2017 Summer Institutes

AMTNJ’s 2017 Summer Institutes are Now Posted Below on this page.

Dianna M. Sopala, AMTNJ Past President and Executive Coordinator – Teacher Outreach, has announced the 2017 Summer Institutes. This year 21 full-day professional development Institutes are being offered. Learn to model mathematics in the classroom, assess students formatively, create new lesson plan ideas, and much more! The cost is $149 for the first workshop and $119 for each additional workshop. For a copy of the full schedule take this link.

All workshops will be from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch. Please bring your lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

Some sessions are popular and seats are limited. Therefore, payment must be received two weeks prior to the summer institute.

To receive a refund for a participant’s cancelations, AMTNJ must receive written notice two weeks prior to the workshop.

All cancelation emails must be sent to amtnj@juno.com and diannamsopala@yahoo.com.

AMTNJ reserves the right to cancel one week prior to an institute if the registration number is not met.

If you have any questions, please send an email to amtnj@juno.com and diannamsopala@yahoo.com
or call us at 732-788-1257. Our fax number is 732-399-5388. Our address is AMTNJ, PO Box 264, Bay Head, NJ 08742.

To register go to: Registration.


14.) Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders w/ Angelo DeMattia

For: Grades K – 12 Math & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors, School & District Administrators

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Location: West Windsor’s Board Office, at 321 Village Road East, West Windsor

Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

How can math teachers be supported on their journey to provide quality learning for their students? This workshop will help participants explore various support structures that will help attain the above goal. If you are new to math leadership, this session will help clarify this enormous task and will help you gain confidence as to where to begin. If you are experienced, this session will help you rethink the educational approaches and your training. Ultimately, you will improve as a knowledgeable practitioner, capable of using your extensive math understanding and teaching experiences to help children from varied cultural backgrounds become convincing mathematicians.

15.) Developing Mathematical Habits of the Mind – Thinking the Math Instead of Doing the Math w/Tom Beatini

For: Grades 6 – 12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Location: Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, Parsippany, NJ

Presenter: Tom Beatini

This workshop will provide you with resources that engage students in meaningful learning experiences to encourage students to think mathematically. Topics in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will be addressed that shift the focus of teaching around rich tasks. Pedagogical strategies and techniques that help students develop and foster mathematical habits of the mind through problem solving, modeling, and making mathematical connections will be discussed. Classroom-ready hands-on materials that focus on the development of conceptual and procedural knowledge utilizing these methods and suggestions that facilitate hard-to-teach topics (such as composition of functions) will be shared. Don’t forget to bring a graphing calculator, as it will be used to demonstrate techniques of upside-down teaching!


16.) Formulating Formative Assessments and Creating Quality Questions for Summative Assessments w/ Lena Komitas & Dianna M. Sopala

For: Grades 6 – 12 Teachers, Math & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors, School & District Administrators

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Location: Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, Parsippany, NJ

Presenters: Lena Komitas & Dianna M. Sopala

As teachers, we assess our students every day. This session will explore different formative assessment ideas. Some strategies will include the use of technology. The questions we incorporate into our formative and summative assessments are important. What kind of questions do we ask our students? Why do we ask these questions? Do we pose questions at the right time? We will discuss in this workshop various forms of questioning techniques, their purpose, and the cognitive level of questions (DOK and Bloom’s Taxonomy). Asking good questions can improve students’ engagement, provide us with information on what students know and do not know, and move them forward in their learning. The participants will have time to create various types of questions for given mathematical tasks/objectives that can be used for formative and/or summative assessments. How do teachers know that their assessments address the standards? Participants will use Student Achievement Partners’ Assessment Evaluation tool to evaluate
assessments and review Achieve the Core’s online assessment tools. All questions will be shared among the participants. Join us to start collaboratively planning your questions for the next school year!


17.) Help! My Students Don’t Remember What They Learned Last Year (K-2): Filling in the Gaps in Students’ Learning w/Denise Rawding

For: Grades K – 2 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors, School & District Administrators

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Location: Clifton High School Annex Clifton, NJ

Presenter: Denise Rawding

Do you want to learn how to address gaps in students’ math understanding and skills while still moving forward with the curriculum? In this workshop, you will learn how to identify prerequisite skills that support the current grade level’s math work. You will also explore ways to support students in building necessary prior understandings and skills through math centers and scaffolded lessons. Please bring a laptop.


18.) Tech in the Math Classroom Grades 7-12 w/ Dianna Sopala & Nicole Zayatz

For: Grades 7 – 12 Math Teachers & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Location: Clifton High School Annex, Clifton, NJ

Presenter: Dianna Sopala & Nicole Zayatz

How do you effectively use technology as an instruction tool and an assessment tool? Teachers will learn to use current apps to guide instruction and the learning process. Teachers will learn to use apps for assessments and use these data to help drive instruction. Please bring a charged laptop.


19.) A Visual Approach to Algebra & the NJ Standards w/ Angelo DeMattia

For: Grades 7 – 9 Math Teachers & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Location: North Hunterdon High School, Annandale, NJ

Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

Too few students can demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of algebraic relationships. This workshop will assist teachers in developing a more visually based lesson format. More visually based lessons create opportunities for students – including SE & ELL – to effectively make transitions from concrete ideas/visual to abstract concepts. The emphasis will be on applying the PAW process: P is for Pictures, A is for Algebra, and W is for words. Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps students attain a higher level of achievement on the new PARCC assessments and help teachers experience a new connection to the Common Core Standards. Bring your laptop and graphing calculator.


20.) Engaging Formative Assessment Techniques With Technology w/ Eric Milou

For: Grades 6 – 12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors, School & District Administrators

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017

Location: Clearview Regional School District, Mullica Hill, NJ

Presenter: Eric Milou

This session will have teachers engaging in several formative assessment tasks using free technology from Desmos to Nearpod. The tasks will demonstrate that we can engage students in their learning and assess their understanding in real time using such technology.


21.) Incorporating Desmos in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus Classes w/ Kathleen Carter

For: Grades 9 – 12 Math & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, Supervisors

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Location: North Hunterdon High School, Annandale, NJ

Presenter: Kathleen Carter

The use of the online Desmos calculator engages students in activities that incorporate the Common Core Mathematical Practices. In this session, Desmos activities will be shared that allow students to model using mathematics, explore transformations, and analyze functions and relations. Participants will be introduced to the Desmos Activity Builder Activities to learn to customize Desmos activities. The incorporation of Desmos will also allow students to make connections between graphs, data tables and equations. Bring a laptop or iPad.