Teacher Workshop Schedule

Our mission is to support educators in their quest to provide quality instruction to elementary, middle, and high school mathematics students. Our intent is to provide experiences to deepen mathematical understandings and to supply lessons that could be implemented in K-12 classrooms.

Spring 2018 Workshops

HEMS- Experience before Explanation: Engaging students in experiences to build ideas and understandings K-5.

Saturday, April 7th
UA Gould Simpson Building, Room 849

We often hear buzzwords in education like Student-Centered Instruction, Conceptual Understanding, Experiential learning, etc. What is the big idea that bridges these ideas, and what does it look like in a real classroom with real students? Come and engage in instruction designed to create experiences before explanations. In this workshop we will link these experiences to the ingredients of rigor and discuss how to facilitate these in your own classroom. We will also explore the role of questioning in a classroom that provides experiences before explanations. Finally, we will share shifts in thinking, planning, and facilitating that will help both students and the teacher find success in this approach to learning. Presented by Carrie Burdon from the Vail School District!


Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers
February 7 and March 7 (2-night series)
UA Gould Simpson Building, Room 849
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner will be served at 5PM)

As society becomes more steeped in “big data”, do you and your students feel a sense of information overload? Do you want to bring data into the classroom that both you and your students would find relevant? You can use data in your classroom to help students discern the truth and dispel the myths! Both math and social studies teachers use data but often approach it from different angles (‘punintentional’). Math teachers may have students analyze real-world datasets so students learn the power of statistics to inform real-life decision-making. Social science teachers may want to push students to critically examine datasets used in political or economic decision-making from a quantitative perspective. We hope you will join us to see how these angles are truly complementary! On February and March 7, the CRR, in cooperation with the Thomas R. Brown Foundation, will present a two-part series on statistical literacy, using datasets applicable to economics, U.S. Government, and other social science courses. The workshop will be comprised of approximately 50 percent each math and social science teachers, so you are guaranteed kindred spirits whichever subject you teach. This workshop will examine:

  • How data can spur us to ask questions
  • Data has underlying assumptions and definitions
  • Questions we should ask about a dataset/ becoming a data skeptic
  • The strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of a given dataset

Between the two sessions, you will use data with your students so that you may report back at the second session. We will provide excellent instruction from a PhD mathematician and real-world data analyst, and you will leave this series better equipped to use data with your students. In addition, we will feed you dinner and provide certificates for professional development hours.


Fall 2017 Workshops

Using Mapping Diagrams to Make Sense of Functions and Calculus

This workshop is comprised of TWO 2-hour sessions intended for high school math teachers who teach Algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and any preparation course for calculus.

Per Arizona’s new ESSA guidelines, participants must attend BOTH sessions in order to receive a professional development certificate.

Description: Participants will learn how to use mapping diagrams (MD) to make sense of functions and relate these to materials taught in calculus and in preparing for calculus. A mapping diagram is an alternative to a Cartesian graph that visualizes a function using parallel axes. Like a table, it can present finite date, but also can be used dynamically with technology.

An overview of basic function concepts with MD’s will begin the session using worksheets and Geogebra. Connections of MD's to key concepts in studying calculus and preparing to study calculus will follow showing the power of MD’s to make sense of function concepts of measurement, rate, composition, and approximation related to calculus.

*Please bring your laptop/tablet with Geogebra installed.

Presenter: Martin Flashman is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Humboldt State University. Professor Flashman has been teaching calculus since the beginning of his graduate work and for over 25 years has been working on a draft of the Sensible Calculus Book. More recently, he has been working on an on-line resource for mapping diagrams: Mapping Diagrams from A(lgebra) B(asics) to C(alculus) and D(ifferential) E(quation)s. A Reference and Resource Book on Function Visualizations Using Mapping Diagrams. http://users.humboldt.edu/flashman/MD/section-1.1VF.html

Presenter:       Martin Flashman
Dates:            Wednesdays – Oct. 18
and Nov. 8, 2017

Time:              5:30 – 7:30pm (Pizza and refreshments will be provided)

Location:         UA Gould-Simpson Building, room 849

To register click here (Google Form)

This is a two-part workshop. Teachers must attend and participate in BOTH sessions (PD certificates will only be provided to those who participate in both sessions). 

Materials from 1st session (10/18/17): http://users.humboldt.edu/flashman/Presentations/CRR2017/MD.CRR.I.html

Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminar (HEMS): 

Building Your Problem Solving Muscles: It is not as easy as it sounds!

by Toni Martinez (9/30/17) and Sara Thompson (10/28/17) 

This is a two-part series for teachers in grades 6-9. Per new AZ requirements, teachers must participate in both sessions.

Teachers from partnership schools/districts will receive a $50 stipend for participating in BOTH workshops.

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers from non-partner schools will incur a fee in order to attend workshops, and they will not receive a stipend for their attendance. 

Description: It is challenging to help secondary students become successful problem solvers. At the crux of that is helping them think algebraically. In this workshop we will use fundamental Algebra concepts to develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills in our students. We will flex their algebraic thinking muscles to better prepare students for higher level mathematics and for the workforce that they will enter.


