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Register for the Math & Numeracy Strand at the COABE Virtual Conference

  • 22 Mar 2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 24 Mar 2021
  • 2:45 PM
  • Online

Registration is now open for the 2021 COABE National Virtual Conference! The Adult Numeracy Network is again sponsoring a Math & Numeracy Workshop Strand. Below you will find a chronological listing of this years offerings with workshop descriptions, presenters, and dates/times. 

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  • Collaborating, Exploring Virtual Manipulatives, and Deepening Conceptual Understanding on Factors in a Distance Learning Classroom.

Primary Presenter: Rebecca Strom, Mankato Area ABE

Session 1, Monday, 3/22, 8:00am - 9:15am

Online learning has changed how we teach, but not what we teach. This session will give participants the opportunity to explore using Jamboard and Google Slides to collaborate as they dig into the conceptual understanding of “what is a factor”? We will start with what is multiplication/division and connect to factors, prime numbers, and square roots all using the exploration of virtual manipulatives. The focus will be on both building conceptual understanding and coherence.

  • UDL + Math = Exponential Results for our Learners

Primary Presenter: Sarah Goldammer, Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, Co-Presenter(s): Amber Fornaciari

Session 2, Monday, 3/22, 11:45am - 1:00pm

Designing math lessons that infuse the principles of UDL, Universal Design for Learning, promotes self-confidence and improves problem solving and independence. Putting a spotlight on UDL principles already utilized in your classroom and intentionally adding new UDL ideas is more than an addition equation. It results in exponential growth for teachers and learners! Take home ideas to use in your next class, ideas of how to promote engagement and learning, and have fun.

  • Using EdReady to Assess and Support Student Progress

Primary Presenter: Tina Hite, NM Adult Education

Session 3, Monday, 3/22, 2:00pm - 3:15pm

EdReady is an open-access resource developed by NROC, a membership organization. Adult education leaders in multiple states have aligned math assessments with NRS levels, College and Career Readiness Standards, and TABE. This session will cover how to use this resource to measure and support student progress.

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  • Leveraging Advanced Reading Skills for Success in Math

Primary Presenter: Graciano Petersen, Academy of Hope

Co-Presenter(s): Lateefah Montague

Session 4, Monday, 3/22, 3:45pm- 5:00pm

Students with disproportionately higher scores in Reading than Math don’t often see the links between the two subjects. Utilizing your student’s successes in reading can be essential to achieving success in math. This session will demonstrate that being able to make logical inferences, compare and contrast, recognize patterns, and identify key and signal words are reading skills that are fundamental to progress in the mathematics classroom.

  • Strategies for Taking Anxiety Out of Math for Fearful Students

Primary Presenter: Wendy Kittler, Arkansas Adult Education Section

Session 5, Tuesday, 3/23, 8:00am - 9:15am

This session will provide several strategies to use with math anxious or math frustrated students in Adult Ed. Specific reasoning and brainstorming activities will be demonstrated, and apps for virtual instruction will be discussed. Many adult learners come to us because of deeply seated issues with learning that may be rooted from childhood or high school, and this is especially true in math. This presentation will help give the teacher strategies to bridge the gap.

  • Success in Practice: How to Leverage Self-Reflection and Problem-Solving Review in the Adult Mathematics Classroom

Primary Presenter: Kamila Goldin, Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School

Co-Presenter(s): DaNelle Cook

Session 5, Tuesday, 3/23, 8:00am - 9:15pm

As humans we are constantly growing and learning, evaluating our old practices and using our experiences to navigate through life. Integrating reflective practices into the classroom can propel learners to higher levels of success and self-confidence. Join us to learn key opportunities for reflection in the learning process, discuss testimonials from multi-level math classrooms, and identify resources for developing the seeds of practices that can blossom in their classrooms.

  • Addressing the WHY in Mathematics: Get Rid of the Gimmicks!

Primary Presenter: Lori Lundine, Rogue Community College and Oregon HECC CCWD, Co-Presenter(s): Donna Parrish

Session 6, Tuesday, 3/23, 11:45am - 1:00pm

Adult students are busy and goal driven. In the name of quick test taking success, it is easy to fall back on mnemonics or math tricks while teaching them mathematics. But are we really doing our students any favors? Research shows that teaching the "Why" in math leads to greater and longer lasting comprehension which can be applied to more than a standardized test. Come learn some ways to teach meaning in Math!

