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Friday, October 24, 2014

Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability: Week of October 20, 2014 update

Want to find out about each of these (and more)? Just click and read.
  • Sample Schedules for Online Testing
  • Pre-identification for Spring 2015 Assessments
  • Request for Paper/Pencil Administration
  • Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)
  • Technology Readiness Information

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why students hate word problems

In 2012, Dan Meyer gave a talk in Durham, ON looking at why students hate word problems, posing five ways to improve them, and introducing this thing called “three-act math.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spring 2015 Testing Schedule

What will be assessed?
When will it be assessed?
What about the ACT?
Will they be paper-pencil or online?
What about make-ups?

Get all the latest news here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Paper-Pencil Administration of Michigan Student Assessments

On October 2nd, the MDE released a memo explaining the process and procedures for districts to request a waiver to administer a paper-pencil of the spring assessments. Key points to know:
  • Online assessment is now the default administration mode for Michigan general assessments and MI-Access FI assessments.
  • Schools that are not technology-ready, or have an instructional reason to not transition online, must submit an online waiver request for a paper-pencil administration.
  • A school (or building) is the smallest unit that may request a paper-pencil administration waiver, i.e., a school may not apply to have only certain grades or content areas take the paper-pencil assessments.
Check out the memo for information on how to apply for a waiver.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spotlight: Michigan Assessment and Accountability Newsletter

To ensure you have quick access to timely and important assessment and accountability related information, today, MDE's Office of Assessment and Accountability launched the first weekly interactive e-publication delivered each Thursday called Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability. This new easy to read publication will ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest news and information. Check it out today.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time to collaborate: Math Workgroups

Work Group Schedule
Math Workgroup Picture▪ Are you feeling isolated as a math teacher?
▪ Would you like to collaborate with other teachers from your grade/course?
▪ Are you looking for a network of teachers with whom you can share ideas?
▪ Would you like to work with others to develop solutions to your current teaching challenges?
If your answer is “YES!,” then plan to come to Kalamazoo RESA’s FREE monthly Math Workgroups. These collaborative and supportive groups are scheduled for grade bands (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8) and high school courses (Algebra and Geometry). The Math Workgroups have been designed to be peer-facilitated.
Registration is not required. Rooms have been reserved for a one hour block as indicated on the schedule, but end time is flexible. Please bring your own laptop and refreshment.
We will use the following standing agenda as a framework for the workgroup time. We will adapt the agenda to meet the group’s current needs.
1) Working: What's working well--come prepared to share out
2) Not working (challenges): What are the current challenges - sharing
3) Problem-solving and planning: Brainstorm resolutions to current challenges, if applicable
4) Try this: New endeavors--collaborate to encourage implementation of new ideas and figure out what data we should collect to see if it’s working
5) Rotating discussion topics: student engagement, grading, higher level tasks, positive learning environment, classroom management challenges, etc.
6) Collaborating (based on textbook): break into groups based on the textbooks and collaborate.

Please check out KRESA's other PD offerings

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Seabold.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PD Opportunity: Components of an Effective K-5 Math Block: Core Instruction

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Math Elem Core
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Service Center, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
SCECH'S: 6 ($10 fee - cash or personal check at sign-in)
Presenter(s): Danielle Seabold
Tuition: $80 Consortium Member | $128 Non Consortium

This one day session is connected to two other sessions, Number Sense Routines and Fluency and Maintenance. Together these three sessions detail the components of an effective K-5 math block. This session highlights the Core Instruction of a Math Block. Together we will explore what Whole-Group Math Instruction and Gradual Release of Responsibility are, the critical stages of learning mathematics, and what instruction (and the math block) look like when we attend to each stage. What is Gradual Release of Responsibility and how does it impact student success in mathematics?

Registration help: Linda Bussema @ or 269-250-9210

View all Kalamazoo RESA PD offerings here:


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PD opportunity: Effective Instruction for 5th Grade Multiplication & Division

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5th grade math multi-div
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Service Center, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
SCECH'S: 6 ($10 fee - cash or personal check at sign-in)
Presenter(s): Matt Mayer

Tuition: $113 Consortium Member | $161 Non Consortium
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to learn best-practice, instructional routines and strategies aligned with the Common Core State standards (CCSS) to support students’ understanding and use of algorithms for multiplication and division. Content is built upon the instructional shifts and increased expectations of the CCSS. Teachers will be actively engaged in learning different algorithms for multiplication and division and preparing students for the traditional algorithm.

Registration help: Linda Bussema @ or 269-250-9210

View all Kalamazoo RESA PD offerings here:


Monday, September 22, 2014

PD opportunity: Secondary Math Instruction & Assessment in Light of the Common Core: The Math Assessment Project

Professional Learning Series starts soon at Kalamazoo RESA

Secondary math 2
Dates & Times:
10/1/2014 7:30AM-2:30PM
11/5/2014 7:30AM-2:30PM
12/3/2014 7:30AM-2:30PM
1/23/2015 7:30AM-2:30PM
Location: Kalamazoo RESA Service Center, 1819 East Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
SCECH'S: 18 .. $15 fee is due at sign-in (cash or personal check only)
Presenter(s): Diane Rogers
Tuition: $365 Consortium Member | $503 Non Consortium

Secondary Math Instruction & Assessment in Light of the Common Core This four-day series is activity-based; built around a collection of classroom formative assessment lessons aligned to the Mathematical Practices and Content called for in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Groups of teachers will be engaged in constructive discussions about their own practices and how these could change. Teachers will be provided with time to plan to teach a lesson using these ideas in their own classroom, and meet again to reflect on their experiences.

Registration help: Linda Bussema @ or 269-250-9210

View all Kalamazoo RESA PD offerings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Virtual Lecture Series from Illustrative Mathematics

This school year Illustrative Mathematics will offer two series for math educators. In the fall they are featuring “Working with Number in the Elementary Classroom” and this spring they will offer “Incorporating Mathematical Practices into the Middle and High School Classroom.” 
The intended audience for these series is classroom teachers, district and state mathematics specialists, and mathematics coaches. The five hour long sessions will include 40 minutes of presentation from national experts on Adobe Connect, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. The sessions will also be recorded for participants that are not able to join in person. The cost to virtually attend each series is $150.
The following lectures are scheduled in the series on Thursday nights from 7-8pm Eastern on Adobe Connect.  Watch them live with the ability to ask questions, or watch the recordings at any time:
September 25, 2014 Linda Gojak, Immediate Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Director, The Center for Mathematics Education, Teaching, and Technology, John Carroll University "Using Representations to Introduce Early Number and Fraction Concepts"
October 23, 2014 Dona Apple, Mathematics Learning Community Project, Regional Science Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School "Supporting students' conceptual understanding about number through reasoning, explaining and evidence in both their oral and written work"
November 20, 2014 TBA!
December 11, 2014 Francis (Skip) Fennell, Professor of Education McDaniel College, Past President NCTM "Fractions Sense – It’s all about understanding fractions as numbers (and this includes those special fractions – decimals!) – use of representations, equivalence, comparing/ordering and connections"
January 22, 2015 Susan Jo Russell, TERC: Mathematics and Science Education and Deborah Schifter, Education Development Center (EDC) "Operations and Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Grades"