The WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network offers a variety of sustained mathematics learning events for teachers, leaders, coaches, and administrators. These learning events include professional development and leadership development opportunities, as well as networking and planning sessions for member school districts. Detailed descriptions of each of these learning events are provided below.
Academic Year Professional Development Seminars
Academic Year Professional Development Seminars are held intermittently throughout the school year to sustain and extend teacher learning as well as to support teachers and coaches in their implementation of high quality mathematics instruction. District teams of teachers and coaches are encouraged to attend the full set of school year seminars.
Mathematics Leadership Network
The Mathematics Leadership Network provides a learning community for math coaches and teacher leaders from member districts in which they engage in learning activities designed to support their work with teachers, as well as having opportunities to network with coaches and leaders from member districts. In addition, school administrators are strongly encouraged to participate in the MLN in order to support quality mathematics instruction and improvement student learning.
Annual Summer Mathematics Institute
The Annual Summer Mathematics Institute is a multi-day workshop for coaches and their target teachers to come together to establish a coach-teacher relationship, enhance their mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge, and plan for the upcoming academic year.
Member districts participate in using the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative’sMathematics Assessment Collaborative annual assessment (MAC/MARS). In February, the MAC/MARS exam is distributed to member districts along with performance exam instructions. In March, students take the assessment and teachers work together to score them. In May, preliminary data from the performance exam is shared along with performance levels and individual student reports. In October, the MAC Final Report is discussed and shared with the member districts along with the annual Tools for Teachers document.
Professional Development Webinars
Professional development on the current year's MAC/MARS test is offered for new and experienced District Lead Scorers in order to prepare them to lead scoring sessions. Lead Scorers participate in training for the specific grade level(s) for which they will lead district-based scoring.
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To join the WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network, complete our online membership application.
“I felt that this professional development was invaluable. Taking the time to "do the math" was very meaningful and helped me understand the experiences the students have. It also helped me see how teachers use the work generated by the students to guide instruction. The presenters were phenomenal. They were helpful, thorough, and great sources of information.”
– Summer Institute participant