K-8 Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities

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K-8 Mathematics ​Certificate

UW-Madison's ​school of Education
Education Outreach and Partnerships​

Now enrolling for Number, Proportional Reasoning, and Algebra course,
​Fall 2017

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.
Location 1: Oregon School District Office - 123 E Grove St, Oregon, WI. (4:30-8)

Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, 
Nov. 9, Nov. 30, Dec. 14

Location 2: Trevor Wilmot School - 26325 Wilmot Road, Trevor, WI. ((4:00-7:30)

Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24
Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12

Please sign-up via the link above by September 8th!


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 ​1Number, Proportion, and Algebra (non-credit or 3 credits)

·       Course 2Geometry 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.
Contact: ghughes2@wisc.edu.


Non-Credit Option: $550 per course ($1,650 for K-8 Certificate)

Academic Credit Option: $700 per course ($2,100 for K-8 Certificate)

Credit details
- Each course is 3 UW Madison special student 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.
- Participants may choose to do a combination of credit and non-credit coursework.
- Generous alumni scholarship support allows us to offer course credit for a significantly reduced rate.


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."  

Additional Questions?
Contact Gwyneth Hughes in Education Outreach and Partnerships: ghughes2@wisc.edu
or at 608-263-3516.




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