Jul
22-25

Bridges Leadership Institute

Aurora-Denver, Colorado

Join us as we explore ways to expand access, enhance understanding, and cultivate belonging in Bridges classrooms.

We’re excited for you to join us for our 2024 summer events!

Whether you’re a classroom teacher or a coach, an instructional leader or an administrator, a university faculty member or part of a local educational agency, you know the joys and challenges that accompany student-centered, asset-based implementation of the Bridges curriculum.

We need your voice to be part of the conversation as we work together to advance this work in schools and districts across the country.

Presentations

Keynote: Building Belonging in Bridges: A Holistic Vision for Inclusive Math Classrooms

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
8:45 am – 9:45 am

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Dr. Marrielle Myers

Dr. Marrielle Myers

Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr. Marrielle Myers (she/her) is a professor of mathematics education. Dr. Myers supports K-5 teachers' and leaders' work toward teaching mathematics for social justice and developing the political knowledge needed to dismantle systemic racism.

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Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen

Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen

Associate Professor

Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen, Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University, investigates culturally responsive instructional practices that promote student-teacher relationships, affirm mathematics identities, and cultivate belonging in mathematics classrooms.

Choice as a Foundation for Student Engagement

From who they work with to what they work on and how they complete it, students often have little autonomy in the classroom. In this interactive session, we will share practical ways to create choice for students to increase their ownership and engagement in mathematics.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Zandra de Araujo

Dr. Zandra de Araujo

Mathematics principal at the Lastinger Center for Learning

Dr. Zandra De Araujo started her career as a high school mathematics teacher. She is currently the Chief Equity Officer at the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center and an author of numerous publications.Her research examines teachers’ instruction with students who are primarily English learners.

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Amber Candela

Amber Candela

Associate Professor

Amber Candela is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Her research focuses on the professional development of mathematics teachers.

Developing Mathematical Language: Engaging Multilingual Learners Using Sentence Frames

Participating in discourse is a critical component of students’ mathematical learning. Encouraging every student, including multilingual learners, to talk and write about mathematics is a continuous goal. Explore how Bridges resources, such as sentence frames and the ABCs of Math Talk, can be leveraged to promote each student’s productive language.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Erin Turner

Erin Turner

Assistant at the University of Arizona

Erin T:  Erin Turner is an assistant at the University of Arizona. She began her career in education teaching a 4th/5th grade dual-language classroom in Phoenix, Arizona.Her work examines how mathematics instruction can draw upon children’s multiple mathematical funds of knowledge in ways that support mathematical understanding and a sense of agency. 

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Assistant professor of mathematics education

Erin Smith is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Erin is committed to supporting elementary teachers to implement equitable mathematics instruction and increasing access to rigorous mathematics instruction for multilingual learners.

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Rosalyn Miller

Rosalyn Miller

Curriculum Consultant

Rosalyn Miller is a curriculum consultant with The Math Learning Center. Based in Ellensburg, Washington, she has 30+ years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, K-12 teaching and learning coordinator, and workshop leader. Rosalyn has experience with mathematics curriculum and assessment design, as well as developing and delivering learning experiences for educators. She is committed to supporting mathematics educators in providing equitable learning experiences for all students.

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Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong

Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong

Senior Content Manager

Kim Morrow-Leong is an experienced mathematics education specialist and consultant with a demonstrated history of working productively with teachers in the area of mathematics education leadership. Skilled in lesson planning, educational technology, instructional design, leadership, and curriculum development, Kim holds a PhD and MEd in mathematics education leadership from George Mason University.

Affirming Identity and Challenging Marginalization During Discourse

Our discourse practices have the potential to build students’ conceptual understanding and interrupt narratives that can lead to marginalization. Participants in this session will deepen their understanding of what it means to affirm math identities and challenge spaces of marginality. They will also learn practical ways to integrate these ideas when planning and facilitating discourse in a Bridges classroom.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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LaKeshia Cooper

LaKeshia Cooper

Curriculum Consultant

LaKeshia Cooper is a curriculum consultant for The Math Learning Center. Before that, LaKeshia served as an elementary and middle school teacher in Grades 4–8 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. She also served as a K–4 math interventionist while supporting teachers in their implementation of Bridges. As a Bridges educator, LaKeshia appreciated how the use of visual models and student collaboration provided access for all her students and developed their mathematical confidence. LaKeshia lives in Mansfield, Louisiana.

