IMPACTS-Middle School (MS)

Click IMPACTS-MS program brochure.

The IMPACTS-MS program focuses on developing teacher confidence and capability with the Critical Foundations of Algebra in middle school mathematics, while also supporting opportunities for teacher leadership.

The program consists of 5 components (see Program Agreements for more details):

  • Teacher Workshops on Saturdays throughout the school year (open to all teachers with no further commitments)
  • Summer Middle School Mathematics Institute for Teacher Teams engaged in site-based leadership
  • Site-based support for Teacher Teams by CRR staff
  • Teacher Leadership Retreat for teachers engaged in regional/district leadership
  • Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference (MEAD)

During the school year, the CRR will offer 10 IMPACTS-MS workshops open to ALL Arizona teachers (see workshop descriptions). These workshops introduce teachers to the big ideas of algebraic reasoning in middle grades, with some Level 2 options for those looking for deeper investigations of middle school mathematics topics.

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

For more information about the IMPACTS-MS program or to form a Teacher Team, please contact Rodrigo Gutiérrez at rodrigog@math.arizona.edu.


Fall 2021 Workshops (Online by Zoom)

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 this path? What strategies will build the concepts clearly and understandably? How do we develop and integrate fluency while also addressing other middle school math topics? Come and explore the developmental path and strategies to move students to deeper understanding of fractions and fraction operations.

(Activities will be different from last year's Fractions workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.) 

NOTE: This is a TWO PART workshop. Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the group.

**PLEASE ONLY REGISTER IF YOU CAN ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS!

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Shawn Hedayati, Amee Legarra, Katie Nicholas, and Maricruz Zepeda-Wilson

Date:

Saturday, August 21 AND Saturday, September 11, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

8 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

 ***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

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.

(Activities will be different from last year's Ratios workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: This is a TWO PART workshop. Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the group.

**PLEASE ONLY REGISTER IF YOU CAN ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS!

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez. Ariel Beggs, Rebeka Denson, Shawn Hedayati, and Amee Legarra

Dates:

Saturdays, September 18 AND October 2, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

8 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

Patterns and visualization are critical areas for developing conceptual understanding of 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 (e.g., pattern tasks, area models, and Algebra Tiles). Come join us in developing a deeper understanding of patterns and visualization in mathematics.

(Activities will be different from last year's workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the CRR.

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Ariel Beggs, and Jen Hendrickson

Date:

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You will be notified within 7-14 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

Expressions, equations, and inequalities are critical concepts for students transitioning from 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 relevance, excitement, and understanding through the use of manipulatives, 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 secondary mathematics.

(Activities will be different from last year's workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the CRR.

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Rebeka Denson, and Justin Powell

Date:

Saturdays, November 13, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

(You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

In this workshop, we will explore multiple ways to modify existing tasks and engage in instructional practices that enhance the mathematical experiences for your students. With a focus on Experiences before Explanations, come learn about the power of storytelling and raising the stakes during multi-sensory tasks. Time will be provided for teachers to collaboratively discuss and modify tasks from their curriculum. Please come prepared with tasks you would like to spend time “workshopping” with colleagues.

This workshop is designed to help teachers with previous experience with IMPACTS-MS workshops to dive deeper into their instruction, but it is open to ALL.

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Janet Acree, and Maricruz Zepeda-Wilson

Date:

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

4 hours of professional development credit for recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

(You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)


Spring 2022 Workshops

(Hybrid with in-person and online participants)

Patterns, functions, and graphs - what’s the difference? An expectation in secondary mathematics is to develop student understanding using patterns to represent, model, and analyze relationships in the real world. Come join us as we explore covariation and correspondence through patterns, concrete models, 4-column tasks, and multiple representations.  

(Activities will be different from last year's workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the CRR.

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Amee Legarra, and Jen Hendrickson

Date:

Saturday, February 12, 2022

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 recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

**REGISTRATION COMING SOON**

(You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

What is a function and why do we learn about them? What is important for middle school students to understand as they prepare for high school mathematics? What are the advantages and challenges to moving students beyond linear representations? Come join us as we explore activities and tasks using concrete patterns, multiple representations, and ways to assist students as they develop their understanding of functions and functional relationships.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers of 5th grade through high school, paying particular application to the transition to high school mathematics. 

(Activities will be different from last year's workshops, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: Participants will be expected to take a task back to their classrooms, collect and analyze student work, and share their reflections with the CRR.

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Janet Acree, and Justin Powell

Date:

Saturday, March 5, 2022

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 recertification.

***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

**REGISTRATION COMING SOON**

(You will be notified within 7-10 days if you have been accepted to the workshop)

Description coming soon.  

This workshop is designed to help teachers with previous experience with IMPACTS-MS workshops to dive deeper into their instruction, but it is open to ALL.  

Facilitators:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Ariel Beggs, Katie Nicholas, and Marcy Wood

Date:

Saturday, April 9, 2022

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 recertification.

 ***Teachers from Arizona schools 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 UA Math-CRR, 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721-0089.

**REGISTRATION COMING SOON**


Other Events

A two-day leadership retreat will be offered to teachers who have demonstrated strong professional growth and a desire to become regional mathematics facilitators. The content and pedagogy focus will prepare them to provide regional professional development workshops throughout the school year.

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

Location: Online by Zoom (details on Events tab)

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.

Location: TBD

Teacher leaders from around the country, including IMPACTS Teacher Teams and Teacher Leaders, present sessions at the MEAD Conference.

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

Location: TBD

8 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. 

Students preparing to enter 6th grade participate in the weeklong Learning Lab where they work in small groups to explore concepts critical to middle grade mathematics. Lab stations are facilitated by local teachers who are refining their instructional practices to best support group collaboration and students’ conceptual understanding. Teacher Leaders from the IMPACTS program serve as whisper coaches to help teachers reflect on and improve their pedagogical moves.

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.

Summer Institute 2019 Participants:

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