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AMTNJ Spring 2022 Engage Series

Back by popular demand, the AMTNJ will offer three PD sessions called AMTNJ’s Engage Series. Each series is designed to facilitate engagement with a variety of mathematics educators.  All sessions will run on Mondays and are available for free via ZOOM. Please note that these sessions will be recorded.

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Session 1: MON FEB 7, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Dr. John Kerrigan

SAT Mathematics: A Content and Reasoning Perspective

​This session gives secondary teachers an overview of the content of the SAT Mathematics section. A particular emphasis will be placed on alignment to NJSLS, strategies for infusing SAT reasoning and problem-solving skills in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes, and a look at sample items for further discussion. Resources will be provided to teachers to bring back to their classrooms for next-day use.


Session 2: MON FEB 21, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Emily Carlock and Jacqueline Tishler

A Model of Just in Time Intervention

We know that students, especially this year, are displaying gaps in their knowledge, but addressing these deficiencies is challenging. To accommodate this, we designed chapter pre-assessments targeting prerequisite skills needed for success with the upcoming topic using the Achieve the Core Coherence Map as a guide to help identify the continuity of standards. Before starting the chapter, these pre-assessments are administered to determine the gaps or weaknesses that need to be addressed “right now”. Results help guide classroom instruction and identify students who may need more intense intervention.


Session 3: MON FEB 28, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Dr. Kara Teehan

Using Just in Time Intervention Techniques in the Math Classroom

The speaker will discuss Tier I intervention strategies that all teachers can implement in their high school math classes to reach most students in the normal classroom setting. She will describe the process of identifying and working with intervention students, including goal setting and progress monitoring. She will speak about ideal push-in intervention practices with specific examples from freshman and sophomore high school math classes and discuss Tier II and Tier III intervention for high school students in small group and one-on-one settings.

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Session 1: MON MAR 7, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Danielle Seibert, Rose Scullion, Abby Friend, and Melanie Tindall

Counting! It’s not just for Kindergarten anymore!

In this session, the traditional definition of counting will be challenged. Ideas for choral counting, counting circles, and counting routines for upper elementary students will be discussed and shared. Attendees will walk away with ideas to implement fraction, decimal, and whole number counting routines in their 3-5 classrooms.


Session 2: MON MAR 14, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Leighann Layton and Danielle Ventrello

Molding a Math Mindset

Are you looking for ways to help students be sense-makers rather than answer getters? Get ready to explore engaging tasks designed to ignite mathematical curiosity, spark reasoning and promote rich math discourse.


Session 3: MON MAR 21, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Dr. Nicole Hreno

Running Records

Looking for a way to better evaluate students’ math fact fluency in order to assess both their conceptual understandings and automaticity? Then, join this virtual workshop on Dr. Nicki Newton’s Math Running Records. We will explore why this assessment method will allow for more strategic planning of fact fluency intervention, practice administering an assessment, and collaboratively evaluate student results to plan instructional strategies. This assessment tool is geared toward K-5 but may also benefit students beyond the elementary grade levels who continue to struggle with fact fluency.

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Session 1: MON APR 4, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Dr. Rebecca McLelland-Crawley

Mindfulness for the Stressed Out Teacher

Join us as we explore mindfulness techniques and strategies to support our own well-being. This session will be interactive.


Session 2: MON APR 11, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Dr. Mary Lou Decosterd

Wellness Break: Tools to Relax Your Body and Mind

The topic looks at quick and effective ways to de-stress in the moment and throughout the day as a means of bolstering your overall physical and mental health.


Session 3: MON APR 18, 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern offered by Julia Episcopo and Brittany Airey

Being Mindful About Student Mindfulness

This PD will address the research as well as ways to incorporate realistic mindfulness exercises and practices for everyday math classrooms. We would also like to take time during the PD to alleviate math anxieties.

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