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Users' Conference - February 21 to 22, 2020

AGENDA
The 2021 CMP Users' Conference dates are TBD. This event will be a virtual conference.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Participant Check-In
Room: Outside of Big 10 BC
Continental Breakfast:
  • Fresh sliced fruits
  • Seasonal berries
  • Variety of bagels
  • Assorted Muffins
  • Fruit Danishes
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Assorted Yogurt Cups
  • Juices, coffee, and teas
Friday
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Introductions - Welcome Overview
Speaker: Yvonne Slanger-Grant, Michigan State University
Room: Big Ten BC
Keynote Talk - The "M" in STEM and CMP
Speaker: Elizabeth Phillips, CMP Author, Michigan State University
"A strong grasp of math concepts at an early age is not only a foundational building block and a gateway to STEM learning, it’s also a major predictor of success later in school and in life." This talk will explore the ways that CMP provides opportunities to support students’ critical thinking that is compatible with learning skills that are needed for STEM and other fields. Essential to STEM success is students' engagement with complex mathematical problems that support their natural curiosity and provide the joy of problem-solving and inquiry--conjecturing, experimenting, reframing, validating, and communicating.

Breakout Sessions

Participants will be able to choose from different breakout sessions. There will be four session options for each time slot.

Friday
9:30 - 10:35 a.m. 
1. Our motto "CMP for ALL Students" is working!
Presented by Maggie Etherington, Maliha Omar, & Jim Mamer
Room: Lincoln
We teach in inclusion classrooms, in an urban setting, with 30 students per classroom, and our students have grown a TON! We will share practical strategies that help ALL students grow in accessing and making sense of the mathematics in CMP. We will use examples from the Looking for Pythagoras unit, but the session's focus easily connects with the other grade levels.

  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.

2. STEM-ing CMP
Presented by Kay Neuse
Room: 103AB
Are you using CMP and being asked to plan STEM lessons? What does it mean to be asked to think like an engineer, scientist or mathematician? We will discuss what is expected to prepare for STEM thinking. Using examples from across the grades, we will identify how CMP lessons support STEM thinking.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
3. What's Problem 1.1 All About?
Presented by Jennifer Kruger
Room: 104AB
Have you ever looked at the first problem in a CMP unit and wondered why these questions are being asked of students at the beginning of a unit? Have you ever wondered how students are expected to engage in these problems so early on in a unit? What is the purpose of these problems? In this session, we will consider the intent of Problem 1.1 in several CMP3 units across the three grade levels. We will examine samples of student work and consider what this work tells us about students' thinking. We will discuss a variety of purposes and possibilities for the use of Problem 1.1 and how to get the most "bang for your buck."
4. Talk Tools: Building Skills for Academic Conversations
Presented by Melanie Del Grosso
Room: 105AB
Critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate one's thinking to others are essential for students in today's world. We will explore strategies for planning and fostering classroom talk to enhance critical thinking. Ideas that can be used in class on Monday will be shared. We will create a shared vision, explore research-based best practices, and identify the skills needed for students to have effective academic conversations in math class. This will allow students to develop deep mathematical understanding during the Explore and Summarize.
Friday
10:50 - 11:55 a.m.
5. Differentiation Framework for a Problem-Based Teaching-Learning Environment
Presented by Yvonne Slanger-Grant
Room: Lincoln
Explore a new framework that outlines five classroom elements shown to support students’ individual learning needs.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
6. From Atlantic City to Mackinaw: A Progression of Proportional Reasoning
Presented by Melanie Del Grosso
Room: 103AB
How does Connected Mathematics use distance to connect the development of proportional reasoning with direct and inverse variation across three grades? In our discussion, we will tease out the underpinnings of direct variation that are developed in grades 6 and 7, and link that to the work on inverse variation in grade 8. We will identify the connections that support student sense-making of direct and inverse variation. For example, in the equation that relates distance, rate and time, the relationship is direct or inverse depending on which variable is constant/ We will collectively discuss ways to make use of these connections and foster critical thinking about the mathematics.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
7. Variables in CMP: Exploring Algebraic Understandings
Presented by Jane Porath
Room: 104AB
What do our students really understand about variables? Using video, we will look into a classroom discussion on problems that promote understanding of variables. Our discussion will include how students express their understanding of variables in algebraic reasoning. Also, we will look at how students interpret and represent the nuances in the ways variables are used.
8. "Expanding" on "Factors" for Distributive Property Success
Presented by Jim Mamer
Room: 105AB
We will discuss the “connected” in Connected Mathematics. We will explore how lessons and strategies for implementing the lessons grow across the units at each of the three grade levels. The tasks we use will be enhanced with the use of manipulatives and models.
Friday
12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Lunch with Round Table Discussions Related to Implementing & Teaching CMP

