This session examined the million dollar question of how do we differentiate our PD. I shared some of my own research which focused on the varying levels of knowledge in our teaching profession about math instruction. I used an assessment for teachers which assesses their Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching. This specialized knowledge is what makes us a profession. We not only need to know how to do the math, we need to be able to model it, explain it, demonstrate it, and connect this new learning to the previous learning of our students. After I shared this correlational research, we looked at some of the training modules that I created, based on the PRIME Leadership framework. Using these modules is one way to differentiate based on the current needs of the teachers. Another way is to give a pretest on the content for a class. Ask the teachers to reflect on their answers as a way to determine their readiness for the content. Then they can select activities for learning based on their current knowledge level. We need to “help give teachers the mathematics education that they deserve” (Jason Zimba, October 23, 2013). If you want more information about the training modules, please email me at asalgo@washoeschools.net

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