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Susan Hammer

Susan Hammer

Curriculum Consultant

Susan Hammer is a curriculum consultant with MLC. She was a classroom educator and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2016.

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Mike Wallus

Mike Wallus

Vice President of Educator Support

Mike Wallus is the vice president for educator support at The Math Learning Center. He has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher, and in 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Previously, Mike was an elementary mathematics coordinator and curriculum director in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area.

Shifting from Theory to Action: Challenging Spaces of Marginality

What does it mean to challenge spaces of marginality, and how do we do it in a Bridges classroom? This session explores the meaning of marginality and how marginality shows up in your context. We will also develop our understanding of the actions we can take to challenge spaces of marginality within a Bridges session.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Melissa Greenwald

Melissa Greenwald

Professional Learning Developer

Melissa is a professional learning developer at The Math Learning Center. Prior to working at MLC, she was a teacher and coach in Philadelphia.

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Jaime Green-Estrada

Jaime Green-Estrada

Curriculum Consultant

Jaime has been with The Math Learning Center for two years now as a Curriculum Consultant. She loves working with teachers across the country. She has a passion around assessment as well as supporting all learners to develop and foster a positive math identity (ask her about HS algebra and her own math identity). Jaime has taught Bridges in grades K-5 as well as worked in school and district Math leader positions in Denver and Aurora, Colorado. Jaime’s current favorite authors are Elena Aguilar, Gholdy Muhamad and Julia Aguirre. She also loves time in the Colorado mountains with her husband and 3 children.

Assess, Analyze, Respond: A PLC Structure Focused on Formative Assessment

Join this session to engage in a professional learning community where student thinking is celebrated, collaborative planning is encouraged, and formative assessment data is utilized to ensure students are receiving equitable mathematics instruction.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Summer Pettigrew

Summer Pettigrew

Numeracy Coach

Summer Pettigrew graduated from The College of Charleston in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education and holds her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. She has taught both 5th and 6th grade in Charleston County. In her 19 years in the district, she has served as a classroom teacher, Innovation Coach, Technology Instructional Coach, and most recently, Springfield Elementary’s Math Coach. Before coming into the role of Math Coach, Summer taught Bridges 2nd Edition as a fifth grade teacher for 4 years. She has since been working with the teachers she supports in piloting Bridges 3rd Edition.

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Megan Williams

Megan Williams

Principal at Springfield Elementary

Mrs. Williams graduated from Clemson University with an Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree. She began her career in Charleston County in 2000 as a 5th grade teacher at Charles Pinckney Elementary School. In 2008, she moved to Stono Park Elementary School and served there for 4 years as a 5th grade teacher, Instructional Resource Teacher and a Lead Teacher. She graduated from The Citadel in 2009 with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. In 2012, she became the Assistant Principal at Springfield Elementary and, in 2017, was named the principal.

Don’t Stop Believin': Cultivating belonging and empowering students through Concept Quests

Believing that ALL students are capable math learners is powerful when it is put into action. Join us as we explore how Concept Quests can nurture a sense of belonging while empowering students to believe in themselves as capable doers of math. We will strategize ways to make rich problem-solving opportunities available and accessible — not just to a subset of students, but to ALL students.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Tisha Jones

Tisha Jones

Senior Manager of Assessment

Tisha Jones, Senior Manager of Assessment at The Math Learning Center, previously taught math to elementary and middle school students and undergraduate and graduate math methods courses at Georgia State University.

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Alyson Eaglen

Alyson Eaglen

Professional Learning Developer

Alyson Eaglen is a Professional Learning Developer for The Math Learning Center. Before joining MLC she worked as an Instructional Facilitator of Mathematics for Loudoun County Public Schools.

