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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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