Sept 30: Toni Martinez is a high school teacher in Gilbert public Schools at Desert Ridge High School. She has taught 7-12 grade mathematics for the past 21 years, and has endeavored to support students' development of fundamental mathematical understanding through reasoning and argumentation. Toni has been a Teacher Leader in the Queen Creek School District and a professional development provider for AZ College and Career Ready Standards Phase 1 professional learning in Maricopa County.

Oct 28: Sara Thompson is an 8th grade math teacher at Andersen Jr. High in the Chandler Unified School District. She has taught 8th grade pre-algebra, honors algebra, and honors geometry for the past 19 years. Sara and her family recently moved to Arizona from Wisconsin, where she also served as her district's math department chair and as a Teacher Leader and Math Coach for College Preparatory Math. Sara loves to collaborate and communicate with other teachers in an effort to create more math classrooms filled with problem solving, perseverance, and mathematical discourse among students.

This is a two-part series focused on middle grades mathematics. Stipends will only be provided to teachers who participate in both sessions.

Presenter:    Toni Martinez

Date:             Saturday - September 30, 2017

Time:             8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

This is only one week away and seats are limited, so please respond right away!

To register, please click HERE.

Remember, you are committing to attend both sessions (9/30/17 and 10/28/17).

We will contact you by email to confirm your registration and inform you about location and parking.

Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminar (HEMS): Desmos-The New Standard for Graphing Calculators – THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

This workshop is the second in a two-part series intended for teachers in grades 7-11. ONLY participants from the first session can attend this workshop, so please no unexpected attendees.

Description: Desmos is the always free, simple to use, all devices graphing calculator for mathematicians everywhere. Adopted as the official platform of AzMERIT, Desmos allows students to harness modern technology to explore mathematics in a whole new way. Easy to use, and extremely useful, Desmos can be employed by students and teachers of all abilities. This workshop will give an introduction to all that Desmos has to offer and challenge teachers with puzzles and problems that reveal how useful a modern tool like Desmos can be.

*Please bring your laptop/tablet and charger.


Presenter: Greg Epstein is new to the teaching profession, but is excited to begin a third year in the classroom. Having been formally trained as a computer scientist Greg worked several years as a software developer in Silicon Valley before making the switch to education. Greg believes strongly in efforts to reform math education, and works everyday to make the classroom more equitable and more relevant to the lives of all students. Aside from mathematics, Greg teaches AP Computer Science and is active in recruiting young women and other students from underrepresented demographics into STEM fields.

Presenter:     Greg Epstein
Date:            Saturday - September 23, 2017 

Registration is CLOSED.

Only participants who previously received confirmation may attend this workshop.

This is the second of a two-session series. Teachers must attend and participate in BOTH sessions (stipends will only be provided to those who participate in both sessions).

Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminar (HEMS): Promoting Mathematical Understanding Through Visualization Tools -- THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

This workshop is the first in a two-part series intended for teachers in grades 7-11. Teachers from partnership schools/districts will receive a $50 stipend for participating in BOTH workshops (Second workshop on September 23, 2017).

Many students struggle with abstract concepts. Algebra tiles provide a concrete understanding of abstract ideas.  Algebra tiles can be used to develop an understanding with integers, combining like terms, balancing equations, distributive property, adding and subtracting polynomials, multiplying polynomials, factoring, and completing the square. In this session we will look at many of these ideas and work together to develop a list of questions needed to help students reach a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Sharon Newman has been teaching for 15 years.  She has taught 7th grade math, 8th grade math, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, algebra 3, and Pima Math 151. Her academic accomplishments include a BS in Mathematics, a MA in Special Education, and recently completed a MA in Mathematics Education. She believes all students are capable of learning, some just need more of a hands on approach that gets students to the "why" the math works and students need time to "play" and process the ideas to reach mastery.

Presenter:     Sharon Newman

Date:            Saturday - August 26, 2017 

Time:            8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Registration through Google Form

This is the first of a two-part series. Teachers must participate in both sessions (stipends will only be provided to those who participate in both sessions).

We are currently planning our workshop schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. 
If you have topics you would like to see featured in these workshops, please let us know. These are topics we are planning at this time.

Grades K-5

Data and Measurement, Multiplication, Division, Fractions 

Middle School

Proportionality, Algebraic thinking

High School

Using Multiple Representations to Construct Deep Understanding of Algebra, Using Desmos to Explore High School Mathematics

The Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference is Saturday September 16, 2017 at Arizona State University Memorial Union registration will be posted at their website this summer.

Are you an NCTM Member?  The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) now offers free webinars for their members. Visit their website for available events.


CRR Workshops

Space for each workshop is limited. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Priority is given to teachers from partnership schools and districts. Teachers from schools that are not in our partnership will need to pay a fee to attend workshops. 
If you have questions about the workshops, or if you have trouble using the registration forms, please contact Rodrigo Gutiérrez.

CRR Partnerships

District Partners School Partners

Altar Valley School District

Amphitheater Public Schools

Benson Unified School District

Catalina Foothills School District

Continental School District

Flowing Wells Unified School District

Marana Unified School District

Sahuarita Unified School District

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

Sierra Vista Unified School District

Sunnyside Unified School District

Tanque Verde Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District

Vail School District

Academy of Tucson

AmeriSchools Academy

City High School

Highland Free School

Imago Dei Middle School

Paulo Freire Freedom School

Pima Community College

Presidio Schools (K-12)

San Miguel Catholic High School

The Gregory School

Tucson Country Day School