Lunch Buffet:

  • Gathered Field Greens with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and croutons served with house vinaigrette, and ranch dressing
  • Farfalle Pasta Salad with sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and farmer's market vegetables (vegetarian/vegan)
  • Texas-Style Salad with corn, black bean, and cilantro (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan)
  • Blackened Chicken (gluten-free)
  • Michigan Squash Lasagna with layered seasonal squash, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese (vegetarian)
  • Red Wine-Braised Petit Flat Iron Steak (gluten-free)
  • Vegetable Rice Pilaf (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian)
  • Vegetable Medley (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian)
  • House-Made Petit Desserts

Breakout Sessions

Friday
1:00 to 2:05 p.m.
9. Strategies for Productive Collaborative Group Work
Presented by Meredith Pelchat
Room: Lincoln
CMP classrooms consist of students working collaboratively together to learn mathematics. We will discuss strategies that promote productive collaborative group work. This will include ways to manage groups, promote discussion, provide purpose to group work, and more.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
10. What does Critical Thinking Look Like & Sound Like in a CMP Classroom?   
Presented by Rob Reynolds
Room: 103AB
Engage, actively listen, problem solve, collaborate, conjecture, analyze, … These are just the beginning of what we might collectively identify as critical thinking that can be seen and heard during the Launch, Explore, and Summarize phases of a lesson. We will discuss strategies to structure each lesson phase to facilitate opportunities for students to deepen their approaches using critical thinking.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
11. Let’s Connect to Engage
Presented by Chi-Man Ng & Yelena Berdichevsky
Room: 104AB
Making connections between ideas paves the way for critical thinking. This is one of the powers in the CMP curriculum. How do we develop students' ability to make connections between concepts? We will see this in action by examining the progression of student work from 6th to 8th Grade. We will examine strategies that can be used to help students make connections while developing deep mathematical thinking.
12. Launching a Lesson to Provide Access for All
Presented by Jennifer Kruger & Michaela Marino
Room: 105AB
How we can launch a problem in a way that supports every student’s entry into the task without changing the mathematical challenge? We will examine a variety of Launch scenarios to reflect on the ways that the cognitive demand of a task can be lowered or maintained through implementation. We will collaboratively explore strategies to utilize during our launch to ensure all students have an entry point to a problem without losing the cognitive demand of the task.
Friday
2:20 to 3:25 p.m.
13. "Inclusionville/Urbanville/Realworldville...": How Do We Make It Work?
Presented by Maggie Etherington, Maliha Omar, & Jim Mamer
Room: Lincoln
We will discuss how we help ALL students grow day by day with CMP. This includes what it means to teach CMP in an inclusion setting. What are the strategies that can help each and every student engage in problem-solving that promotes their mathematical understanding? We will share practical strategies that help all students. The examples are from the Looking for Pythagoras unit, but the session's focus easily connects with the other grade levels.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
14. Establishing a Collaborative Learning Culture  
Presented by Mary Beth Schmitt
Room: 103AB
To prepare critical thinkers, students need to engage in a collaborative learning community where they feel comfortable to take risks. The opening days of a school set the stage for the year. We will explore strategies and protocols for establishing a collaborative learning community. Our discussion will include on-going activities to maintain the culture over the course of the school year.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
15. Moves for Uncovering Critical Thinking
Presented by Chi-Man Ng & Yelena Berdichevsky
Room: 104AB
When a student starts his/her middle school journey, we hope to foster an environment where critical thinking is part of the learning process but how do we do that strategically? How do CMP teachers plan for this important but "invisible" work prior to the lesson? We will view an example of the planning for and the implementation of a lesson through classroom videos of Grade 6 and Grade 7. We will examine teacher moves and student engagement during Explore or Summarize phase. We will also “go behind the scenes” and discuss how we plan for the Explore and Summarize phase of a CMP lesson.
16. Experience the CMP Digital Collaborative Environment Funded by NSF
Presented by Alden J. Edson
Room: 105AB
How might we think about promoting student engagement in digital collaborative settings? Bring your laptop and experience how we are going digital with Grade 7 units. We will connect this experience to a discussion on the latest research efforts, including development, classroom testing, research results, and next steps.
Friday
3:40 to 4:45 p.m.
17. CMP, Algebra, and the PSAT
Presented by Kathy Dole
Room: Lincoln

How do we maintain a problem solving/STEM CMP classroom while preparing students for a standardized test? We will examine how CMP3 aligns with the PSAT, the test used for 8th Grade in Michigan. We will explore ways to provide students with the necessary experiences prior to taking the PSAT in the spring. There will be a special focus algebra including systems of linear equations.

