IMPACTS Program for Teachers in Grades K Through 5

Elements of the IMPACTS K-8 Program

Teacher Workshops, Teacher Leader Retreat, Mathematics Educators Appreciation Day conference, and Summer K-5 Institute

A series of teacher workshops is offered throughout the school year to address major mathematical content in grades K through 5 and 6-8.  View the IMPACTS K-8 brochure.

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Spring 2022 Workshops

How can students discover attributes and structures through exploration? Come experience the world of geometry in a new way. Look at figures and shapes in new ways, and discover new relationships. Participants will experience investigations designed to support K-2 students' discovery and conceptualization of geometric attributes and structures, including the early conceptualization of fractions. Participants will explore the optimal progression for learning big ideas of geometry. Geometry is an area with significant misconceptions, come and uncover these.

Presenters:   Ashley Whittier & Leigh Diebold

Date:             January 8th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      In-person at UArizona Tucson campus. Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Decimals are introduced as fractions in fourth grade and as magnitudes of place value in fifth grade. How do we make strong connections between these ideas and domains? How do we help students develop a robust understanding of decimals? And how do we help students learn conceptual strategies for operations with decimals? Come and explore these ideas. Please note that this second part will solely focus on decimal division. This workshop is open to all, regardless of attendance to the first part.

Presenters:  Jolene Horn & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             January 8th

Time:            1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom.

Earn:             2 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

Do you wish you could work with a small group while the rest of your learners are engaged in rich mathematics? Have you wondered how and why to use small group instruction and centers or stations? Come experience how we can meet our learners where they are at by providing responsive instruction. Experience the power of small group instruction, centers, and stations so we can get the most out of our math time!

Presenters:   Lori Valentine, Debbie Black, Agi Post, & Jolene Horn

Date:             January 15th

Time:            8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

REGISTER HERE!

Arizona's largest mathematics education event! FREE for all Arizona teachers and school personnel.

Place Value is a crucial understanding students develop across their elementary experience. Why does it seem to come easier to some students than other students? What is involved in understanding place value? What tools and strategies will help students develop place value understanding? Come and learn conceptual strategies to teach place value that will foster deeper understanding and support students’ understanding of other elementary maths.

Presenters:  Ryann Cagle, Nancy Casagrande & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             January 29th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:       Liberty Elementary School District Office, 19871 W. Fremont Rd., Buckeye, AZ 85326

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

REGISTER HERE!

How can students discover properties, attributes, and structures through exploration? Come experience the world of geometry in a new way. Look at figures and shapes in new ways, and discover new relationships. Participants will experience investigations designed to support 3rd-5th grade students' discovery and conceptualization of geometric properties, attributes, and structures. Participants will explore the optimal progression for learning big ideas of geometry. Geometry is an area with significant misconceptions, come and uncover these. 

Presenters:   Beatriz Santa Cruz & Dwight Valencia

Date:             February 5th

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      In-person at UArizona Tucson campus. Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Addition and subtraction are the foundation of elementary mathematics. These operations intentionally and systematically grow from work in Kindergarten through grade 3, culminating in fluency with addition and subtraction in grade 4. How do we help students move along the path? What strategies will build the concept clearly and understandably? Come and explore the conceptual path and strategies to move students to deeper understanding of addition and subtraction.

Presenters:   Nancy Casagrande, Ryann Cagle, & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             February 12th

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      Bustoz Professional Learning Center

                      2020 E. Carson Dr., Tempe, 85282

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

REGISTER HERE!

Have you ever wondered how and where the teaching of fractions starts?   What if there was a way to build fraction sense like how number sense is built?  Come explore the foundational geometric and fraction standards and how you can better support students’ understanding of equivalence, comparisons, and operations with fractions. 

Presenters:   Carrie Burdon, Debbie Black & Leigh Diebold

Date:             February 12th

Time:            8:30AM - 12:30PM

Location:      TBD

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

Register Here!

Estimation and rounding are not only crucial understandings and skills that develop as we learn about place value, but these are also crucial to a deep understanding of place value. Come and explore ways in which we can help students understand why estimation is crucial, why "5" in rounding always rounds up, and why visual tools are crucial in building and understanding.

Presenters:   Jennifer Dwosh & Edna Cole

Date:             February 19th

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      In-person at UArizona Tucson campus. Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Children love playing games, and games are an excellent way to build flexibility and fluency, while reinforcing key understandings. Come explore games designed to build fluency with counting, addition. And subtraction. We will use games that require few materials but provide plenty of fun.

Presenters:   Ashley Whittier, Nancy Casagrande & Leigh Diebold

Date:             March 5th

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      In-person at UArizona Tucson campus. Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Students need to understand the meaning of multiplication beyond repeated addition & the meaning of division beyond repeated addition and repeated subtraction. They also need multiple strategies to multiply and divide that will help them make sense of what they are doing. Come and learn multiple conceptual strategies for multiplication and division that will foster greater student success and a deeper meaning for multiplication and division leading to fluency.

