IMPACTS-Middle School

Click here for the IMPACTS-MS borchure: impacts_ms_brochure2.pdf

Starting in Summer 2018, the CRR began piloting an expansion of the IMPACTS program into the middle grades. The focus of the program is on developing teacher confidence and capability with the Critical Foundations of Algebra in middle school mathematics. 

During school year 2018-2019, the CRR will offer at least 6 IMPACTS-MS workshops open to ALL teachers from partner schools (see partner list below). These workshops will introduce teachers to the big ideas of algebraic reasoning in middle grades. 

The dates for the 2018-2019 workshops are (see details and links below):

  • August 18, 2018: Fractions and Fraction Operations
  • September 15, 2018: Ratios, Proportions, and Proportional Reasoning
  • October 27, 2018: Patterns and Visualization
  • December 1, 2018: Expressions, Equations, and (In)Equality
  • February 16, 2019: Conceptualizing Change and Graphing
  • March 2, 2019: Functions

Information about the school year workshops will be advertised through the CRR listserv, so please make sure you are on the list (see tab above).

For more information about the IMPACTS-MS program, please contact Rodrigo Gutiérrez at rodrigog@math.arizona.edu.

Fall 2018 Workshops

IMPACTS-MS

Expressions, Equations, and (In)Equality

 

Expressions, equations, and inequalities are critical concepts for students transitioning from the Elementary arithmetic to High School mathematics. Students progress from the world of concrete representations to abstract thinking, bringing to bear a variety of math trajectories. Workshop participants will explore strategies for building relevancy, excitement, and understanding through the use of manipulatives (such as Algebra Tiles), engaging tasks, and a sound understanding of student learning trajectories.

 

Come join us in developing a deep understanding of expressions, equations, and (in)equality in middle school mathematics.

Presenters:     Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Justin Powell, and Maricruz Wilson

Date:              Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time:             8:30am-12:30pm

Location:       UofA Tucson Campus TBD

Earn:          4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers in our partnership districts and schools (listed below) are invited to apply at no cost. Others may register for $60. Payment is due at the beginning of the session. Checks may be written to The University of Arizona CRR and MUST be mailed and received BEFORE the workshop. This is not considered a tax-deductible donation since it is a payment for services rendered. The mailing address is 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

**REGISTER HERE**


IMPACTS-MS

Patterns and Visualization

Patterns and visualization are critical areas for developing conceptual understanding mathematics across K-12. Building on elementary school students’ experiences with manipulatives and visual models, middle school teachers can extend the use of concrete and visual representations to connect fractions, ratios, proportions, linear relationships, and functions. Workshop participants will explore developmental trajectories related to the big ideas of pre-algebraic and algebraic thinking through the use of manipulatives and diagrams, including pattern tasks, area models, and Algebra Tiles. Come join us in developing a deeper understanding of patterns and visualization in mathematics.

Presenters:     Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Jen Hendrickson, and Maricruz Wilson

Date:              Saturday, October 27, 2018

Time:             8:30am-12:30pm

Location:       UofA Tucson Campus TBD

Earn:          4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers in our partnership districts and schools (listed below) are invited to apply at no cost. Others may register for $60. Payment is due at the beginning of the session. Checks may be written to The University of Arizona CRR and MUST be mailed and received BEFORE the workshop. This is not considered a tax-deductible donation since it is a payment for services rendered. The mailing address is 617 N. Santa Rita Ave Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

IMPACTS-MS

Ratios, Proportions, and Proportional Reasoning

Ratios and proportional relationships are critical areas for middle school mathematics and are foundational for further study in mathematics and science, as well as being useful for everyday life. The teaching of ratios and proportional reasoning should build on students’ work in measurement and in multiplication and division in the elementary grades, while also further developing fraction sense as students move from additive to multiplicative thinking. Come and explore the learning trajectory, tasks, and student supports for proportional reasoning, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the Big Idea and the 10 Essential Understandings of ratios, proportions, and proportional reasoning.

Presenters:     Rodrigo Gutiérrez and Rob Hilliker

Date:              Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time:             8:30am-12:30pm

Location:       UofA Tucson Campus TBD

Earn:          4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

 

IMPACTS-MS

Fractions and Fraction Operations: Foundations for Middle School Mathematics

Fractions and fraction operations are the foundations for middle school mathematics. They are essential for proportional reasoning, algebra, and probability, yet they are incredibly difficult to learn and teach. In middle schools, it is important to understand students’ previous experiences with fractions in order to develop their algebraic reasoning. Fractions operations intentionally and systematically grow from work in 3rd grade, culminating in fluency with operations with rational numbers in 7th grade. How do we help students move along the path? What strategies will build the concept clearly and understandably? How do we develop and integrate this fluency while also addressing other middle school math topics? Come and explore the conceptual path and strategies to move students to deeper understanding of fractions and fraction operations.

Presenters:     Rodrigo Gutiérrez

Date:              Saturday, August 18, 2018

Time:             8:30am-12:30pm

Location:       UofA Campus TBD

Earn:          4 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

 


Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) Conference January 26, 2019

      The teacher teams and teacher leaders will present sessions at the MEAD conference.

IMPACTS-MS Summer Institute June 10-14, 2019 (Tentative)

       6 teacher teams attend a one-week institute to deeply explore middle school mathematics and to design site plans for professional development to share strategies and content with colleagues in their schools.


The IMPACTS program is made possible by the generosity of the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation. The Thomas R. Brown Foundations are a legacy of Thomas R. Brown, and the company he built in Tucson, Arizona, Burr-Brown Corporation.

CRR and the many teachers served by The IMPACTS-MS Program are very grateful for the investment made by the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation.

Please Note: Teachers from non-partner schools may attend workshops, but they wil incur a fee related to the number of hours for the workshop. 

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

ACE Charter High School

AmeriSchools Academy

City High School

Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership 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

YouthWorks Charter High School