Online Courses

Course offerings for 2014-2015:

1. Reasoning Algebraically About Operations

2. Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development.

Our interactive online courses are designed to accommodate working professionals. Coursework is immediately applicable in classrooms and assignments involve working with students. Our courses run in three 6-week sessions spread throughout the academic year. The workload is manageable and involves asynchronous discussions as well as live webinars. See our available course offerings below.
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Reasoning Algebraically About Operations

Reasoning Algebraically About Operations (RAO): In our newest interactive online course, participants examine the generalizations that arise from the study of number and operations in grades 1 through 8. Participant will work to express these generalizations in common language and in algebraic notation, develop arguments based on representations of the operations, and study what it means to prove a generalization. Later, we will examine what happens to our generalizations and arguments when the domain under consideration expands from whole numbers to integers.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

    Participants will expand their own math knowledge by:

  • Examining generalizations at the heart of the study of operations in the elementary grades
  • Developing and critiquing arguments based on representations of the operations
  • Articulating generalizations in common language and in algebraic notation
  • Developing meaningful contexts for understanding integers.
  • Participants will expand their pedagogical expertise by:

  • Learning strategies to initiate and sustain students’ mathematical reasoning
  • Analyzing the mathematical ideas of their own students
  • Considering approaches to sustain discussion as a tool for mathematics instruction.

COURSE DETAILS

  • RAO time blocks span the school year:
    September 14 – October 26, 2014        January 4 – February 15, 2015       April 5 – May 31, 2015
  • Webinars: Two 2-hour webinars in each time block at 6pm EST (Webinar Dates: Oct 1,  Oct. 15,  Jan 14,  Feb 4,  April 29,  and May 13)
  • Online Postings: Analyses of RAO Casebook readings, math work, and examination of classroom math discussions. Facilitators provide detailed, individualized feedback based on classroom reports at three times during each time block.
  • Cohort Group: Interact with 20 to 24 colleagues from all over the country.
  • Graduate Credits: Participants in RAO will receive 6 graduate credits from Mount Holyoke College upon successful completion of the course.
  • APPLICATION PROCESS
    Participants may apply as individuals but are encouraged to apply in teams of 3-5 teachers from
    a school system. The Reasoning Algebraically About Operations fee of $1,500 per person includes
    a full academic year of professional development, access to the RAO web board, six 2-hour webinars, as well as individual feedback nine times during the school year. Click on the “Apply Now” link below.
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    Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development

    Online professional development for instructional leaders and math coaches (K-8) based on your own work with teachers and offering personalized feedback from experienced coaches.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES

    • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the complexities associated with implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and create solutions to help support districts in this endeavor.
    • Use research to guide productive math coaching plans.
    • Stay focused on mathematics while setting goals and developing collaborative relationships.
    • Develop strong communication and leadership skills with teachers and administrators.
    • Provide opportunities for math specialists/coaches to design, develop, critique, and implement mathematics professional development experiences for teachers.
    • COURSE DETAILS

      • Time: Weekly assignments from September 2014 – December 2014
      • Assignments: Participants will interact weekly via web board analyzing course readings, video recorded math lessons and coaching sessions, and professional development experiences of their colleagues. They will also design rich and meaningful professional development experiences for the teachers in their schools and districts. Facilitators provide detailed, individualized feedback on assignments including analysis of video recorded coaching sessions.
      • Cohort Group: Interact with 20 to 24 colleagues from all over the country.
      • Graduate Credits: Participants in Mathematics Coaching will receive 4 graduate credits from Mount Holyoke College upon successful completion of the course.
      • APPLICATION PROCESS
        Online application can be accessed from our webpage. The Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development fee of $1,000 per person includes a full academic semester of professional development, access to our web board, opportunities to interact with other coaches from across the country, as well as individual feedback from experienced instructional leaders. Click on the “Apply Now” link below.

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        Application

        Click on the Apply Now link below to access our online application. You will be asked to create an account profile and will be assigned a PIN that you will use to login to the application website. When selecting the program, choose “MLP Online Courses.” If you have any problems applying please contact our director, Michael Flynn at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu.

        Apply Now