AERO Math Specialists in International Schools
Using Mathematics Critical Areas to Fill Learning Gaps and Deepen Student Mathematical Understanding by Erma Anderson
How will you review the most essential foundational content and knowledge for each grade level and the next grade level? How will you streamline the curriculum to focus on the most essential concepts so that students can gain strong foundations?
In the online sessions, we will focus on the question, “What strategies support using the “math critical areas” to fill learning gaps and deepen student mathematical understanding?”
Focusing on critical areas does not mean deemphasizing some standards. To deemphasize standards that seem beyond these critical areas abandons parts of the curriculum that are essential for deep conceptual learning. Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Critical Areas for each grade level brings focus and coherence to the curriculum and guide instruction of ALL standards. This session will focus on using these critical areas to address learning gaps and deepen mathematical understanding of foundational learnings.
While planning for the diverse needs of students is not new, the complexity and uncertainty of the current educational landscape requires action. Develop an intentional plan now, and make a world of difference to student mathematical learning for the next school year and beyond.
Participants will:
Examine the critical areas and major clusters across grade levels to discover both the connection and progression of related standards.
Explore how a focus on the critical areas allows depth in learning, which is carried out through the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Identify resources to assist with assessing student progression toward mastery within the Critical Areas of Focus.
20192021 MSIS Program Information (pdf)
REGISTRATION RATES
Tuition per Institute (5 total) per participant is:

Member participants: $300 per Institute

Nonmember schools: $500 per Institute
(*Includes transportation to/from the conference hotel and host school. Coffee, snack and lunch are also provided).
For more information on scheduled institutes contact:
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Institute IV  Geometry and Measurement
September 1214, 2020 Session Postponed American Overseas School of Rome, Italy.
The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Geometry and Measurement progressions of the AERO/Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to the foundations of informal measurement and geometry in one, two, and three dimensions. The van Hiele model for geometric learning will be used as the framework for how children build their understanding of length, area, volume, angles, and geometric relationships.
Institute V  Embedding the Mathematical Practices into Instruction and Assessment
TBA American Overseas School of Rome, Italy.
The Institute will focus on the math practices, addressing the instructional shifts teachers need to provide in order for our students to be able to reason through mathematics. Achieving excellence in mathematics teaching and learning begins by understanding the importance of mathematical practices in instruction and assessment.
Participants will receive a deeper understanding of the hope for improved student learning provided by the eight Mathematical Practices, the impact of those practices on daily instruction, and the necessary formative assessment that will result in significant improvement in student learning. Participants will learn how to prepare and develop meaningful mathematics instruction and assessment processes with the rigor and coherence expected by the Mathematical Standards.
Presenter
Erma Anderson is a former high mathematics and physics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and McAuliff Fellow with the National Foundation for Improvement of Education. She was a consultant with the Council for Basic Educations Schools Around the World Project, developing and implementing a protocol and series of professional development experiences that used student work to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. More recently she has been a consultant with international schools and the AERO project
DESCRIPTION
A coherent sequence of 5 facetoface, threeday institutes over a two year period, including online support, that will expand teachers’ understanding of the AERO/Common Core Standards, how students learn that content, evidence of students understanding, and how to work with peers in a mentoring relationship.
Each institute is limited to 25 participants.

A twoyear mathematics certificate program designed for K8 teachers of mathematics

Based on mathematics content from the AERO/Common Core Standards

Offering optional graduate credit at additional cost from SUNY Buffalo State University

Participants who complete all 5 institutes will receive a certificate as a Mathematics Specialist in International Schools from the Office of Overseas Schools.
Past Institutes:
Institute I  Numbers and Operations  Session Concluded
April 1416, 2019  American Overseas School of Rome, Italy.
The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Numbers and Operations progressions of the AERO/Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to ways of representing numbers, relationships between numbers, number systems, the meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, and computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra.
Institute II  Algebraic Thinking
Oct. 3031, 2019  Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rome, Italy. This will be a preconference at the Annual Conference, please check the information for other workshops in case you are interested in participating in the full conference.
The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Algebra and Functions progressions of the AERO/Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to the transition from arithmetic to algebra, working with quantitative change and the description of and prediction of change.
Institute III: Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning
January 2729, 2020 American Overseas School of Rome, Italy.
The focus is on the content and the Common Core Mathematical Practices that support the Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning progressions of the AERO/Common Core Standards. Attention will be given to the basic number progressions in fractions and rational numbers, decimals and percents, and ratios and proportions to develop both rational number concepts and skills and proportional reasoning.