Chris Mikles, Director of Professional Learning, email@example.com
Professional Learning is one of the best ways to foster change, and support what you are doing in your classes.
Going to conferences, state, regional or national conferences, is an outstanding way to add to your professional learning. You can go to so many different sessions, mostly targeted on what you personally want to learn. Now is the time to find the one conference that works for you, and start working on funding. (Remember: CPM does offer a National Conference in February! Get your administrators to commit to letting you attend now!) If your district will not support you attending professional development, then there are many organizations and companies that offer educational grants. Do not wait till the last minute; start looking now! There are conferences beginning this summer and many, many conferences in the fall. There should be at least one conference that will work for you.
If you can not fund a conference then look for workshops. The workshop season is right around the corner. This summer, CPM is offering many workshops for free. The first year implementation workshops will get you started teaching in a student-centered classroom. Besides modeling problems and going through the math at your grade or course level, the Phase 1 workshops also cover the resources CPM has, research, questioning, assessment, effective teams, study team and teaching strategies, and more. You do not need to be teaching CPM to attend, just find a workshop and register.
We have a second year implementation workshop for teachers who have already been through the first year training and are now ready for the next step. The Phase 2 workshops concentrate on instructional strategies. The resource we use is the book Principles to Action put out by NCTM, which talks about the Guiding Principles for School Mathematics. One of those principles covers Teaching and Learning and that is where we pull from to come up with content and activities.
Our Phase 3 workshop will be centered on assessment. We are continuing to use Principles to Action as well as tried and true activities from past CPM assessment workshops.
If you cannot find the workshop that you need, please contact your Regional Coordinator.
There are other workshops/seminars hosted by CPM. One is the Creating Collaborative Classrooms workshop and the other is the Academy of Best Practices institute. Look on our website for more information. The Creating Collaborative Classrooms workshop is for schools or districts that do not use CPM in their classes, but would like to learn about creating a student centered classroom. If you know of a school or district that would benefit from a Creating Collaborative Classrooms workshop, please contact your Regional Coordinator or Chris Mikles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the two Academy of Best Practices seminars were due May 1, but they are something to keep on your radar for next year. Visit cpm.org/abp for more information.
I hope you find the professional learning opportunity that will help foster change and give you support in your classroom, your school, and your district.