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  Three PD opportunities for SD math teachers launch this summer

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering math teachers three unique training opportunities beginning this summer:

Foundational Mathematics course
Our Foundational Mathematics course is targeted to elementary educators. This two-day course will provide educators an opportunity to learn and discuss the fundamental math progressions embedded in students’ understanding of number sense.

Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practice teaching methods for teaching mathematics, lesson development to include the Mathematical Practice Standards, and assessing student understanding of numeracy and number relationships.

Register: July 20-21, Pierre

Book study: Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices
This summer will launch a year-long book study of Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

The book study will begin with three regional workshops (Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City). At this kick-off session, educators will learn and discuss practices for using the South Dakota Unpacked Standards Documents and implement the teaching practices discussed in the book.

Teachers will receive a copy of the book and participate in a virtual book study through the 2020-21 school year.

Register for a kick-off session:

Virtual Math Coaching
We will continue the Virtual Math Coaching program during the 2020-21 school year. This program is a wonderful way to connect with teachers across our state, and to receive specific, personalized feedback about mathematics lesson planning and teaching.

The program is open to K-12 teachers who are in or beyond their third year of teaching.

Register for the 2020-21 cohort kick-off meeting: July 30, Pierre

Questions? Contact Stephanie Higdon, with the South Dakota Department of Education.

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