IMPACTS-Middle School (MS)

Click IMPACTS-MS 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
  • 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 school year 2019-2020, 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 2019 Workshops

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.) 

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez. Justin Powell, and Janet Acree

Date:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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.

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

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.)

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, Amee Legarra, Katie Nicholas, and Eric Jungbluth

Dates:

Saturday, September 7th AND Saturday, September 21st

Time:

8:30am-12:30pm

Location:

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

Earn:

8 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.

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

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, including 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.)

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez. Maricruz Wilson, and Ariel Beggs

Date:

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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 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.

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

(Workshop details emailed to accepted participants)

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, 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.

(NOTE: 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. Jen Hendrickson, Eric Jungbluth, and Katie Nicholas

Date:

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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 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.

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

(Workshop details emailed to accepted participants)

Students in middle school need to learn how to learn mathematics together, yet we don’t often provide students with supports for talking and working together in productive ways. In this workshop, teachers will experience tasks designed to engage all students, learn more about drawing upon student strengths to address status, and practice supporting students in learning with and from each other.

This workshop is designed to help teachers in their second year of IMPACTS-MS participation to implement groupwork in their classrooms to facilitate mathematical learning.

Special guest facilitator: Dr. Marcy Wood.

Presenters:

Marcy Wood, Janet Acree, Justin Powell, and Rodrigo Gutiérrez

Date:

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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 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.
 

**THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

(Workshop details emailed to accepted participants)

Spring 2020 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 activities and tasks using concrete patterns, multiple representations, and ways to assist students in drawing connections between the two.  (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, Maricruz Wilson, Ariel Beggs, and Amee Legarra

Date:

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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 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 Coming Soon!**

(You will be notified within 1 week 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.  (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, Rob Hilliker, and Ariel Beggs

Date:

Saturday, March 7, 2020

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 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 Coming Soon!**

(You will be notified within 1 week if you have been accepted to the workshop)

Presenters:

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, Rob Hilliker, and Justin Powell

Date:

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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 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 Coming Soon!**

(You will be notified within 1 week if you have been accepted to the workshop)

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: Mansfeld Middle School, 1-4PM

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

Location: University of Arizona, ENR2 Building, Slot Canyon Cafe

Teacher leaders from around the country, as well as 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: