy Clark

Andy Clark is a consulting author on Math In Focus: Singapore Math, helping to bring the highly cited Singapore curriculum to the United States. He is the former K–12 math director for Portland public schools, a district of 46,000 students in Oregon which outperformed the state and significantly closed the achievement gap in mathematics.  As director, he was principal investigator of the last Urban Systemic Grant authorized by the National Science Foundation. He also served as Title I Coordinator for Portland Schools. He has taught at all levels of the K–12 system, and has conducted professional development in more than 30 states.

In addition to his consulting role in Math In Focus, he is the author of Algebra Readiness, Summer Success Math, Partner Games 6, and Practice Counts Grades 1–6, all published by Great Source Education Group, a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Mr. Clark is a well-known and popular presenter at national and regional mathematics conferences, including National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), AdvanceED (Wyoming), and SCTM (South Carolina).

Mr. Clark believes that the future of education lies in improving instruction and the hard work and dedication of educators.


Shelley DuBose

As a Math in Focus National Specialist, Shelly DuBose designs and leads professional development plans for districts new to Singapore Mathematics; in addition to this, she works closely with current users across the country wishing to deepen their understanding and refine their use of Math in Focus. Several years ago, as a teacher and math department chair at Graland Country Day School, Shelly began her journey with Singapore Mathematics by using experimenting with the strategies and pedagogy in her classroom. When Graland adopted Math in Focus K‐8, school administration looked to Shelly to lead their implementation. While serving as a math coach and implementation specialist in her own school Shelly began Per Diem work with other schools and districts anxious to use Singapore Mathematics; this work naturally led Shelly to her current full‐time role with HMH.

Having spent most of her career working in the middle grades, Shelly was eagerly involved in the development of Math in Focus: Courses 1‐3. Her work as a reviewer for all three texts provided Shelly with a strong understanding of Math in Focus content and pedagogy as it progresses through grade 6‐8. Based on this knowledge and her personal experience, she is particularly interested in supporting districts that choose to adopt Math in Focus K‐8.

In addition, Shelly is an avid user of classroom technology. She has worked toward becoming a SMART Certified instructor and is passionate about enhancing instruction through the use of technology.


Shara Hammet

Shara Hammet is the Director of Professional Development for Math In Focus™: Singapore Math. Shara has worked with Math in Focus since its inception, traveling to Singapore in the early days to collaborate with Marshall Cavendish to build a high quality professional development service for schools and districts adopting Math in Focus. Shara led the initiative to create a Professional Development Model for Math in Focus that moves beyond a text book in-service model to one that focuses on improving teacher effectiveness and student performance. She is committed to helping teachers become better teachers of mathematics through the use of Math in Focus.

Shara has worked in Math in Focus schools and classrooms across the country delivering Professional Development for Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Principals, Teachers and Parents. Because of her work in such settings, potential schools and districts interested in Singapore Content and Pedagogy respect her direction and suggestions for their students and teachers.

Shara currently oversees the Math in Focus full time team, Math in Focus Logistics team, as well as 60 per diems trainers.

Shara’s previous roles also included Product Manage of Math and Science Professional Development for HMH, Workshop Director for PFK Consultants, Professional Development Trainer for HMH, Professional Development Trainer for PFK Consultants, contributing author for Great Source and classroom teacher.


Hoover Herrera

Hoover Herrera is a Math in Focus National Specialist whose primary roles are professional development, strategic sales and implementation of the Singapore curriculum, Math in Focus, into schools and districts across the United States. Initially, Hoover worked as a Master Teacher in New Jersey’s largest school district where he worked with administrators, coaches, and teachers on the piloting of Math in Focus. This experience resulted in being selected to work as a per diem trainer for Math in Focus. Hoover’s facility in connecting with and teaching teachers in training situations, along with his grasp of the Singapore pedagogy, made him stand out among the per diem trainers and helped Hoover transition into a full time position as a National Specialist. Along with his many years in the classroom, Hoover possesses valuable experiences in urban school education, assessment writing, curriculum writing and planning that he has leveraged when working with administrators and school leaders in their development of their implementation plans.

Hoover continues to deliver fee based professional development on Singapore’s pedagogy and instructional practices, demonstrate lessons, coach teachers in the classroom, and work with administrators and instructional coaches to anticipate challenges that can occur when adopting a new instructional program.


Kelly Snyder
Kelly Snyder is a Math in Focus National Specialist whose primary roles are strategic sales and implementation of the Singapore curriculum, Math in Focus, into schools and districts across the United States. Initially, Kelly worked as a per diem trainer for Math in Focus, but her strong math content background, work as a math coach, as well as her classroom experience with Math in Focus, helped Kelly transition into a full time position as a National Specialist. Because of her background, Kelly has been integral in helping account executives position and sell Math in Focus to schools and districts across the country. Kelly's close work with schools and districts that are implementing Math in Focus translates beautifully to her selling story.

Kelly continues to create and deliver fee based professional development on Singapore’s pedagogy and instructional practices, demonstrate lessons, coach teachers in the classroom, and work with administrators and instructional coaches to anticipate challenges that can occur when adopting a new instructional program. In addition, Kelly wrote the Daily Planner for Every Day Counts Calendar Math (grade 3) and has been a trainer for Every Day Counts Calendar Math and Every Day Counts Partner Games for the past 12 years.

Agenda

 

Monday, July 15

 

5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

Welcome Reception with Dr. Yeap Ban Har and National Math in Focus Specialists


 
Tuesday, July 16

7:30 - 8:00 A.M.

Registration  

8:00 - 8:30 A.M. 

Opening and Welcome—Shara Hammet and Dr. Brad Reitz  

8:30 - 10:00 A.M. 

General Session 1— Dr. Yeap Ban Har  
  Fundamentals of Singapore Math: Focus on Visualization

One of the key instructional strategies in Math in Focus is the use of visualization to aid in problem solving. In this interactive session, Dr. Yeap Ban Har will share his insights about the important role of visualization in mathematics. In addition, strategies to help students “see the math” will be explored.

 

10:00 - 10:15 A.M. 

Break  

10:15 - 12:00 P.M. 

General Session 2— Dr. Yeap Ban Har  
  Fundamentals of Singapore Math: Focus on Pattern Observation
The Common Core State Standards state, “Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure.” In this session, Dr. Yeap Ban Har will demonstrate ways in which we can help our students develop the ability to see patterns in mathematics.

 

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. 

Networking Lunch  

1:00 - 2:15 P.M. 

Breakout Sessions: The Common Core State Standards Mathematical Practices and Math in Focus  
 

Math in Focus parallels the processes and proficiencies of the Common Core State Standards. In these grade level sessions, Math in Focus National Consultants will address the correlation between Math in Focus and the Common Core Mathematical Practices and share grade- level specific opportunities to help develop the expertise of our students. Participant will learn how to use the Singaporean pedagogy they have learned with Ban Har to explore these tasks that promote the practices at your grade level.

Grades K -2— Kelly Snyder
Grades 3-5— Hoover Herrera
Course 1,2,3— Shelley DuBose
Administrators— Dr. Yeap Ban Har with Andy Clark

 

2:15 - 2:30 P.M.

Break  

2:30 - 4:00 P.M. 

General Session 3— Dr. Yeap Ban Har

 
  Fundamentals of Singapore Math - Challenging Word Problems using Bar Models
In this challenging session, participants will learn to apply the visual models that allow students to analyze relationships. Dr. Yeap Ban Har will guide participants through complex problem solving using the Bar Model approach.

 
     

Wednesday, July 17

 

8:00 - 8:15 A.M. 

Welcome and Reflections on Day One—Shara Hammet  

8:15 - 9:15 A.M. 

Keynote Address— Andy Clark  
  Meeting the Rigor of the Common Core: A Look at the CCSS and Assessment
In this session, consulting author Andy Clark will lead participants on a journey to examine the requirements of the Common Core and the types of assessments that students will be asked to complete. Andy will share how Math in Focus helps students to prepare for the rigor required in both Smarter Balance and PARCC assessments.