Using Asset-Based Teaching to Cultivate Belonging in the Bridges Classroom

When students recognize their strengths and the strengths of their classmates, the classroom community flourishes. During this session, participants will consider mathematical strengths and how students can identify those in themselves and in others. Participants will engage in Work Places and connect them to asset-based teaching. Focusing on the brilliance of all students builds confident mathematical thinkers and strong classroom communities.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Jenn Christensen

Jenn Christensen

Curriculum Consultant

Prior to joining The Math Learning Center as a curriculum consultant, Jenn Christensen was an elementary classroom teacher for 27 years. Over the course of her teaching career, Jenn has come to embrace the beauty and creativity of math. She loves to talk with children about how they are thinking, and she continually learns from them.

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Jenn Ranum

Jenn Ranum

Curriculum Consultant

Jenn Ranum brings expertise from 20 years as a classroom teacher and instructional leadership team member, as well as her experiences using Bridges, to her work with new and existing Bridges districts. Jenn enjoys modeling lessons, engaging in and talking about math with students, coaching teachers and administrators, writing blogs, facilitating Getting Started and Support Workshops for Bridges and Bridges Intervention, and presenting at various math conferences across the United States.

Problem Posing, Strategy Sharing, and Collaboration to Engage and Empower Students

Putting students at the forefront of the learning process is critical to promoting students’ positive identities and sense of agency over their learning. Problem posing, open strategy sharing, and other collaborative learning activities are just some of the innovative ways to empower student choice and voice. Participants will be engaged in collaborative experiences to learn how to create a shared learning experience using various problem-solving activities.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Natalie Crist

Natalie Crist

Director of Content

Natalie has been an elementary teacher, math coach, university professor, principal, and curriculum director during the course of her 27 year tenure in education. She is currently the Director of Content at the Math Learning Center and strives to provide access to rich mathematics for all students through teacher education and curriculum development.

Developing a Problem-Solving Culture in the Elementary Grades

Developing a problem-solving culture requires a combination of challenging yet accessible problems and appropriate instructional moves. A significant part of this is selecting materials that provide entry points for all students, allow students to go deep with the mathematics, and include challenging problems that foster mathematical growth. We'll investigate problems that instigate mathematical excitement and promote problem solving in the elementary grades. Come have some fun and find out what role you can play.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Patrick Vennebush

Patrick Vennebush

Chief Learning Officer

Patrick Vennebush is the Chief Learning Officer at the Math Learning Center, overseeing the areas of content development, professional learning development, educator support, and research.

Orchestrating Discourse to Powerfully Position Students and Develop Deep Understanding

How do we facilitate mathematical discourse so it is meaningful to each and every student? Taking up this charge from the ambitious and equitable mathematics teaching practices (NCTM, 2020), participants will consider specific instructional moves that empower students and deepen their mathematical understanding. After analyzing discourse excerpts, we’ll consider ways to plan discussions that center students’ experiences, competencies, and reasoning.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Nicole Rigelman

Nicole Rigelman

Education Program Officer

Nicole Rigelman is a professor of mathematics education at Portland State University and the Education Program Officer at The Math Learning Center. Nicole is passionate about supporting instruction focused on deepening students’ mathematical thinking and is the co-author of Catalyzing Change in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations.

Affirming and Empowering Students’ Math Identities

Bridges math routines will serve as the road map for our travel! Participants will journey through practical ways to affirm students’ math identities and engage in activities that will allow us to put learning into practice.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Nataki McClain, MEd

Nataki McClain

Curriculum Consultant

Nataki McClain is a Bridges curriculum consultant who has 23 years of K–5 teaching and math coaching experience. In both the public and private sectors of education, Nataki has worked to build safe, nurturing classroom environments where all voices are shared, heard and valued. In addition to serving as the diversity coordinator and advocate for marginalized students, she established the first after-school math and science enrichment program for girls at a local elementary school.

