NCSM and NCTM 2018 Roundup

It was great to see so many of you at NCSM and NCTM. If we missed you, or you weren’t able to attend, read our NCSM and NCTM round-up below.

We enjoyed the conversations we had with those of you that are using the IM 6–8 Math curriculum and are looking forward to High School and Elementary.

Check out some photos and all of the IM presentations below, including Bill McCallum’s The Promise of Open Curriculum.

Which presentations did you attend and which was your favorite?

IM Sessions from NCSM 2018

William McCallum and Tammy Baumann
Curricular Coherence and Teaching Routines: Designing Scalable Mathematics Curriculum for All Classrooms
The right materials offer a path to success for all teachers, from recent graduates to veteran educators. During this session, learn how Illustrative Mathematics designed a core program that supports all teachers by providing coherent mathematical pathways and a small set of straightforward teaching routines; hear field observations from both curriculum authors and practicing educators; and discover what we’re learning in our first year of distributing the materials as open educational resources (OER).
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Craig Schneider, Vanessa Cerrahoglu, and Sadie Estrella
Mathematical Language Routines: Equity and Access for All 
Join us to simultaneously engage with middle school content, practices, and mathematical language development using structured routines that are flexible and adaptable to varied classroom environments! You’ll learn and practice mathematical language routines that support sense making and foster equity and access for all students. These routines create an authentic need to communicate, as students develop facility with English and disciplinary language, while providing the appropriate support to engage in rich conversations with their peers.
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Kristin Gray, Jody Guarino, and Vanessa Cerrahoglu
Coaching for Depth: Ways of Thinking That Lead to Ways of Doing 
As coaches, we offer teachers ideas to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. These ideas take the form of mathematical tools, representations, or activities that elicit student thinking and engage students in productive discourse. However, are we coaching in ways that develop teachers’ mathematical knowledge? Come explore a coaching model that dives into the complex ways of thinking that lead to ways of doing mathematics through the use of activities from Illustrative Mathematics curriculum.
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William McCallum, Colette Chambers, and Posie Wood
LZ Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum (Grades 6–8) 
Come experience the new LearnZillion Illustrative Mathematics 6-8 Mathematics Curriculum! LearnZillion has further enhanced the high-quality Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 curriculum to include: teacher-friendly, classroom ready lessons plans that are both in digital and in print; digital assessments and reporting; seamless integration with LMSs; and customization tools to shape the curriculum to reflect your district priorities. Come join this hands-on session to learn more!
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Kristin Umland and Paul Conley
How High-Quality Curriculum Supports Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching 
Teaching is a full-time job, and writing curriculum requires specialized knowledge—only in the U.S. do we expect teachers to also write curriculum. We will discuss the difference between mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and mathematical knowledge for curriculum writing. We will show how expertly written curriculum materials can support teachers’ development of MKT and fill gaps in teachers’ MKT, and illustrate with examples from the Illustrative Mathematics open education resource middle school mathematics curriculum.
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IM Sessions from NCTM 2018

William McCallum
The Promise of Open Curriculum 
Illustrative Mathematics has developed a complete, standards-aligned, openly licensed curriculum for grades 6–8 and is in the process of writing curriculum for high school. In this talk we will give an overview of this work, describe how we are thinking about high school pathways, and discuss the promise of open education resources.
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William McCallum speaking at The Promise of Open Curriculum session

Ashli Black and Bowen Kerins
Five Ways to Integrate Assessment into Instructional Practice
This session will share how Illustrative Mathematics has integrated assessments into our grade 6–8 grade curriculum, which came out for first use in the 2017– 2018 school year. Participants will engage with a variety of assessment types from the curriculum and consider how they can inform and support instructional decisions.
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Kristin Umland and Tammy Baumann
Supporting Mathematical Language Development by Design 
To support a wide range of students, curriculum materials must be mathematically coherent, and it must support mathematical reasoning, language development, and procedural fluency. The design principles and implementation of an OER middle school mathematics curriculum must have all that, as well as additional supports for English language learners.
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Kristin Gray
Creating a Lesson Sequence Better Than the Sum of the Parts 
There is no shortage of mathematical activities for teachers. The great ones engage students in productive mathematics and discourse, yet are often isolated instances within a unit. As teachers, how do we leverage these individual activities to create not just one great activity, but instead create a coherent sequence of ideas for deeper learning?
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