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Mathematics and the Common Core:
Helping Illinois Educators Prepare for New Standards


Date & Time:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 8.30a-3.30p. Breakfast served from 7.45a-8.30a


Where:
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607


Parking:
Ample parking is located two blocks west of the UIC Forum in Lot 5 at 1135 S. Morgan St.
Discounted parking stickers will be available on the day of the conference for $7.00 (cash only).


Registration:
Please register at http://www.regonline.com/mathematics_and_the_common_core
Priority registration is available for participants from SCMI, WCMI and designated CPS programs/offices until 12/31/10. Please check with your district lead or UIC Coach (SCMI & WCMI) or Rickey Murff (CPS) for priority registration codes. General registration begins 1/1/11.


Fees:
$60/person for groups of 2-6 until 1/31/11; $75/person for individuals or group registrations after
1/31/11


About
"Mathematics and the Common Core: Helping Illinois Educators Prepare for New Standards," will help local school districts, school leaders, and mathematics teachers better understand the Common Core State Standards and encourage them to approach the new standards in productive and meaningful ways.

 

Conference Goals:

The conference features speakers who have been involved in various ways with the development of the CCSS for mathematics and who will be involved with the development of mathematics assessments for Illinois and other states. Additionally, we have recruited leading K-12 mathematics curriculum developers to provide models of how to approach CCSS alignment in a way that maintains the coherence and strengths of mathematics curricula.


The conference is being organized by UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute on behalf of the West Cook Mathematics Initiative (WCMI), the South Cook Mathematics Initiative (SCMI), and the Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning Mathematics. West 40 ISC and South Cook ISC are co-sponsoring organizations. The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning Mathematics are providing partial support.

 

Schedule

7:45-8:30a Breakfast (optional)
8:30-8:45a Welcome/Introduction
8:45-9:45a Keynote 1: Understanding the CCSS for Mathematics
9:45-10:00a Break
10:00-11:00a Keynote 2: The CCSS for Mathematics: What Now?
11:10-12:00p Breakout 1
12:00-12:40p Lunch (boxed lunches)
12:45-1:45p Keynote 3: New Assessments: Plans of the PARCC Consortium
1:45-2:00p Break
2:00-2:50p Breakout 2
3:00-3:30p Panel discussion/Q & A with presenters



 

Keynote Addresses

Understanding the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Speaker: Phil Daro
Abstract: Phil Daro co-directed the development of the CCSS for Mathematics. He will discuss the principles that guided their conception and highlight the big ideas of the Standards.


The CCSS for Mathematics: What Now?
Speaker: Diane Briars
Abstract: Diane Briars is president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. She will discuss productive strategies that districts might consider as they plan for the CCSS implementation.


New Assessments: Plans of the PARCC Consortium
Speaker: Stephen Pruitt
Abstract: Twenty-six states, including Illinois, have joined together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium (PARCC). PARCC's goal is to create an assessment system and supporting tools based upon the CCSS. These new assessments will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research, and Development at Achieve, Inc., will provide an overview of the initial plans for these assessments.

Breakout Sessions

High School Mathematics in Middle School: Approaches for Accelerating Students
Speaker: Morgan Saxby
Abstract: There are some students who are able to move through mathematics quickly, allowing them to take high school mathematics beginning in eighth grade or earlier so that they can take college-level mathematics in high school. Morgan Saxby, Research Associate at Achieve, Inc., will discuss these compacted courses and suggest important ideas for districts and schools to consider regarding acceleration strategies.


College and Career Readiness and the CCSS
Speaker: Stephen Pruitt
Abstract: A set of college and career readiness standards, developed in Summer 2009, created the framework for the CCSS for Mathematics. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development at Achieve, Inc., will discuss how the college and career readiness standards were developed and how they are embedded within the CCSS.


Tools and Strategies for Considering Alignment to the CCSS
Speaker: Diane Briars
Abstract: Diane Briars, president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), will introduce a new tool being developed by NCSM to help districts move their mathematics programs towards alignment with CCSS expectations. Special emphasis will be placed on alignment with the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practices.


High School Pathways in the CCSS
Speaker: Brad Findell
Abstract: Brad Findell, Mathematics Initiatives Administrator for the Ohio Department of Education, worked on the development of the CCSS high school pathways. The pathways provide a guide for designing high school mathematics courses based upon the CCSS. He will provide an overview of the high school pathways and suggest ways that school districts might approach CCSS implementation with their high schools.


The CCSS and Elementary Mathematics Curricula
Speakers: Andy Isaacs and Tim Stoelinga
Abstract: Andy Isaacs, Director of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago, and Tim Stoelinga, co-Director of the Teaching Integrated Mathematics and Science (TIMS) Project at UIC, are leading developers of widely used elementary mathematics curricula (Everyday Mathematics and Math Trailblazers). They will discuss how elementary curriculum developers are approaching the CCSS—to align content while maintaining coherent and high-quality mathematics curricula. Their respective approaches provide models for districts to think about K-5 curriculum alignment with the CCSS.

 

The CCSS and Middle Grades Mathematics Curricula
Speakers: Mary Jo Tavormina and Margie Pligge
Abstract: Mary Jo Tavormina, director of WCMI and SCMI, and Margie Pligge, senior coach with SCMI, will describe how leading developers of middle grades mathematics curricula are approaching the CCSS—to align content while maintaining coherent and high-quality mathematics curricula. These approaches provide models for districts to think about middle grades curriculum alignment with the CCSS.


The CCSS and High School Mathematics Curricula
Speaker: Al Cuoco
Abstract: Al Cuoco, Senior Scholar and Director of the Center for Mathematics Education at the Education Development Center (EDC), is a nationally recognized developer of high school mathematics curricula. He will discuss how his team at EDC is approaching the CCSS—to align content of the CME Project Algebra 1 course to the CCSS while maintaining a coherent and high-quality mathematics curriculum. This approach provides a model for districts to think about high school curriculum alignment with the CCSS.


Navigating through the CCSS: A Primer
Speakers: Joanne Baker, Nancy Mueller, and Sendhil Revuluri
Abstract: Joanne Baker, Nancy Mueller, and Sendhil Revuluri are senior coaches with WCMI and SCMI. They will provide an interactive introduction to the components and organization of the CCSS. Both the K-8 and High School Standards will be covered.