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Mathematics Learning Communities (MLC) MLC Facilitator Training Overview. Regional Science Resource Center University of Massachusetts Medical School. In this overview…. What is a Math Learning Community (MLC)? Research base Goals Audience Structure, format and content of sessions.

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mathematics learning communities mlc mlc facilitator training overview

Mathematics Learning Communities (MLC)MLC Facilitator Training Overview

Regional Science Resource Center

University of Massachusetts Medical School

in this overview
In this overview…
  • What is a Math Learning Community (MLC)?
    • Research base
    • Goals
    • Audience
    • Structure, format and content of sessions
  • What is involved in MLC Facilitator Training?
    • Model
    • Logistics
    • Benefits to Attending
what is an mlc
What is an MLC?

Content-specific Professional Learning Community

Authentic discussions about how children learn mathematics

Collegial discussions that deepen teachers’ knowledge of content and pedagogy

research base and resources
Research Base and Resources

“Research on Teacher Preparation and Professional Development,” Grover Whitehurst

“Instructional Policy and Classroom Performance: Mathematics Reform in California,” David Cohen and Heather Hill

“Form and Substance in Mathematics and Science Professional Development,” Mary Kennedy

Designing PD for Teachers of Science and Mathematics, Loucks-Horsley, Love, Stiles, Mundry, Hewson

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work, Dufour, Dufour, Eaker, Many

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter Senge

goals of an mlc
Goals of an MLC

Form a collaborative learning community that focuses on student learning

Understand new content in a deeper, more conceptual way

Closely examine student work and formative assessments in order to determine progress and instructional needs

Reflect on classroom practice, share strategies, discuss best practices, and expand professional expertise

mlc audience
MLC Audience
  • MLC Members
    • Interested in mathematics teaching & learning
    • Can represent any grade level, K - 8
    • No prerequisite knowledge needed
  • MLC Facilitators
    • Math coaches, specialists,

or lead teachers

    • Experience working with

adult learners is helpful but not required

mlc structure
MLC Structure
  • 15 school-based MLC sessions
  • Co-facilitation of sessions is recommended
  • Number Sense/Pre-Algebra content
  • Aligned to Intel Math course
  • 3 C’s Theme connects content across sessions
    • Counting
    • Composition
    • Context
mlc session format
MLC Session Format

Each two-hour, school-based MLC session includes:

Mathematical background

Math metacognition

Looking at student work

Reflecting on learning

Connections to Grade Bands

Writing a Problem At Grade Level

Feedback and wrap up

mlc facilitator training model
MLC Facilitator Training Model
  • Training group serves as a “model” MLC
  • Co-Facilitation
  • Gradual release of responsibility
  • Structured Facilitator Notes
facilitator training logistics
Facilitator Training Logistics
  • 5 full days of training
  • Training will include math discussions & development of facilitation skills
  • Work to be completed outside of training
  • On-site and electronic support is provided as facilitators implement MLC’s in their own setting
  • Training Location
benefits to attending mlc facilitator training
Benefits to Attending MLC Facilitator Training
  • Gain expertise in developing MLC’s in your own setting
  • Explore K – 8 mathematics through student work
  • Enhance Facilitation Skills
  • Earn 30 PDP’s for training

completion

mlc materials online
MLC Materials Online

To view and download session notes mathematical tasks, student work samples, and guiding questions templates, visit:

www.doe.mass.edu/omste/instructional.html

contact information
Contact Information

MLC Facilitator Training for your school or district:

Sandra Mayrand, Director

Regional Science Resource Center

University of Massachusetts Medical School

(508) 856-5097

sandra.mayrand@umassmed.edu