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Annelly Rodas

Annelly Rodas

Professional Learning Developer

Annelly Rodas is a professional learning developer at The Math Learning Center, where she began as a curriculum consultant in 2019. Prior to joining MLC, Annelly was an educator in the New York City public school system. During her time with the New York City Department of Education, Annelly served as an elementary dual language educator and later as a math coach. She has experience supporting diverse learners, engaging multilingual learners in the math classroom, and developing learning experiences for math educators. Annelly is committed to helping schools establish equitable math practices. This commitment is rooted in her early experiences as a math coach.

Understanding Equity-Based Practices as a Compass and Not a Checklist: The Power of Framing Equity as a Verb

Participants will unpack the equity-based practices (EBPs) in the Third Edition of the Bridges curriculum. The goal is to a) develop a shared understanding of select EBPs while considering our intersectional identities, b) frame the EBPs as guiding principles, c) build connections to our current contexts, and d) strengthen our practice by engaging in rich discussions with colleagues. Examples from Bridges will be used.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Dr. Marrielle Myers

Dr. Marrielle Myers

Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr. Marrielle Myers (she/her) is a professor of mathematics education. Dr. Myers supports K-5 teachers' and leaders' work toward teaching mathematics for social justice and developing the political knowledge needed to dismantle systemic racism.

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Sharon Pare

Sharon Pare

Curriculum Consultant

Sharon Pare was a classroom teacher in Newport, Vt for 36 years. She is now in her third year as a curriculum consultant with The Math Learning Center.

Supporting Students by Supporting Teachers

Supporting teachers to support students is the focus of Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose ISD's approach to piloting and implementing Bridges. Change is not easy, but understanding the why is a good place to start. We will share our journey of supporting teachers to improve student learning opportunities.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Jenina Rothstein

Jenina Rothstein

Curriculum Specialist

Jenina Rothstein works as an elementary curriculum specialist at Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose ISD #877. She has over 25 years of teaching experience.

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Jenina Rothstein

Amy Hoff

1st/2nd Grade Multiage Teacher

Amy Hoff is a 1st/2nd grade multiage teacher at Discovery Elementary School in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose ISD #877 school district. She has over 10 years teaching experience.

Affirming Learners' Identities in Mathematics Instruction

In this session, we will explore the connection between identity and mathematics learning. In particular, we will reflect over our own identities and those of our students, and discuss ways to practice affirming students' identities in mathematics instruction.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Karisma Morton

Karisma Morton

Assistant Professor of Math Education

Karisma Morton is an Assistant Professor of Math Education at the University of North Texas. In her work with elementary educators, she emphasizes equitable math teaching practices.

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Shelly Sheafer

Shelly Scheafer

Senior Manager, K-2 Content Development

Shelly Scheafer is the Senior Manager for K-2 Content Development at The Math Learning Center. Prior to this position, Shelly was a Bridges teacher, interventionist, and math coach.

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Michelle Vilapriño González

Michelle Vilapriño González

Curriculum Consultant

Michelle Vilapriño González is a Curriculum Consultant for The Math Learning Center. Prior to joining MLC, Michelle was an educator in the New York City public school system. She taught in various classroom settings including dual language, monolingual, and ICT. These classroom experiences give Michelle a unique perspective on supporting diverse learners and ignite her passion for Bridges, and its impact on developing students’ math identities and their desire to be mathematical thinkers.

Putting Equity into Practice Using Curriculum Materials

In this session, we explore what it means to use curriculum materials to support responsive, inclusive, and equitable learning opportunities for all students. We will discuss how to identify opportunities within curriculum materials for equitable teaching practices, sharing decisions and moves that teachers can make to leverage those opportunities.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Corey Drake

Corey Drake

Director of Professional Learning

Corey Drake is the Senior Director for Professional Learning at The Math Learning Center. She began her career in education as a middle school special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. Corey is committed to supporting teachers in using curriculum materials to teach diverse groups of students in equitable ways.

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Mike Wallus

Mike Wallus

Vice President of Educator Support

Mike Wallus is the vice president for educator support at The Math Learning Center. He has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher, and in 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Previously, Mike was an elementary mathematics coordinator and curriculum director in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area.

