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Success in Mathematics: Teaching Students with the Quality of Instructional Practice in Algebra

Success in Mathematics: Teaching Students with the Quality of Instructional Practice in Algebra
March 23, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades 6-12, Professional Development


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Success in Algebra is critical to success in mathematics. Algebra serves as a gatekeeper to later mathematics, and access to algebra has expanded to more diverse populations of students in recent decades. Yet algebra instruction has shifted focus over time from rules, procedures, and symbolic manipulation to functional relationships, patterns and structure, contextualized problems, and algebraic thinking and reasoning—aspects of instruction that aren't always addressed by general instructional approaches.

This session from the University of Delaware Partnership for Public Education features a free instructional toolkit co-designed by researchers and algebra teachers to help you support your students to become fluent and flexible problem-solvers and to better understand the "why" behind the concepts. The resources in this toolkit reflect a research-based framework (Quality of Instructional Practice in Algebra) that outlines five aspects of instruction that support algebra learning: supporting procedural flexibility, making sense of procedures, connecting across representations, situating the mathematics, and building connections between numeric and abstract algebraic ideas. The session will be an opportunity to explore the framework and toolkit and learn ways to use the resources in your classroom.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Higher Ed Faculty

Dr. Erica Litke is an assistant professor in mathematics education at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. Prior to that, Dr. Litke taught high school mathematics at a public school in New York City, where she was a Math for America Master Teacher. Her research focuses on describing and analyzing instructional practice in mathematics. She is particularly interested in algebra and how issues of instruction connect to broader policy-related issues in education. She considers the ways in which professional learning can support teachers to develop content-specific and equity-focused instructional practices and has partnered with and supported teachers in New York City, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, and Delaware.




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SML2022 Handout_QIPA Framework.pdf

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SML2022_Supporting Algebra Teaching Handout2.pdf

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