  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.

18. Literacy and CMP: How to Support Struggling Reader
Presented by Michaela Marino
Room: 103AB

Do you have students that read below grade level?

Do they struggle to understand the text in CMP?

Are you looking for strategies that engage students who are reading below grade level?

What are our current struggles and successes in supporting literacy in the CMP Classroom?

We will experience, discuss, and plan for high leverage literacy moves to support struggling readers to access and persevere through the rich problems in CMP. Through our collaborative work, we will create a list of literacy strategies that can be implemented in our classrooms.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
19. Assessment Literacy: Finding out what students really know
Presented by Meredith Pelchat
Room: 104AB
There is buzz around assessment literacy, standards-based grading, and standards-referenced grading. Incorporating those ideas can seem daunting. Let’s look at how to harness the power of assessment as a tool for you and your students. We will discuss how to use learning targets, link those to assessment, and assign grades that provide specific targeted results. Explore how implementing this system can provide powerful feedback to your students. No more questioning what they really know or what their grade really means. We will specifically be using 7th grade materials for referencing but the concepts can be applied to all CMP classroom.
20. Thinking Like an Engineer: What E can mean for M in STEM
Presented by Kay Neuse
Room: 105AB
The Engineering Design Process is a great model for students to use as they navigate their way through mathematically rich CMP problems. We will look at several engineering design models, connect them to rich problems, and reflect on how they encourage deep thinking. Our discussion will include how to plan and present these lessons.
Friday
4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Edamane Pot Stickers with Sesame Soy Dripping Sauce (V)
  • Angus Beef Meatballs with Garlicky-Smoked Ketchup
  • Thai Cashew Chicken Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Salmon Brochette with Hoisin Teriyak Drizzle
  • Wild Mushroom Crostini with Pine Nuts and Truffle Essence (V)
  • Tomato Caper Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction (V)
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Crisp Phyllo Cup
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Charcuterie Board
  • Artisan Cheeses
Reception and Prize Drawings
Room: Big Ten BC

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday
7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Room: Big Ten BC
Fresh sliced fruits, seasonal berries, variety of bagels, assorted muffins, fruit danishes, hard-boiled eggs, and assorted yogurt cups. Juices, coffee, and teas.