Engaging and Refining Rough Draft Math Thinking Using SpotCheck

Part of building student math identity is encouraging them to take risks and embrace what Amanda Jansen (Rough Draft Math) calls their “rough draft thinking.” In this session, we will learn about rough draft thinking in elementary math and how the SpotCheck feature within Derivita can encourage students to refine their thinking. Participants will hear from a practicing teacher about her celebrations with rough draft thinking. They also will leave with tangible next steps to support their students with refining their thinking and optionally explore how technology can enhance these opportunities.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Beth Joswick

Beth Joswick

Elementary Math Coordinator

Dr. Joswick has been a part of the math educational community for over 20 years with experience K-20. She is currently the Elementary Math Coordinator for Aurora Public Schools.

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Jennifer Amato

Jennifer Amato

Member, Math Leadership Team

Jennifer Amato has been teaching for 10 years with a focus on math for the last six years. She is part of the Aurora Public Schools Math Leadership Team and has integrated community values into the Bridges curriculum to make it more relevant for her students and school team.

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Julie Tylman

Julie Tylman

Partner Success Manager

Julie Tylman is a highly experienced EdTech industry veteran, working at Pearson Education for over 20 years before moving to Derivita in late 2022.

Navigating Curriculum Implementation When Time Is Your Missing Ingredient

Are you faced with little or no time to support Bridges implementation after the training? Hear two math leaders share their district's 3-year implementation journey. Come discover ways for leaders to cook up learning opportunities to help teachers dig into their new resources.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Andrea Manston

Andrea Manston

K-12 Math Coordinator

Andrea Manston brings 27 years of experience in education, having served as a 5th grade teacher, math coach, and currently as the K-12 Math Coordinator for Fargo Public Schools. She has overseen and assisted with adoption and implemention of Bridges in Mathematics in two school districts, and has supported other districts as a workshop leader.

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Alyssa Gilbertson

Alyssa Gilbertson

Elementary Math Facilitator

Alyssa Gilbertson brings 19 years of experience in education, having served as a first grade teacher, instructional coach, and currently as the Elementary Math Facilitator for Fargo Public Schools. Since Fargo's adoption in 2021, she has provided guidance for the implementation of Number Corner and Bridges.

Bridges Intervention: An Overview

Are you curious about the features of Bridges Intervention? Would you like to experience the intervention materials firsthand? During this experience with Bridges Intervention, you'll receive an overview of the materials, explore the scoring guides, and engage with different parts of a session.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Lori Bluemel

Lori Bluemel

Curriculum Consultant

Lori Bluemel lives in Missouri and has been an educator for 20+ years, mostly teaching Grades 5 and 3. Lori joined the Math Learning Center as a curriculum consultant in 2016.

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Paula Muehler

Paula Muehler

Curriculum Consultant

Paula Muehler lives in Wisconsin, where she has been an educator for 32 years. During her career, Paula has been a classroom teacher for grades K-8, an Interventionist and district coach. Paula found the developmentally appropriate math curriculum she had been searching for seven years ago when her district adopted Bridges. She appreciates how Bridges students learn through an  inquiry based approach with hands-on manipulatives and visual models. Paula joined The Math Learning Center as a Curriculum Consultant in 2016.

Introducing Bridges in Mathematics Third Edition

Are you curious to learn more about Bridges in Mathematics Third Edition? Join this session to understand the changes and enhancements of the curriculum, how the curriculum supports equitable teaching and learning, and the professional learning support available to sustain implementation.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Beth Chinderle

Beth Chinderle

Curriculum Consultant

Beth Chinderle is a joyful educator with experience serving as a classroom teacher and math curriculum specialist. She enjoys partnering with Bridges educators through her curriculum consultant role with MLC.

Keynote: Meeting Students' Needs, or Not? Examining Tracking Dilemmas in Elementary Mathematics

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
8:45 am – 9:45 am

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Julia Aguirre

Dr. Julia Aguirre

Professor & Faculty Director of the Teacher Certification Programs

Dr. Julia Aguirre’s work at the University of Washington Tacoma focuses on mathematics teaching and learning, and culturally responsive mathematics instruction. She is committed to preparing a new generation of teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach rich and rigorous mathematics.

