Online Math Academy

CORE’s Online Math Academy is designed to build teachers’ knowledge of fractions and how to help students master them. 

Course Overview

Deepen your knowledge of fractions and how to deliver evidence-based instruction that develops students’ proficiency with fractions.

  • Learn how fraction concepts and skills build and connect within and across conceptual topics and grade levels.
  • Understand the meaning and uses of fractions.
  • Explore and practice physical and visual models for operations with fractions.
  • Describe the connections between visual and numerical representations of fractions and operations with fractions.
  • Develop flexibility with operations and uses of fractions.
  • Learn strategies to address common misconceptions with fractions.
  • Connect learning to your curriculum.

Choose from either of these two online, asynchronous facilitated courses:

Fraction Meaning, Equivalence, Addition, and Subtraction: Jan 12– Feb 8, 2023 (Download the syllabus.)

Multiplication and Division with Fractions: Feb 16– Mar 15, 2023 (Download the syllabus.)

Both courses are offered several times a year. You do not need to take the courses in any order. Sign up for the one that works best with your schedule.

There are no required materials for the course. All necessary materials are provided within the course.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Flexibly use multiple models to represent fractions and operations with fractions.
  • Connect physical and visual models to both number lines and numerical procedures with operations with fractions.
  • Describe the progression of learning that leads to deep understanding for students.
  • Connect conceptual and procedural learning of fractions across grade levels.
  • Connect fraction operations to whole number operations.
  • Use strategies to address common misconceptions.
  • Identify the best practices for developing a rigorous understanding and mastery of fraction concepts and procedures.

This course is for individuals or teams of elementary educators who want to learn effective standards-aligned and research-based practices for the teaching and learning of fractions for all learners. 

Participants should have regular access to computers with an Internet connection and proficiency with email and current internet browsers.

  • Teachers (most appropriate for grades 3–6)
  • Math specialists
  • Principals/assistant principals
  • Math instructional coaches
  • Special Education and intervention teachers
  • Pre-service teachers or classes

Participants may receive one (1) graduate-level semester extension unit for an additional cost of $109 per course. Units are typically used for salary advancement. There are no additional requirements beyond successful completion of the course. Participants may register and pay for this unit once the course has started.

A full refund of registration fees is available for cancellations 30 days or more prior to the course start date. A 50% refund is available for cancellations less than 30 days but more than 14 days prior to course start date.

Contact to cancel a registration 14 or more days prior to course start date.

No refunds are available 13 days or less prior to course start date or anytime on or after course start date.

Meet Our Experts

Dean Ballard
Dean Ballard

Director of Mathematics | CORE Learning

Dean Ballard is the Director of Mathematics for CORE. Dean has developed CORE’s math trainings, overseen CORE’s expert math team and services, and worked extensively with schools, teachers, and consultants on effective instruction and implementation of rigorous standards through their core and intervention programs.

Cyndia Ackerman
Cyndia Acker-Ramirez

Director, Professional Learning | CORE Learning

Cyndia Acker-Ramirez partners with schools and districts to reimagine job-embedded professional learning, with a focus on the instructional core, instructional decision-making, and leveraging curricular materials to deepen students’ mathematical understanding. As part of these efforts, Cyndia is leading the development and scale of CORE’s collaborative inquiry model that aims to support growth in student belonging, academic identity, and achievement while fostering teacher collective efficacy and individual agency in instructional decision-making.

Dr. Katie Kaskasky
Katie Laskasky

Program Manager | CORE Learning

As Program Manager, Katie Laskasky works to collaboratively develop and support the implementation of CORE’s professional learning and coaching model with schools and districts to include developing teacher capacity in instructional decision making and integrating job-embedded curriculum implementation support. Katie also revises CORE’s professional learning curriculum to deepen teacher pedagogical content knowledge in providing math instruction aligned to the CA Mathematics Framework.

Tatiana Mirzaian
Tatiana Mirzaian

Program Manager | CORE Learning

As Program Manager, Tatiana Mirzaian works collaboratively to develop and support the implementation of CORE’s CORE’s Collaborative Inquiry model with schools and districts to reimagine job-embedded professional learning. In doing so, Tatiana works to create experiences with partnering schools and districts to deepen teacher pedagogical content knowledge and develop their capacity in instructional decision-making.