Breakout Sessions

Saturday
8:00 - 9:05 a.m.
21. Not Your Grandparents’ Algebra          
Presented by Elizabeth Phillips
Room: Lincoln
We will examine CMP tasks that develop deep algebraic reasoning across the grades. Evidence of students’ mathematical understanding and sense-making will be discussed through classroom videos, student work, and longitudinal research data. We will focus on how teachers can support deepening understanding, using the mathematical practices, building on prior knowledge, and making visible new concept connections. Contrast between traditional algebra and contemporary contextual, problem-based curriculum will be shared.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
22. Eyes Toward the Why: Building Curiosity about Numerical Operations
Presented by Melanie Del Grosso
Room: 103AB
Many of our students come to us without deep conceptual understanding and flexibility with numbers. Research has shown that high achieving students are successful because they use number sense to solve problems. In this session, we will look at best practices for making mathematical arguments. We will identify ways to promote number sense, and how student understanding of number can be deepened through writing conjectures and lingering on those conjectures with contexts and representations. Ways to promote questioning, justification, representation, and argument in the classroom will be discussed.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
23. Claim, Support, Question: Students Confronting Their Conjectures
Presented by Mary Beth Schmitt
Room: 104AB
Capturing student thinking to be shared and analyzed later is often a daunting task. Let's explore multiple different ways students can capture their thinking and engage in rich class discussions.
24. I Caught You Thinking!
Presented by Kay Neuse
Room: 105AB
Capturing student thinking to be shared and analyzed later is often a daunting task. Let's explore multiple different ways students can capture their thinking and engage in rich class discussions.
Saturday
9:20 - 10:25 a.m.
25. Top 10 Ways to Refine Implementation: Teacher Guide Resources
Presented by Jennifer Kruger & Michaela Marino
Room: Lincoln
In this session we will dig deeper into what it means to understand linear relationships, and how linear relationships connect to many other concepts across the units and grade levels, AND we will discuss strategies that increase all students’ understanding. We will experience a Launch-Explore-Summary that increases student engagement, collaboration, and understanding. Specific planning decisions such as the use of "stand and talk", a specific talk move, and the use of technology will be utilized and discussed. We will reflect on how the content and pedagogy is connected across ALL three grade levels of CMP and is used in many lessons once we know how to use them!
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
26. Helping More Students Engage, Collaborate, and Understand Linear Relationships
Presented by Jim Mamer
Room: 103AB
In this session we will dig deeper into what it means to understand linear relationships, and how linear relationships connect to many other concepts across the units and grade levels, AND we will discuss strategies that increase all students’ understanding. We will experience a Launch-Explore-Summary that increases student engagement, collaboration, and understanding. Specific planning decisions such as the use of "stand and talk", a specific talk move, and the use of technology will be utilized and discussed. We will reflect on how the content and pedagogy is connected across ALL three grade levels of CMP and is used in many lessons once we know how to use them!
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
27. Fostering Agency in Students  
Presented by Chi-Man Ng & Yelena Berdichevsky
Room: 104AB
In a CMP3 classroom, teachers question students about their thinking during the Explore or Summarize. What questions develop this critical thinking skill that continue even when the teachers are not around? In this session, we will examine structures in a CMP classroom that showcase critical thinking. We will also share teacher practices that help students learn to critique each other's reasoning in a safe, collaborative environment.
28. The Launch and Summary Connection
Presented by Kathy Dole
Room: 105AB
In a STEM setting, we design our teaching to promote critical thinking in the Launch, Explore, and Summarize. This session will focus on enhancing the Summary by focusing on the Launch.
Saturday
10:40 - 11:45 a.m.
29. Pacing: How Does It Impact Critical Thinking?
Presented by Jane Porath
Room: Lincoln
Having a hard time figuring out how to do everything? We will explore strategies to help maximize student learning in your classroom. Our discussion will include how thoughtful attention to pacing can promote critical thinking.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
30. Using CMP with Language-Challenged Children
Presented by Anne Marie Nicoll-Turner
Room: 103AB
Do you work with special needs students? We will examine strategies to differentiate for input, process, and output, and create some accommodated lessons, while keeping the demand of the task high. All students can benefit from rich mathematical tasks and communicate mathematically.
  This session will be recorded for use by the CMP Office and for potential future professional development.
31. Fostering Deeper Student Discourse
Presented by Mary Beth Schmitt
Room: 104AB
We will explore how the use of different mediums can enhance student ownership of their learning. This includes the structures needed for students to communicate their problem-solving and reasoning. We will analyze student work from various problems and consider how to foster deeper student discourse.
32. Assessments: Setting Expectations for Demonstrating Critical Thinking
Presented by Rob Reynolds
Room: 105AB
We will strategize and discuss how to structure assessments that provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their depth of understanding with the mathematics. In addition, we will explore how to motivate students to reveal their critical thinking and express their struggles while exploring the mathematics. Our discussion will include how we formatively use assessment information to deepen the content and challenge as a CMP unit progresses.
Saturday
11:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Very Veggie Wrap with roasted peppers, red onion, tomato, cucumber, spinach, and hummus on spinach wrap (V) (VG)
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with herb roasted tomatoes, provolone, bacon, avocado, and buttermilk ranch on a pretzel bun
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich with dried cherries, walnuts, lettuce, and tomato on wheat berry bread
  • Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with bacon, peppers, and smoked gouda on ciabatta bread
Boxed Lunch
Each option includes sandwich, fresh fruit cup, baked cookie a salty snack, and drink
Closing Keynote - 3 Keys to Unlocking More CMP Success

A panel of experienced teacher leaders will answer your questions. You will be able send us your questions throughout the conference or ask your questions in the session. All panel members have taught CMP and continue to help multiple districts implement CMP.

Also, each leader will share 3 key ideas to strengthen your continued implementation of CMP.

Panel: Kathy Dole, Jennifer Kruger, and Jim Mamer
Moderator: Yvonne Slanger-Grant
Room: Big Ten BC
Closing Remarks, iPad Mini & Chromebook Giveaway
Elizabeth Phillips, Michigan State University