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The institute staff works with teachers and curriculum coordinators in Kindergarten through grade 12 to ensure a strong alignment between curriculum and state framework. Areas of focus include curriculum mapping, assessment development, differentiated instruction, and research-based instructional strategies. Staff members also will assist teachers with how to prepare students for state assessments. 

Math Workshop Model 

The Math Workshop model focuses on cultivating and developing all learners’ understanding by creating and facilitating learning experiences that invite students to construct and negotiate deep conceptual understanding, as well as develop fluency with numbers. Participants will gain a greater understanding of focus, congruence, and rigor and how to structure your lessons, set up your classroom, establish routines, and create materials to support differentiated instruction. It includes constructing mini lessons and guided math instruction, establishing centers, rotations and stations; and sharing work. The professional learning is for elementary teachers (K-5) math educators (6-8). 

Illustrative Mathematics  

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based mathematics curriculum that develops a student's mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections. The CREC Resource Group is proud to be a Certified Partner of Illustrative Mathematics (IM) and offer IM Certified professional learning. We offer a full suite of professional learning opportunities that complement the IM curriculum and help teachers implement the materials seamlessly.  

As part of CREC Resource Group's Illustrative Mathematics professional learning, participants will: 

  • Examine the overarching design structure of the curriculum at a variety of levels including the units, lessons and lesson activities 
  • Be introduced to the curriculum materials including formative and summative assessments 
  • Discuss the norms, routines, and structures 
  • Explore the built-in supports 
  • Learn to anticipate common issues teachers may encounter with the curriculum and its implementation 

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