Presenters:   Nancy Casagrande, Ryann Cagle, & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             March 26th

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      Bustoz Professional Learning Center

                      2020 E. Carson Dr., Tempe, 85282

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

REGISTER HERE!

Children love playing games, and games are an excellent way to build flexibility and fluency, while reinforcing key understandings. Come explore games designed to build fluency with fractions, multiplication, and division. We will use games that require few materials but provide plenty of fun.

Presenters:   Jolene Horn & Leigh Diebold

Date:             April 2nd

Time:            8:00AM - 12:00PM

Location:      TBD

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

Register Here!

The most impactful way to help students grow in their understanding of mathematics is to strengthen their number sense. In this workshop we will consider all the phases of a successful intervention program, including identifying student needs, organizing and choosing meaningful tasks, and modifying groupings and tasks based on students’ progress along a number sense trajectory.

Presenters:   Agi Post & Janet Acree

Date:             April 23rd

Time:            8:30AM - 12:30PM

Location:      In-person at UArizona Tucson campus. Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

REGISTER HERE!

Teacher teams attend a one-week institute to deeply explore the progression of learning for elementary or middle school mathematics, working together to design site plans for professional development to share strategies and content with colleagues in their schools. If interested please complete the form below. Questions? Please contact Melissa Hosten (mhosten@math.arizona.edu)

Date:             June 13-17

Time:            8:00AM - 4:00PM

REGISTER HERE!

Fall 2021 Workshops

Addition and subtraction are the foundation of elementary mathematics. These operations intentionally and systematically grow from work in Kindergarten through grade 3, culminating in fluency with addition and subtraction in grade 4. How do we help students move along the path? What strategies will build the concept clearly and understandably? Come and explore the conceptual path and strategies to move students to deeper understanding of addition and subtraction.  This is a TWO PART workshop.

Presenters:   Melissa Hosten

Date:             August 14th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Description: The key to helping kids understand and successfully solve word problems is to help them visualize and decide the overall “structure” and relationships of any given problem.   Students are then able to model their problems using tape diagrams, which will then show them what operations to use in order to find the missing piece.  Participants will  have the opportunity to model problems of various structures using tape diagrams and analyze examples of well-labeled tape diagrams.

Presenters:    Agi Post and Elisabeth Bankhead

Date:             August 21st

Time:            8:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Are you struggling with learner engagement? Come and explore the power of complex Instruction to improve problem solving, deepen learning, and increase engagement.  You will learn how to encourage equitable participation through various structures. You will experience how complex Instruction can work across mathematical standard clusters.

Presenters:    Agi Post & Elisabeth Bankhead

Date:             September 11th

Time:            8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Students need to understand the meaning of multiplication beyond repeated addition & the meaning of division beyond repeated addition and repeated subtraction. They also need multiple strategies to multiply and divide that will help them make sense of what they are doing. Come and learn multiple conceptual strategies for multiplication and division that will foster greater student success and a deeper meaning for multiplication and division leading to fluency.

Presenters:  Carrie Burdon & Leigh Diebold

Date:             September 18th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register here!

Place Value is a crucial understanding students develop across their elementary experience. Why does it seem to come easier to some students than other students? What is involved in understanding place value? What tools and strategies will help students develop place value understanding? Come and learn conceptual strategies to teach place value that will foster deeper understanding and support students’ understanding of other elementary maths. 

Presenters:   Elisabeth Bankhead & Edna Cole

Date:             September 25th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Fostering Productive Struggle in K-5: Have you wondered how to foster perseverance in your learners? Have you looked for supports to use for fostering productive struggle? Come and experience ways in which you can support productive struggle in your classroom community. We will explore the six actions for fostering productive struggle and ways these can lead us to develop perseverance in our young learners.

Presenters:   Lori Valentine

Date:             September 25th

Time:            1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

What specific strategies and ideas will lay a strong number sense foundation for our youngest learners. How can we create opportunities for them to develop a robust sense of number? Come and explore the early understandings of numbers in an interactive and strategic way. We will discuss how to support this sense of number in relevant and practical ways with our young learners. 

Presenters:   Lori Valentine & Leigh Diebold

Date:             October 2nd

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

There is a significant history of common mathematical teaching and learning practices for students in special education. But, which practices are BEST for these learners? Which strategies and models help students in special education find success and understanding? Come and experience a set of these strategies and models, and discuss why these are successful with learners in special education. 

Presenters:   Nancy Casagrande

Date:             October 2nd

Time:            1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

A stronger understanding is built when students engage in experiences before they engage with explanations. Are you trying to make sense of the Launch-Explore-Discuss-Close lesson structure? Would you like more information about that lesson structure and how it engages students more deeply? Come and experience the EbeforeE lesson structure and dig into each component.

