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 9 IMPACTS-MS workshops open to ALL teachers from partner schools (see workshop descriptions and CRR partner list below). 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 2020 Workshops (All online)

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 workshop, 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!

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez. Amee Legarra, Ariel Beggs, Janet Acree, and Katie Nicholas

Date:

Saturday, August 15 AND Saturday, August 29, 2020

Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Location:

Remote via Zoom (Link provided by email to those accepted)

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 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 workshop, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

NOTE: This is a THREE 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 ALL THREE SESSIONS!

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez. Jen Hendrickson, Amee Legarra, Katie Nicholas, and Eric Jungbluth

Dates:

Saturdays, September 12 AND September 19 AND September 26

Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Location:

Remote via Zoom (Link provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:

6 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.

**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 workshop, 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!

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Jen Hendrickson, and Maricruz Zepeda-Wilson

Date:

Saturdays, October 31 AND November 7, 2020

Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Location:

Remote via Zoom (Link 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 middle school mathematics.

(Activities will be different from last year's workshop, 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!

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Jen Hendrickson, and Justin Powell

Date:

Saturdays, November 14 AND November 21, 2020

Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Location:

Remote via Zoom (Link 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)

Though regularly used in elementary school, games are often overlooked and underutilized in middle school math. Not only do they promote student engagement, but they also provide opportunities for discourse, argumentation, in-context practice, and development of new ideas.

Come join us for a fun-filled session to see the power of games for both instruction and assessment in the middle grades.  

Activities will be applicable for remote, in-person, and asynchronous instruction.

This workshop is designed to help teachers with previous experience with IMPACTS-MS workshops.

 

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Janet Acree, Ariel Beggs, and Katie Nicholas

Date:

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time:

9:00am-12:30pm (3.5 hours)

Location:

Remote via Zoom (Link provided by email to those accepted)

Earn:

3.5 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 2021 Workshops

Patterns, functions, and graphs - what’s the difference? An expectation in middle school 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 workshop, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Ariel Beggs, and Maricruz Zepeda-Wilson

Date:

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

UofA Tucson Campus TBD (Details provided by email to registrants)

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 Functions workshop, so teachers who attended last year should still consider attending this year's workshop.)

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Justin Powell, and Maricruz Zepeda-Wilson

Date:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

UofA Tucson Campus TBD (Details provided by email to registrants)

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)

This workshop is designed to help teachers with previous experience with IMPACTS-MS workshops.  

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez and IMPACTS-MS Teacher Leaders

Date:

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

UofA Tucson Campus TBD (Details provided by email to registrants)

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.

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

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

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: University of Arizona CRR

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:

Summer Institute 2018 Participants: