K-8 Mathematics Certificate
UW-Madison's school of Education
Education Outreach and Partnerships
Now enrolling for Number, Proportional Reasoning, and Algebra course,
This blended format course examines key concepts of our number system, proportional reasoning, and algebraic thinking through modeling and justification. Key topics include:
- Developing students’ fluency and flexibility.
- Connecting number, algebra, and proportional reasoning concepts across K-8.
- Incorporating the standards for mathematical practice daily.
Tentative in-person dates:
Location TBD in the greater Madison area depending on registrants' needs.
Discounted registration available for hosting district.
Please sign-up for information via the link above by September 8th!
ABOUT THE K-8 MATH CERTIFICATE
This certificate program gives educators the opportunity to deepen their own mathematical knowledge in a setting that models student-centered pedagogy. The K-8 structure of these courses encourages cross-grade-level discussion around content and pedagogy. Activities and assignments will frequently be differentiated in order to accommodate the wide variety of math experience of participants. The two-year program is divided as follows:
- Year 1: Participants engage in a series of two semester-long courses that emphasize different elements of mathematical content and pedagogy (see below for details). Courses are offered in a blended online/in-person structure to accommodate the busy schedule of practicing educators. For example, a course might consist of six in-person evening meetings over a semester, interspersed with online assignments.
· Course 1 = Number, Proportion, and Algebra (non-credit or 3 credits)
· Course 2 = Geometry and Measurement (non-credit or 3 credits)
(Courses 1 & 2 can be taken as standalone professional development outside the certificate).
- Year 2: Participants conduct a year-long action research study in their own school, incorporating ideas from the year 1 courses. Participants will be guided and supported in this process through both in-person meetings and online activities, culminating in a research presentation in June of the following year.
· Course 3 = Action Research (non-credit or 3 credits)
Who should do this program?
- K-8 teachers looking for support in developing the mathematical thinking of students.
- K-8 teachers interested in becoming elementary math leaders or coaches.
- Coaches who want to support teachers in developing students’ mathematical thinking.
Dr. Gwyneth Hughes works in the Education Outreach and Partnerships Office at UW Madison. She has been providing mathematics professional development in-person and online to K-12 teachers for the past seven years. Her background includes teaching high school math and a PhD in Geoscience.
$550 per course
Academic Credit Option
Through generous alumni scholarship support, we are able to offer academic course credit (3 special student credits) for just $150 per course in addition to the $550 registration fee.
· Course 1 = Number, Proportion, and Algebra (3 credits)
· Course 2 = Geometry and Measurement (3 credits)
· Course 3 = Action Research (3 credits)
Those taking credits will need to register as special students, enroll through UW, and will have a final project write-up in addition to the regular course content.
How long will each course take?
Each content course in Year 1 consists of six 3.5 hour meetings and has ten 2-3 hour online sessions. The two content courses course are thus expected to take about 45 total hours each.
Year 2 consists of a single course that extends over the year. Participants meet in-person once each month (nine times) for 3 hours. In between meetings participants engage in research, reflection, and online discussion relevant to their practice as part of the Action Research model
Do I have to do the whole certificate?
No. The two content courses can each be taken as standalone professional development, for credit or non-credit.
Can I do a mix of credit and non-credit options in the certificate?
Yes! You decide course-by-course whether you'd like to do credit or non-credit.
Feedback from previous participants:
" I've been so very impressed of how you actually teach us the way we've been encouraged to teach others - a mix of lecture, listening, exploring, practicing, modeling, working alone or in partners - sharing and discussing. That, in itself, has been wonderful!"
"It is really fascinating to look at what we are each teaching with a wider view. When we get so caught up in our own grade level and what kids are/are not able to do, it can be frustrating and limiting. When we begin to look beyond in both directions, it can help us see how to support those who struggle and stretch those who are ready to move on."
Contact Gwyneth Hughes in Education Outreach and Partnerships: firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 208-866-7714.
YEAR 1 CONTENT COURSES