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Virtual Professional Learning Communities

Join a high quality virtual learning experience for math teachers.

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If you are an administrator interested in a vPLC for your school or district, contact us.
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What is the PLC?

Our professional learning communities are a high quality virtual learning experience for teachers*. Proudly offered in partnership with Lesley University Center for Mathematics Achievement, PLCs are designed to support use of ASSISTments as a bridge to effective math teaching practices, and reinforce the use of your core curriculum. By participating, you will:

  • Join a supportive network of other ASSISTments users 
  • Collaborate with other math teachers (we support Illustrative Math/Open Up Resources and EngageNY/Eureka Math teachers)
  • Learn how to use ASSISTments to improve student learning and support equitable outcomes

*Note: We currently offer the vPLC for 7th grade teachers only, but can design a custom PLC for your school or district. If this is of interest contact us here.

100% of participants said they would recommend the PLC to a colleague.

I wasn't sure what to expect but this definitely exceeded expectations.

I left the meeting thinking....are we really done already? I want to keep going!

I think this set the standard for remote PD facilitation. Tremendous job.

Program Overview

We offer a vPLC for both experienced and new ASSISTments users each Spring (January-May) and Fall (August-December). The time commitment ranges from 10-15 hours. 

The teacher experience involves four key components:

  • Orientation: Meet your cohort and learn everything you need to be set up for success
  • Synchronous virtual meetings: Each session is anchored on an evidence-based practice and centers on authentic student work and data from ASSISTments. There are usually between 6 and 8 sessions.
  • Asynchronous learning: Meaningful work is assigned between sessions that deepens learning and connects to your everyday instruction 
  • Regular use of ASSISTments to assign online from your curriculum and inform your instruction

Timeline

Spring PLC (Jan-May)
Fall PLC (Aug-Dec)
What makes a good candidate?
  1. Able to assign students practice problems (e.g., independent math practice, homework, and exit tickets) through ASSISTments on a weekly basis
  2. Eager to grow as a math teacher and an ASSISTments user, and excited to actively participate in a learning community with other teachers
  3. Weekly availability for virtual meetings with your cohort (timing varies by PLC)
Benefits & Opportunities
  1. Join a supportive network of other ASSISTments users
  2. Collaborate with other middle school math teachers to better your practice
  3. Learn how to effectively use ASSISTments as part of your instruction

How do I apply?

For Teachers: We are not currently recruiting. If you are interested in being alerted when recruitment does begin, please complete this interest form.

For Administrators: If you are an administrator interested in a vPLC for your school or district, contact us and we will be in touch to learn more!

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Professional Learning Communities

Join a new user professional learning community. We are currently recruiting for two PLCs this Spring. One for experienced users and one for new or novice users.

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Now Recruiting TWO Spring Cohorts: One for new users AND One for experienced users. See below for details on each.


Our professional learning opportunities are designed to support you with using ASSISTments as a bridge to effective math teaching practices. They enable the effective use of ASSISTments and create community between ASSISTments users. By participating, you will:

  • Join a supportive network of other ASSISTments users
  • Collaborate with other middle school math teachers to better your practice
  • Learn how to effectively use ASSISTments as part of your instruction

In recognition of your time and participation, you will receive an $800 stipend.

Read below for more details on each:



PLC for New or Novice ASSISTments Users (7th Grade Math) 

We are looking for new or novice ASSISTments users to join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) during Spring 2021 (Jan - May)!


If you are interested, please complete this application by November 30th. 


Am I a good candidate?

You are a great candidate for this PLC if you fit the below criteria:

  • New ASSISTments user or have very limited experience using ASSISTments
  • Grade 7 mathematics teacher
  • Willing to assign problems from Illustrative Mathematics (Open Up Resources/Kendall Hunt) or Engage NY (Eureka Math)
  • Able to assign students practice problems (e.g., independent math practice, homework, and exit tickets) through ASSISTments on a weekly basis
  • Eager to grow as a math teacher and an ASSISTments user, and excited to actively participate in a learning community with other teachers
  • Consistent availability this Spring on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:15 pm ET (see description of dates below)

 

What can I expect from this experience?

The PLC will launch in January and end in May 2020

  • In January, we will ask you to complete parts 1 and 2 of ASSISTments’ virtual new user training (2 hours total). These will be offered weekly by The ASSISTments Foundation. You can choose the option that best fits your schedule or watch the recordings at your own convenience prior to the beginning of the PLC.
  • You will attend one 45 minute orientation to meet your cohort, learn about the experience and the associated technology we will use for the PLC.
  • You will attend eight 75 minute virtual meetings with your PLC cohort every other week over the course of 4 months (total of 10 hours). During these meetings, PLC participants, guided by expert and knowledgeable facilitators, will discuss and share ways to implement ASSISTments to support high-quality math teaching and learning
  • The biweekly (every other week) Zoom sessions will happen on Wednesdays from 7-8:15 pm ET. There will be two separate groups, and you will receive your group placement once you’ve been accepted.
  • If you are placed in Group 1, your dates will be: 1/6 (45 min orientation), 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28
  • If you are placed in Group 2, your dates will be: 1/13 (45 min orientation), 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5
  • You will complete about 1 hour of asynchronous work a week
  • You will answer periodic surveys about your experience and that of your students to help us improve the experience for future cohorts.

If you are interested, please complete this application by November 30th. 



PLC for Experienced ASSISTments Users (7th Grade Math) 

We are looking for experienced ASSISTments users to join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) during Spring 2021 (March - May)!


If you are interested, please complete this application by November 30th. 


Am I a good candidate?

You are a great candidate for this PLC if you fit the below criteria:

  • Intermediate or Experienced ASSISTments user
  • Grade 7 mathematics teacher
  • Willing to assign problems from Illustrative Mathematics (Open Up Resources/Kendall Hunt) 
  • Able to assign students practice problems (e.g., independent math practice, homework, and exit tickets) through ASSISTments on a weekly basis
  • Eager to grow as a math teacher and an ASSISTments user, and excited to actively participate in a learning community with other teachers
  • Consistent availability this Spring on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:15 pm ET (see description of dates below)

 

What can I expect from this experience?

The PLC will launch in March and end in May 2020

  • You will attend one 45 minute orientation on February 10 at 5:00 pm to meet your cohort, learn about the experience and the associated technology we will use for the PLC.
  • You will attend six 75 minute virtual meetings with your PLC cohort every other week over the course of 3 months (total of 7.5 hours). During these meetings, PLC participants, guided by expert and knowledgeable facilitators, will discuss and share ways to implement ASSISTments to support high-quality math teaching and learning
  • The Zoom sessions will happen on Wednesdays from 5-6:15 pm ET on the following dates: 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5. 5/19
  • You will complete about 1 hour of asynchronous work a week
  • You will answer periodic surveys about your experience and that of your students to help us improve the experience for future cohorts.

If you are interested, please complete this application by November 30th.

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100% of participants said they would recommend the PLC to a colleague.
“I wasn't sure what to expect but this definitely exceeded expectations.”
“I left the meeting thinking....are we really done already? I want to keep going!”
“I think this set the standard for remote PD facilitation. Tremendous job.”