  • PIAAC Numeracy Skills and Home Use among Adult English Learners

Primary Presenter: Margaret Patterson, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

Session 6, Tuesday, 3/23, 11:45am - 1:00pm

Adult English learners typically focus on language-related skills, yet large-scale PIAAC data reveal many English learners 25 and older have low numeracy skills too. Come find out how these English learners use numeracy (print and electronic) at home and how use connects with numeracy skills. Session attendees will collaborate on approaches and take away implications for English learner numeracy instruction aligned with instructional guidance from the PIAAC Numeracy Framework.

  • Remote, Hybrid & In-person Either Way We Gotta Teach Math

Primary Presenter: Cynthia Bell, Literacy Assistance Center

Session 7, Tuesday, 3/23/2021, 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Teaching math effectively and in an engaging way may have already been challenging. Now we have to navigate the remote and hybrid learning environments. If only there was a good model that you can use in each of these learning environments! Attend this session to find out the free and accessible tool that helps build student conceptual understanding, mathematical thinking and skills no matter where they're learning. Be sure to bring your own device.

  • Launching a Professional Development Program to Support Teachers of Adult Numeracy: An Opportunity for States

Primary Presenter: Kirk Walters, WestEd. Co-Presenter(s): Rebecca Perry, Ann Edwards

Session 8, Tuesday, 3/23, 3:45pm - 5:00pm

The U.S. Department of Education has contracted with WestEd to update the Adult Numeracy Instruction Professional Development Program for teachers of basic mathematics education for adults. This presentation will provide an overview of the new professional development program, ANI 2.0, and share an exciting opportunity for teams of state-based facilitators to participate in the ANI 2.0 field test, receive training to deliver the ANI 2.0 program locally, and earn certification to become ANI 2.0 facilitators.

  • Navigating Aloud: Making your Instruction Count During Times of Uncertainty

Primary Presenter: Graciano Petersen, www.aohdc.org

Co-Presenter(s): Kamila Goldin

Session 9, Wednesday, 3/24, 8:00am - 9:15am

Teaching during COVID-19 does not make for an ideal learning environment for any adult learner. During these times, it seems that we can only be assured of inconsistency. To counteract this challenge, be a source of constancy for your learners. By focusing on precision, using images and visual cues, and addressing your students’ executive functioning, you can lead your students to achievements in the mathematics classroom despite the uniqueness of our current situation.

  • Adult Learners' Perceptions of Mathematics Class

Primary Presenter: Brooke Istas, Southern Methodist University/Cowley College

Session 10, Wednesday, 3/24, 9:30am - 10:45am

Brooke Istas was the 2020 COABE Incentive Grant winner. This presentation will reveal preliminary findings of her study, “Adult Learners’ Perceptions of Mathematics Class.” The goal of this research is to uncover the underlying reason that math goes from a positive to a negative experience. Participants of this session will learn more about her study, data collection, and early findings. There will be an open discussion about this study’s impact on the adult numeracy field.

  • Numeracy Routines that Develop Language

Primary Presenter: Connie Rivera, TERC's Adult Numeracy Center

Session 11, Wednesday, 3/24, 11:15pm - 12:30pm

What math can you do with a class of students from varying math backgrounds who have a wide range of test scores? Help your students develop reasoning and thinking habits, practice and build language skills, and build community by regularly using short numeracy activities in your instruction.

  • Using teacher power wisely: Showing (math) learners how their ideas can be valuable gateways

Primary Presenter: Joey Lehrman, Delgado Community College

Co-Presenter(s): Christin Smith

Session 12, Wednesday, 3/24, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Even in our digitized world, teachers are still seen as the authority within classrooms. What we publicly value as teachers affects what students believe is valuable. But! This means we have an opportunity to teach people the value of their own thinking. This is especially important in math class where many people have learned to ignore intuition. Leave this session with concrete ways to use teacher power for good in both distance and in-person settings.

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