MƒA Course Catalog

MƒA teachers participate in and lead professional growth and enrichment opportunities throughout the year, ranging in focus from mathematics and science content to pedagogical practice and leadership.

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 2018 spring courses that MƒA teachers are leading and participating in during the remainder of the school year. 

Authentic Assessment: Round Tables in Practice

It can be challenging to find or design opportunities to assess student learning in ways that are meaningful, authentic, and support conceptual and lasting understanding of content. In this single session, we will share an assessment method used at our school, called Round Tables,[+] Read More that does just that. We will begin by defining what Round Tables are, the rationale behind them, and the thought process and steps that we take before we introduce the format to our students. We will also discuss how we implement Round Tables and explore the rubrics used to assess. By the end of the session, teachers will have a robust understanding of the logistics, purpose, and power of Round Tables and they will have the opportunity to think about how they can utilize these techniques in their own math and science classes to assess what students know, both formatively and summatively, without quizzes or tests.

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Facilitated by Ileana Solla and MƒA Master Teacher Giselle George-Gilkes

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | May 14

BrainWaves: Bringing Neuroscience Into The Classroom

Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly growing STEM fields, with increasing presence in public media and potentially important implications to everyday life. Yet, the presence of neuroscience in K-12 education is limited, and students are often unaware of the field's foundations[+] Read More and dramatic advances. This mini-course will introduce teachers to innovative methods of teaching neuroscience in the classroom. Teachers will be trained in using portable electroencephalogram (EEG) technology to record and analyze their own brainwaves. Discussions will focus on how this technology can be used to construct neuroscience research experiences in the classroom.

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Facilitated by Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.

Science | Feb 26, Mar 12, Mar 26

Bronx Math Teacher Meet-Up: Exploring Tasks that Allow for Multiple Entry Points

In this Bronx meet-up for mathematics teachers, we'll collaborate on creating lessons plans that implement effective tasks and experiences that support multiple entry points, allowing students to make choices with content, process, and or product, in order to increase engagement[+] Read More and learning outcomes.

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Facilitated by MƒA Master Teachers Michelle Boothe and Eloise Thompson

Mathematics | Mar 15

Building (and Re-Building) Authentic and Equitable Relationships with Students

Relationship building is an essential piece of teaching; how can we do it better? In this mini-course, teachers will explore both the challenges and possibilities of building authentic and equitable relationships with students. In the first session, we will look at relationship[+] Read More building strategies and identify and practice strategies that deepen and complicate our relationships with young people including sharing some of ourselves, modeling vulnerability, and acknowledging and exploring differences and similarities in our experiences, culture and identities. In the second session, we will identify both systemic and individual barriers to relationship building with a focus on bias-based beliefs and practices that hinder relationship building with students of color in particular. In the final session, we will focus on how biases and personal beliefs may show up in moments of student-teacher conflict and power struggles. We will identify strategies for responding to conflict with increased self-awareness and authenticity so that conflicts become opportunities for repairing, rebuilding and deepening our relationships with young people.

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Facilitated by Rachel Lissy, Ph.D., and Yaniyah Pearson

Inquiry, Practice, and Leadership | Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 20

Building Algebraic Routines: A Problem Strings Working Group

A big challenge for math teachers is to figure out ways to provide access to algebra and to help students make sense of algebraic skills. "Problem strings" are a tool to address this issue by providing a systematic approach for students to discover patterns and structures[+] Read More within mathematics by exploring a "string" of mathematical statements. In this PLT, we will discuss how to use problem strings as short interventions designed to help students better understand algebraic concepts. Together we will practice, develop and troubleshoot implementation of problem strings.

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Facilitated by MƒA Master Teachers Geoffrey Enriquez and Kari Ostrem

Mathematics | Mar 7, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 6

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