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Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala

Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala

Mathematics Teacher, Bilingual Education for Social Transformation, Spanish Bilingual Program

Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala (she/ella) is a mathematics educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in culturally responsive mathematics teaching and the learning sciences.

Using Tasks and Talk to Promote Student Engagement

The tasks and talk in our mathematics classrooms frame students’ learning experiences. They also form students' conceptions of what mathematics is and what it means to do mathematics. In this session, we will explore how different types of tasks and talk moves can provide more engaging, more accessible, and more equitable learning experiences for students.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

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Amber Candela

Amber Candela

Associate Professor

Amber Candela is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Her research focuses on the professional development of mathematics teachers.

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Melissa Boston

Melissa Boston

Professor, Mathematics Education

Melissa Boston is a professor of mathematics education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is interested in supporting mathematics teachers at all grade-levels to use classroom observations tools to reflect on and enhance their practice.

Enhancing Equity & Access for All Students in the Immersion Classroom

This session is tailored for educators seeking to enrich their multilingual classroom dynamics. It focuses on practical strategies that cultivate an inclusive and supportive learning environment that increases language proficiency while promoting mathematical success.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Jilian Whaley

Jilian Whaley

District Math Specialist, MLC Workshop Leader

Jilian Whaley is an accomplished Mathematics Specialist renowned for her leadership in transforming education. With over two decades of experience, Jilian has been instrumental in shaping mathematics curriculum, professional learning, and instructional frameworks. Her expertise lies in developing and implementing high-quality, equitable practices to elevate student achievement.

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Katie Colon

Katie Colon

Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Teacher

Katie Colon is a kindergarten Spanish Immersion teacher in Delaware. With a background in teaching multilingual learners, she focuses on implementing equitable mathematics and language instruction for diverse students.

Math Identity in a B3 Classroom

In this session, participants will explore math identities. Each participant will reflect on their own math experiences and how those shaped their math identity. They will also compile strategies for affirming students’ math identities to support engagement in the classroom while working with the Bridges Third Edition curriculum.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Leigh Rupar

Leigh Rupar

Math Specialist

Leigh is the Math Specialist at Milton Elementary School. She loves supporting her teachers with the implementation of Bridges and fostering an “everyone can do math” mindset with her students.

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Pete Stephanos

Pete Stephanos

5th Grade Math Teacher

Pete is a 5th grade math teacher at Milton Elementary School in Milton, Delaware. He enthusiastically supports his students in forming positive math identities and connecting with the Bridges curriculum.

Leveraging Multiple Mathematical Competencies Through Counting Collections

Counting collection tasks provides learners with multiple entry points and a variety of solution pathways that build on a range of student strengths. We will explore how these tasks give us insight into student thinking and allow all students the opportunity to collaborate in ways that value their strengths.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Erika Whitesides

Erika Whitesides

Kindergarten and 2nd Grade teacher

Erika Whitesides graduated from Meredith College in 2000 with a degree in Child Development with a Elementary Teacher Certification. She began teaching kindergarten in Wake County, NC before moving back home to teach in Gaston County, NC. In Gaston County, she taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade and then moved to a Title I Reading Teacher position after obtaining her Master’s in Literacy from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. She then spent seven years working with teachers and principals as a Curriculum and Academic Facilitator for English Language Arts. Now she has made a new home in Charleston, SC teaching kindergarten and second grade at Springfield Elementary. Erika has taught Bridges 2nd Edition as a kindergarten and second grade teacher and is now piloting Bridges 3rd Edition with her second graders.

Family Math Night: an opportunity to engage families in learning

Considering hosting a Family Math Night? Come discover innovative strategies and resources to bring Bridges Work Places, models, visuals, and math dialogue into the homes of students. In this session, educators will leave with tools to empower parents as partners in their children's mathematical learning journey, promoting a collaborative approach to education beyond the classroom.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Stephanie D'Alonzo

Stephanie D'Alonzo

Elementary Math Instructional Coach

Stephanie D’Alonzo, an Elementary Math Instructional Coach in her district, enhances student math performance by fostering teacher effectiveness through collaboration, co-teaching, modeling, and reflection. She also leads Professional Development. She was formerly a second grade teacher and K-2 Math Coordinator.

