Professional Learning Opportunity - Grade 7 teachers of MLs

03/02/2023 9:59 AM | Anonymous

There is an exciting professional development opportunity for grade 7 math teachers who have English learners/multilingual learners in their classes. This opportunity is being offered through a partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands, and several other professional organizations in Connecticut.


The Visual Access to Mathematics professional development course is being offered for free to grade 7 math teachers in Connecticut as part of a research study. In the Visual Access to Mathematics course, teachers from across Connecticut will deepen understanding of visual representations such as double number lines for grade 7 ratio and proportion content, and they will learn strategies that can be integrated with their current mathematics curriculum to support English learners/multilingual learners while also benefitting all students.

Grade 7 teachers who wish to participate will either have the opportunity to engage in the professional development in 2023-2024 or in 2024-2025 as part of the study. For the 2023-24 school year, the professional development will involve:

  • Summer Institute: 3 day in-person workshop August 15-17, 2023; at a location TBD in Connecticut
  • Online sessions:  six school-year sessions that include asynchronous activities and a small-group videoconference meeting
  • Online workshops: Two school-year 2-hour videoconference workshops  

All participating teachers will receive a $325 stipend for completion of project research activities and have the option to earn graduate credit with payment of a graduate credit course fee.

We are currently enrolling grade 7 mathematics teachers for the 2023-2024 school year. Individual teachers are welcome, but we encourage school teams of teachers to join to support school learning communities and institutional knowledge. We have attached a flyer with more information and encourage you to share with colleagues.


If you are a Grade 7 mathematics teacher or a school or district leader interested in learning more, complete this form to sign up for an information session. The sessions are expected to last about 20 minutes and are being offered as follows:

  • Monday, March 20th 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 21st 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 28th 3:30pm
  • Thursday, March 30th 3:00pm
  • Monday, April 3rd 3:00pm
  • Thursday, April 6th 3:30pm

The ATOMIC Mission is to ensure that every Connecticut student receives world-class education in mathematics by providing vision, leadership and support to the K-16 mathematics community and by providing every teacher of mathematics the opportunity to grow professionally.

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