Math & Numeracy Offerings in October

We continue to publish new offerings! In our quest to reduce emails, we are trying another tack. Today (Monday) we are sending out Math & Numeracy offerings in October to the Math notification list; Tuesday we will send out ELA offerings to the ELA notification list; Wednesday, ESOL offerings; and Thursday, Program Support offerings. These program-specific emails will give more information than our comprehensive list from a few weeks ago. Tell us which you prefer: See instructions at the end of the announcement email to change your Notification preferences, and check out the Upcoming events calendar tab for more. 

Online facilitated and Blended

Tools of Algebra: Using the CUNY Remote Teaching Packet for Intermediate Learners

CUNY (The City University of New York) has developed remote learning packets for adult education students on different math topics. This resource is freely available online at This workshop will help you get started using these packets for remote teaching. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for using these packets to structure remote math instruction, both for students with and without computer access. We will also dive more deeply into one of the packets, Tools of Algebra: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities (Part 1), and look at specific activities and concepts that could be taught over video conferencing software to improve student learning.

Digital Literacy with Desmos: A Math Tool for Teachers and Students

Are you looking for the right technology tool to support mathematical learning? You’ll want to learn more about Desmos Classroom Activities – a powerful (and free!) digital tool for helping students communicate mathematically. In this workshop, Desmos will be introduced as a viable tool to deepen understanding of math concepts through exploration. Come learn more about this tool that you can use to support learning in your classroom. We also invite you to read our blog about using Desmos. 

Estimation for Understanding: Teaching Estimation as a Way to Develop Number Sense

Estimation is more than just ‘rounding numbers’—it’s a bigger and more useful topic than you might think! We use estimation more than we realize when making calculations and decisions in our daily life and at work. Explicitly teaching students to compute mentally and approximate answers develops their number sense and their confidence in using math. In this 75-minute webinar, we will discuss different types of estimation (numerosity, measurement, and computation estimation) and how to integrate them in your instruction to help students develop number sense.

Exploring Linear Equations (Series)

In this virtual workshop series, participants will explore linear relationships and represent them in different formats such as drawings, tables, graphs, and equations. After laying a conceptual foundation with these various representations, participants will apply what they’ve learned to linear relationships by connecting the procedure for slope-intercept form to real-life contexts and to conceptual understanding.

CALM Support Series: Proportional Reasoning (afternoon section)

This online workshop series is intended to help teachers deepen their understanding of the content, teaching strategies, and overall organization of the CALM curriculum. This support session will focus on proportional reasoning. Participants will have a chance to experience CALM activities on that topic, reflect on CALM’s approach to teaching that topic, and share ideas and questions with other teachers. Open to Massachusetts teachers only. 

Introduction to Integrating Math in the ESOL Classroom (Online Course)


Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. This self-paced, facilitated online course is the first in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills into their ESOL classrooms. It provides conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offers strategies for making math accessible to all levels of ESOL students. Each lesson contains several math practice activities, discussion questions, video clips, and lesson ideas.

How Grand Is Your Total? (Series)

In this two-part online workshop series, we will explore a math unit that uses puzzles and questions with multiple solution paths to engage students in learning about properties of numbers and operations, the meaning of equality, and the power of place value. This unit also builds foundational concepts for algebra; specifically, it lays the groundwork for formal learning about properties, inverse operations, and solving equations.

What Story Does This Graph Tell?

This 75-minute webinar is for anyone who teaches ABE math, science, social studies, or ESOL. The instructional strategy of using slow-reveal graphs takes the focus off getting the “right” answer and allows students from a wide variety of math backgrounds and levels (including ELLs) to work together to share their curiosity and interpret graphs. The examples you’ll work with introduce a social justice topic and, if you use the unit plan provided, give your students the opportunity to share their own visuals about a social justice topic they find meaningful.

Digital Literacy with Pear Deck (Series)

Pear Deck is a Google Slides tool that can be used to transform your slide presentations into interactive learning experiences, critical thinking activities, and formative assessments. It’s also free, easy to use, and can be used in live synchronous sessions or shared for asynchronous work. In this two-part online workshop series, you will experience Pear Deck first as a learner, then have the opportunity to create your own Pear Deck-infused lesson. 


Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) Introduction

Opens: 10/12/2021: 9:00 am
Ends: 11/02/2021

This course is designed for teachers who are using or want to use the Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM). CALM teaches conceptual understanding of skills from roughly College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) levels B – E (GLE 3-12) and contains thorough unit plans, lesson plans, and supporting materials. Because CALM is different from traditional curricula, it is important to understand its structure and philosophy to be able to use it effectively. This course will introduce you to the logistical elements of CALM and its guiding principles. To obtain access to CALM and to use it effectively, teachers will need to complete this introduction and are strongly encouraged to attend the ongoing live online CALM Support sessions after completing or while doing this course to experience what CALM activities feel like and how they build deep and long-lasting understanding. Teachers who already use CALM can also benefit from this course as a refresher.

Using the Math Proficiency Guide to Become a More Effective Math Teacher


The Mathematics Proficiency Guide for Teachers of Adult Education* is one of several companion pieces to the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education. The Math Proficiency Guide is designed to inform the practice of new, developing, and advanced instructors who teach math to adult learners.

This virtual course provides participants with practical ways to learn from and implement the material in the Math Proficiency Guide to improve their own math instruction. The course is designed for new to experienced adult education math instructors.

English Learners in the ABE Math Classroom


Most adult education programs have English learners (ELs) in their adult basic education (ABE) courses. These ELs, like their native-English speaking classmates, are often working toward their HiSET or other education and career goals. This online course is designed help adult education instructors teach math to ELs more effectively and in a culturally respectful manner. The strategies and ideas presented in this course are also appropriate for adult ESOL instructors as well as ABE instructors who only have native English-speaking students in class.


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