Presenters: Kristen Kinsey and Erin Kranz, ELS Instructional Coaches
Intended Audience: Special Education Teachers, Intervention Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Resource Teachers, and other professionals interested in utilizing the Distar Math and/or Connecting Math Concepts programs
Activity Description: The presenters will review the structure of the DISTAR and Connecting Math Concepts programs. The DISTAR Arithmetic programs are Direct Instruction programs that teach the fundamental skills and concepts of math that are critical for students’ success later in school. Level I is typically used with Kindergarten students but is also effective for high-performing preschool through low-performing grade 2 students. Level II is usually for first graders but is effective for students through grade 3. All skills and concepts are presented to small groups in a fast paced, motivating lesson format and are continuously integrated into more sophisticated review and application exercises. Lessons are designed around major skill tracks. Strategies and concepts are linked from one lesson to the next, and everything taught is continuously integrated and practiced in increasingly complex applications.
Connecting Math Concepts is a complete basal mathematics program that is different from traditional programs. It is designed to give students a useful base of mathematical knowledge and skills and teaches them to think and reason mathematically. It does this through carefully planned, systematic instruction. It is appropriate for regular education students in Grades K through 8 and is particularly effective with students with special needs that have not mastered fundamental math skills.
Connecting Math Concepts combines facts, procedures, conceptual understanding, applications, and problem solving skills to provide a comprehensive curriculum for students. Students learn to understand math by making connections among related math topics, procedures, and knowledge. Key features include:
- • Critical concepts introduced at just the right time help students remember and integrate concepts into previous learning.
- • Explicit, research-proven instruction helps students master math skills.
- • Ongoing assessment and progress monitoring allows teachers to quickly pinpoint areas of concern and correct
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn key features of Distar and CMC, how to determine if programs are appropriate for their students, how to assess students to identify lesson placement, how to effectively teach lessons using the scripts, materials and correction procedures, how to administer in-program assessments, and how to provide remediations for students not demonstrating mastery.
PD Hours: 3.5
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)