MƒA Course Catalog
MƒA teachers are committed to learning, so we create opportunities for their growth and to sustain them in their teaching careers. We offer a range of high quality, STEM-focused professional workshops and events on most evenings throughout the school year. Browse our 2016 fall courses that MƒA teachers are leading and participating in during the remainder of the year.
A Performance Assessment Cycle in Mathematics: Moving from Design to Implementation
Teachers are often asked to use a "performance assessment" or "performance task" in their mathematics classrooms. But there's a wide gap between giving students an assignment and engaging students in an instruction-assessment cycle. In this mini-course,[+] Read More participants will plan for and implement a performance task with specific attention to the learning that occurs during the process. Rather than merely evaluating learning, this process is designed to foster it. We'll examine work and craft feedback to students -- feedback that is designed to promote students' thinking. This course will examine performance assessments across grades, with a special focus on the major mathematical concepts developed in kindergarten through eighth grade.[-] Read Less
Facilitated by Joshua Dragoon
Math Pedagogy | Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 3
Advanced Sports Statistics
The world of sports was forever changed by a security guard at a pork and beans factory. Bill James revolutionized statistics in baseball by taking a critical look at what attributes were being measured as he looked to improve upon them in order to better predict the performance[+] Read More of players and teams. Today this approach is changing the way that teams prepare, announcers comment, and fans watch numerous sports. In this workshop, we will take a brief look at some of the work influenced by James and how different "advanced" statistics were developed and are used across baseball, basketball, and soccer. We will start by looking at the principles involved in creating an expected runs matrix for baseball and at how that method can translate to evaluating soccer and basketball.[-] Read Less
Facilitated by MfA Early Career Teacher Adam Santos
Math Content | Jun 1
Algebraic Programming with Bootstrap
How should we teach students to work with functions to solve complex problems? For teachers who have ever grappled with this question, the Bootstrap curriculum offers an intriguing way to approach functions. Bootstrap provides a fun and clear pedagogy for teaching students to define[+] Read More and apply functions through its unique blend of computing and mathematics. In this mini-course we will explore the Racket programming language and the Bootstrap pedagogy. In the first session, we will learn to evaluate Racket expressions through two innovative approaches we call "Circles of Evaluation" and "Contracts and Purpose Statements." In the second session, we learn the "Design Recipe," a step-by-step problem solving process that connects expressions and functions. Finally, we'll dive into practicing our function design skills by decoding word problems using the design recipe. A range of next-steps will be offered for teachers who wish to continue their computer science learning and to incorporate computing into their classrooms.[-] Read Less
Facilitated by Emmanuel Schanzer, Ed.D. and MfA Early Career Teacher Eric Allatta
Computer Science and Technology | Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 15
All Learners Learning Every Day (ALL-ED) - Part Two
This mini-course is designed for participants who have taken ALL-ED - Part One. Everyday, teachers make split-second decisions on their feet and deliberate over instructional decisions in planning. In this case-based module, participants will practice decision-making and evaluate[+] Read More when instructional strategies result in effective differentiated instruction - including when decisions lead to less effective results for learners. In addition to solving instructional dilemmas related to differentiated instruction as a team, participants will also bring problems from their own classroom experiences to gain possible solutions. Participants will monitor their own agility in making instructional decisions to tailor instruction on their feet in the classroom through a self-regulated learning journal and analyze their own reflections to learn more about decision-making in the classroom.[-] Read Less
Facilitated by Rhonda Bondi, Ph.D.
Inquiry and Practice | Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 28
AP Biology: Developing Science Practices through Investigations and Instruction
This PLT shares best practices to bring the rigor of a college level biology course to AP Biology high school students. We will focus on how we can help our students develop proficiency in the seven Science Practices defined by the College Board in the AP Biology curriculum. We[+] Read More will explore labs from the AP Biology Lab Manual, as well as useful variations and viable alternative labs to help us to meet diverse time and lab resource constraints. We will share strategies for how to incorporate student use of the Science Practices including experimental design, data presentation, analysis and interpretation, and model building and interpretation, into our lessons on a regular basis. We will work together to create a shared bank of resources such as classic and recent primary source data with accompanying critical thinking questions, dedicated to building our students' science skills through daily classroom practice.[-] Read Less
Facilitated by MfA Master Teachers Shilini Budhram and Marisa Wagner, Ph.D.
Science Pedagogy | Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 15