CORE Math® Academy for Secondary Schools

CORE’s Math Academies for Secondary Schools are designed to increase mathematical

content understanding and best practices to enable students to become mathematically proficient and meet rigorous state standards. Based on the current research and findings from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the National Research Council, and other prominent mathematics researchers, the CORE Math Academies focus on the critical topics that pose challenges for many students, particularly those who are behind in mathematics achievement. While each Math Academy session is dedicated to a discrete topic, it is recommended, but not required, that all five sessions be included in a robust professional development plan. Each topic below requires a full-day session but may be taken in half-day increments.

Participant Outcomes

  • Understand best practices for improving student proficiency in selected topics.
  • Understand math concepts and the connections between concepts and procedures.
  • Recognize and resolve student misconceptions.
  • Identify mathematical language and how to develop its use in students.
  • Understand the use of mathematical discourse to promote engagement and deep processing.
  • Learn effective strategies for connecting visual models to numerical representations through student engagement, mathematical reasoning, and making mathematics explicit.

Middle School Topical Outline

Topic: Number Sense and Operations

  • Thinking Deeply about Mathematics
  • Understanding Numbers
  • Mental Math
  • Intervention with Multidigit Operations

 Topic: Fractions

  • Fractions and Equivalence
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Common Misconceptions

Topic: Multiplicative Thinking

  • Percent
  • Ratio and Multiplicative Thinking
  • Proportions
  • Applications and Word Problems

Topic: Geometry and Measurement

  • Geometric Thinking
  • Measurement
  • Properties of Shapes
  • Transformations

Topic: Entering Algebra

  • Integers
  • Solving Equations
  • Patterns to Functions
  • Mathematical Discourse

 Levels: 5–8

 Format: Sessions may be selected based on identified needs. It is recommended that schools select the entire 5-day Math Academy to be completed over time in 1-2 day chunks in combination with other CORE Math workshops, or as a summer 5-day institute.

 Audience: District and school leadership, math coaches, math chairs, classroom teachers, and specialists

High School Topical Outline

Topic: Fractions and Rational Numbers

  • Number Sets and Fractions
  • Connecting Representations
  • Understanding Procedures
  • Applications and Problem Solving

Topic: Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

  • Ratio, Rates, and Proportions
  • Percent
  • Proportional Thinking
  • Applications and Problem Solving

Topic: Algebra and Solving Equations

  • Integers
  • Variables and Expressions
  • Solving Equations
  • Applications and Problem Solving

Topic: Algebra and Functions

  • Patterns and Functions
  • Connecting Multiple Representations
  • Properties of Functions
  • Applications and Problem Solving

Topic: Geometry

  • Geometric Thinking
  • Properties of Shapes
  • From Conjecture to Proof
  • Applications and Problem Solving

Levels: 9–12

Format: Sessions may be selected based on identified needs. It is recommended that schools select the entire 5-day Math Academy to be completed over time in 1-2 day chunks in combination with other CORE Math workshops, or as a summer 5-day institute.

Audience: District and school leadership, math coaches, math chairs, classroom teachers, and specialists

Take a Look at More Math Professional Learning Services from CORE

CORE offers many more services, workshops and publications to support your math professional learning. Take a look at our services overview to see which offerings align with your current goals for your students’ mathematics achievement. CORE professional learning experts are available to help you assess your needs and develop a personalized professional learning program that will provides l0ng-term and sustained results and helps all learners succeed.