Presenters:   Carrie Burdon & Debbie Black

Date:             October 16th

Time:            8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

How can we improve students' mathematics and writing at the same time? How can we help mathematics appeal to a budding author, or help writing appeal to a budding data scientist? Writing in mathematics should benefit both writing and mathematics understanding, while also being purposeful and intentional. Come and explore the purposes for writing in mathematics, useful formats, and many ways that we can write in the elementary mathematics classroom. This is a two-day workshop, and therefore, we will only accept registrants that can attend BOTH sessions. This is a level 2 workshop, allowing teachers that have had experience with IMPACTS sessions to dig deeper. Teachers will collect student mathematics writing in between sessions, and share during session 2. 

Presenters:    Nancy Casagrande & Melissa Hosten

Date:             October 23rd

Time:            1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

Decimals are introduced as fractions in fourth grade and as magnitudes of place value in fifth grade. How do we make strong connections between these ideas and domains? How do we help students develop a robust understanding of decimals? And how do we help students learn conceptual strategies for operations with decimals? Come and explore these ideas.

Presenters:   Jolene Horn & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             October 30th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to help students build a sense of fractions the way they build a sense of number? Come and explore ways to build students’ fractions sense in such a way as to support their understanding of equivalence, comparisons, and operations with fractions.  

Presenters:   Beatriz Santa Cruz & Dwight Valencia

Date:             November 6th 

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Building fractions sense requires students to have robust visual models and flexible understandings of fractions. We will explore the operations of fractions through sense-making visually rich experiences. Come and engage with fractions deeply. Part 2 of this workshop will be on November 20th and signing up for Part 1 covers signs you up for part 2

Presenters:   Edna Cole

Date:             November 6th

Time:            12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3.5 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

Fraction Multiplication and Division understandings are uncovered through mathematically rich tools and discussions. Join us and you will build, draw, and discuss fraction multiplication and division. We will use representations to build deeper understandings of fraction multiplication and division. Bring your playful inquisitive minds, but leave "flip and multiply" at home!

Presenters:   Beatriz Santa Cruz & Dwight Valencia

Date:             November 20th 

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

How can we improve students' mathematics and writing at the same time? How can we help mathematics appeal to a budding author, or help writing appeal to a budding data scientist? Writing in mathematics should benefit both writing and mathematics understanding, while also being purposeful and intentional. Come and explore the purposes for writing in mathematics, useful formats, and many ways that we can write in the elementary mathematics classroom. This is a two-day workshop, and therefore, we will only accept registrants that can attend BOTH sessions. This is a level 2 workshop, allowing teachers that have had experience with IMPACTS sessions to dig deeper. Teachers will collect student mathematics writing in between sessions, and share during session 2.

Presenters:   Nancy Casagrande & Leigh Diebold

Date:             November 20th

Time:            1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

Do you wish you could work with a small group while the rest of your learners are engaged in rich mathematics? Have you wondered how and why to use small group instruction and centers or stations? Come experience how we can meet our learners where they are at by providing responsive instruction. Experience the power of small group instruction, centers, and stations so we can get the most out of our math time!

Presenters:   Lori Valentine & Debbie Black

Date:             December 4th

Time:            8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Do you wish you could work with a small group while the rest of your learners are engaged in rich mathematics? Have you wondered how and why to use small group instruction and centers or stations? Come experience how we can meet our learners where they are at by providing responsive instruction. Experience the power of small group instruction, centers, and stations so we can get the most out of our math time! 

Presenters:   Agi Post & Jolene Horn

Date:             December 4th

Time:            1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:      Remote via Zoom. (Details provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:             3 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Register Here!

Addition and subtraction are the foundation of elementary mathematics. These operations intentionally and systematically grow from work in Kindergarten through grade 3, culminating in fluency with addition and subtraction in grade 4. How do we help students move along the path? What strategies will build the concept clearly and understandably? Come and explore the conceptual path and strategies to move students to deeper understanding of addition and subtraction.

Presenters:   Nancy Casagrande, Ryann Cagle & Jennifer Dwosh

Date:             December 11th

Time:             8:00am - 12:00pm

Location:       19871 W Fremont Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326 (Details provided by email to those accepted)

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

Register Here!

Other Webinars

A community day for families and people of all ages filled with balloon racing, water tables, and wind sculptures. Open to all of the Tucson community.

Teachers, students, and their families will join the CRR for a night of fun, playing math, logic, and board games.

Teacher leaders from around the country, as well as IMPACTS teacher teams and teacher leaders present sessions at the MEAD Conference.

Description: Teachers, students, mentors, and families will play games, do puzzles, and explore mathematics concepts around circles and pi.

Location: University of Arizona CRR

Registration coming soon!

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

Complete this application

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 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 will incur a fee related to the number of hours for the workshop.