 

9:15 - 9:30 A.M.  

Break  

9:30 - 11:30 A.M. 

Breakout Sessions: An In-Depth Look by Grade Level  
 

Each grade level presents unique opportunities to build student skills. These grade-level sessions will lead participants through the Big Ideas of each grade level and address questions regarding determining proficiency, managing pacing, and measuring understanding through the use of assessments.

K/1— Beth Ardell
2/3—Kelly Snyder
4/5— Hoover Herrera
Course 1,2,3—Shelly DuBose
Administrators—Andy Clark

 

11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.

Networking Lunch  

12:30 - 3:15 P.M. 

Breakout Sessions: Focus on Advanced Topics**  
 

The Use of Visual Models in Math in Focus and Beginning Bar Models
Kelly Snyder
This session is an introduction to the learning trajectory of using visual models (including bar models) to enhance student learning. Participants will explore how the use of visual models aids in student learning and serves as a gateway to problem solving.

Advanced Bar Modeling – ROTATION ONE
Hoover Herrera
Sharpen your pencils! In this session, participants will have the opportunity to focus on advanced bar modeling including comparison, ratio, fraction and algebraic bar models.

Year 2 and 3: Strategies on Building Capacity – ROTATION TWO
Hoover Herrera

Come discuss strategies and ideas on how a math coach/coordinator can leverage lessons learned from year 1, set realistic year 2 goals, and use vertical and grade level meetings as opportunities to develop a community of thinkers made up of both teachers and students.

Using Math Talk to Teacher Higher Level Concepts
Beth Ardell
In this session, participants will examine how the Big Book and number stories lead to student understanding. Come learn how the language of storytelling can help your students make sense of the Common Core Mathematical Practices and their multi-representations. Explore the questioning strategies that allow for differentiation as well as the opportunities for young children to explain their thinking.

Building Fact Fluency
Shelly DuBose
In this session, participants will examine the learning trajectory of building fact fluency. Come to this session to learn how to enhance your students’ mastery of basic facts and increase their understanding of number relationships.

 

** Note: Each session will be presented twice. Please choose two sessions to attend.

 

12:30 - 1:45 P.M. 

First Rotation  

2:00 - 3:15 P.M. 

Second Rotation  

3:15 - 3:30 P.M. 

Closing Remarks  

 

 

Resources

     
Tuesday, July 16

Breakout Sessions: The Common Core State Standards Mathematical Practices and Math in Focus  
 

Grades K -2— Kelly Snyder
Grades 3-5— Hoover Herrera
Course 1,2,3— Shelley DuBose
Administrators— Dr. Yeap Ban Har with Andy Clark

 


Wednesday, July 17

 

Keynote Address— Andy Clark  
  Meeting the Rigor of the Common Core: A Look at the CCSS and Assessment

 

Breakout Sessions: An In-Depth Look by Grade Level  
 

K/1— Beth Ardell
Presentation | Handout

2/3—Kelly Snyder

Presentation | Handout

4/5— Hoover Herrera

Presentation

Course 1,2,3—Shelly DuBose

Presentation

Administrators—Andy Clark

CCSS Practices, Administrators
Chapters to Address
Standards of Student Practice Handout
CCSSMP Engagement Strategies Handout
CCSS Aligned Math Lesson Handout

 
     

Breakout Sessions: Focus on Advanced Topics**  
 

The Use of Visual Models in Math in Focus and Beginning Bar Models
Kelly Snyder
Presentation | Handout

Advanced Bar Modeling – ROTATION ONE
Hoover Herrera

Year 2 and 3: Strategies on Building Capacity – ROTATION TWO
Hoover Herrera


Using Math Talk to Teacher Higher Level Concepts
Beth Ardell
Presentation | Handout

Building Fact Fluency
Shelly DuBose
Presentation | Handout

 

 

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