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Kerri Urzillo

Kerri Urzillo

Math Instructional Coach, PreK-5

Kerri Urzillo, Math Instructional Coach for preK-grade 5, enhances teacher impact on student math learning through collaboration, PD, and reflection. Formerly a second grade teacher, her coaching draws from athletic motivation.

Accessing Contexts and Language: Supporting Multilingual Learners’ Sensemaking

The Bridges curriculum includes a range of contexts within sessions and problem situations that are rich in language. Learn effective strategies for developing both mathematical and everyday language for every student, including multilingual learners. We will discuss ways to build connections to problem contexts during instruction, including ways to effectively utilize Word Resource Cards.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Assistant professor of mathematics education

Erin Smith is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Erin is committed to supporting elementary teachers to implement equitable mathematics instruction and increasing access to rigorous mathematics instruction for multilingual learners.

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Rosalyn Miller

Rosalyn Miller

Curriculum Consultant

Rosalyn Miller is a curriculum consultant with The Math Learning Center. Based in Ellensburg, Washington, she has 30+ years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, K-12 teaching and learning coordinator, and workshop leader. Rosalyn has experience with mathematics curriculum and assessment design, as well as developing and delivering learning experiences for educators. She is committed to supporting mathematics educators in providing equitable learning experiences for all students.

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Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong

Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong

Senior Content Manager

Kim Morrow-Leong is an experienced mathematics education specialist and consultant with a demonstrated history of working productively with teachers in the area of mathematics education leadership. Skilled in lesson planning, educational technology, instructional design, leadership, and curriculum development, Kim holds a PhD and MEd in mathematics education leadership from George Mason University.

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Erin Turner

Erin Turner

Assistant at the University of Arizona

Erin T:  Erin Turner is an assistant at the University of Arizona. She began her career in education teaching a 4th/5th grade dual-language classroom in Phoenix, Arizona.Her work examines how mathematics instruction can draw upon children’s multiple mathematical funds of knowledge in ways that support mathematical understanding and a sense of agency. 

Reclaiming Assessment as a Tool for Learning Not Labeling

This interactive session will focus on the powerful role of assessment on students’ math identity and agency. Participants will engage in activities that reclaim how assessment can holistically help students and their families understand what students know and are still learning to do. The session will include critical discussions on culturally responsive assessment practices (formative and summative), intervention culture, grading policies, and providing meaningful feedback to support and extend mathematical learning.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Julia Aguirre

Dr. Julia Aguirre

Professor & Faculty Director of the Teacher Certification Programs

Dr. Julia Aguirre’s work at the University of Washington Tacoma focuses on mathematics teaching and learning, and culturally responsive mathematics instruction. She is committed to preparing a new generation of teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach rich and rigorous mathematics.

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Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala

Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala

Mathematics Teacher, Bilingual Education for Social Transformation, Spanish Bilingual Program

Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala (she/ella) is a mathematics educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in culturally responsive mathematics teaching and the learning sciences.

Assessment as a Shared Journey: Cultivating Partnerships with Families and Caregivers

Join us for an interactive session to explore how educators can partner with families and caregivers to develop an understanding of assessment as an ongoing journey that leverages asset-based feedback to nurture student growth. Discover strategies to cultivate a sense of belonging among families and caregivers while amplifying students' strengths in mathematics to inform instructional decisions.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Thursday, July 25, 2024
10:15 am – 11:45 am

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Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen

Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen

Associate Professor

Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen, Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University, investigates culturally responsive instructional practices that promote student-teacher relationships, affirm mathematics identities, and cultivate belonging in mathematics classrooms.

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Tisha Jones

Tisha Jones

Senior Manager of Assessment

Tisha Jones, Senior Manager of Assessment at The Math Learning Center, previously taught math to elementary and middle school students and undergraduate and graduate math methods courses at Georgia State University.