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Literacy and Mathematics Strategies

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Everything a teacher needs to know before attending our literacy or mathematics training.

What is the purpose of this professional development?

  • To ensure that all students are college and career ready.
  • To align student assignments to college- and career-readiness expectations.
  • To provide a framework where teachers can use best practices so students can learn and achieve mastery of more challenging skills.  
  • With literacy, to engage students in reading, comprehending, analyzing, interpreting and responding to complex texts.
  • With math, to engage students in a productive struggle with mathematics that deepens their reasoning skills and abilities to apply math in non-routine and real-world problems.

Which classes are these strategies designed to work with?

The literacy strategies are designed for high school teachers in social studies, science, English/language arts and career and technical education. Middle grade schools may substitute an elective teacher because CTE is not available. The math and literacy strategies are designed to address state content and college- and career-readiness standards.

What is the length of my commitment to this professional development?

SREB understands meaningful change takes time and prefers to partner with schools and districts for multiple years.

In the first year, teachers infuse their current unit and lessons plans with research-based tools and strategies for mathematics and content-specific literacy.

In subsequent years, teachers collaborate with peers to ensure all teachers utilize research-based tools and strategies that prepare students for postsecondary success.

What do I need to bring to the workshops?

  • Textbooks, pacing guides and other instructional material that you plan to use in the next six weeks of school.
  • A laptop computer (not an iPad or tablet; you’ll need a keyboard), extension cord and power cord.
  • SREB will provide training materials for each of the training sessions.

What is the role of the SREB staff and trainers?

  • SREB trainers build capacity within schools by working with the district-based experts in various subject areas and grade levels. We call these people local trainers.
  • SREB trainers lead the workshops and work with local trainers to periodically visit your classroom and provide job-embedded coaching
  • SREB trainers and local trainers provide non-evaluative feedback on what’s working and offer ideas to improve your teaching

What am I expected to do?

Literacy teachers are expected to:

  • Develop and teach content-focused units of study that incorporate college- and career-ready literacy standards. SREB and local trainers will support teachers throughout the process.

  • Develop or adapt lessons to engage students in reading grade-level content and related documents in curricular areas.

  • Share the new practices and strategies learned and their impact on students’ deeper learning experiences with other teachers.

Math teachers are expected to:

  • Use formative assessment tools and strategies to deepen students’ understanding of key mathematical concepts and deepen problem-solving skills.
  • Share the new practices and strategies learned and their impact on students’ deeper learning experiences with other teachers.

Will my principal and/or other school leadership be part of this professional development?

Yes. SREB is partnering with your school district to raise student achievement in math and literacy in your content area. Your superintendent is working with high schools and middle grades in your district. Principals or a designee will attend the training sessions you attend. They also conduct classroom observations along with local trainers or SREB trainers.

What changes can I expect to see in my classroom because of this professional development?

  • Improved student reasoning skills and content mastery
  • Increased student engagement
  • More student ownership of learning
  • Increased confidence on college- and career-aligned assignments