Professional Development

The Jordan District Math Department offers several professional development opportunities throughout the year.  Teachers may enroll in single day or multi-day classes.  Online classes are also available.

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Classes for Credit

Depth of Knowledge

  • Subject: Depth of Knowledge
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: Melinda Dummer, Jane Harward, Wendy Harmon
  • Class Format: Instructor Led
  • Description: Depth of Knowledge (DOK) assures that your course and your assessments have rigor -­- and that your students gain lasting understanding. This course will teach the basics of Depth of Knowledge and give you the tools to make your curriculum more rigorous. Participants should bring an assignment or assessment they would like to improve. It is also beneficial if you attend with a PLC colleague.
  • Dates: September 7, December 7, or March 8
  • Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Credit Type: relicensure hours
  • Fee: none
  • Registration Information: jpls.truenorthlogic.com Course Number: 101224
  • Contact Person: Wendy Harmon

Assessment Design Workshop

  • Subject: Assessment Design
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: Brooke Anderson, Holly Allen
  • Class Format: Instructor Led
  • Description: This is a two-day, twelve-hour workshop intended to provide teachers with the basic tools of assessment design including: · matching assessments to standards · defining constructs (skills and attributes) · determining scope of the assessment · item design (including item roots and responses) · test equating By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created an assessment that could viably be used as a summative or formative assessment for their own classroom or a pre- and post-test.
  • Dates: September 13-14, January 17-18, or April 11-12
  • Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Credit Type: relicensure hours
  • Fee: none
  • Registration Information: jpls.truenorthlogic.com Course Number: 101197
  • Contact Person: Wendy Harmon

MathXL Overview

  • Subject: MathXL
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructor: Melissa Brown
  • Class Format: Instructor Led
  • Description: Melissa Brown has been using MathXL for a number of years. She will explain how she got started and why she continues to use the program. She will help teachers learn how to create their own courses and what they need to purchase in order to use the program at their schools. She will also answer questions. If you plan to attend, you must request a free teacher access code from Pearson 3 days before the class by going to: http://www.mathxlforschool.com/home_school.htm
  • Date: October 24
  • Time: 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm
  • Credit Type: relicensure hours
  • Fee: none
  • Registration Information: jpls.truenorthlogic.com Course Number: 115124
  • Contact Person: Wendy Harmon

USBE Principles to Actions: an Overview

  • Subject: Principles to Actions Book Study
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: state board instructor
  • Class Format: Online
  • Description: Want to increase your capacity to ensure the mathematical success for all students in your classroom, school, and community? Join us in the Principles to Actions course examining mathematical teaching practices and guiding principles for school mathematics. The primary source used in this course is the recent NCTM publication Principles to Actions. Participants will receive an electronic version of the book Principles to Actions (available in print version $28 at NCTM.org).
  • Dates: Begins September 7, 2017
  • Time: course will let you know
  • Credit Type: 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour
  • Fee: for SUU or USBE credit, fee for book
  • Registration Information: http://www.uen.org/development/usoe/math/index.shtml
  • Contact Person: Joleigh Honey, Joleigh.Honey@schools.utah.gov

Magnifying 8th Grade Mathematics

  • Subject: 8th Grade Mathematics
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: state board instructor
  • Class Format: Blended (starts online)
  • Description: Eighth grade is an essential part of students’ middle school mathematical experience. In the course, Magnifying 8th grade Mathematics, we will take a deep look into what makes 8th grade mathematics unique and the essential understandings that every student needs to leave 8th grade knowing to be confident in high school mathematics. We will identify key differences between the 8th grade and 9th grade concepts so that math educators are familiar with the separation between the two grade levels. We will also connect prior learning from 7th grade mathematics and discuss how 8th grade teachers can use this to help their student’s become successful in learning the 8th grade core.
  • Dates: Begins September 7, 2017
  • Time: course will let you know
  • Credit Type: 1.0 SUU or USBE credit hour
  • Fee: for SUU or USBE credit
  • Registration Information: http://www.uen.org/development/usoe/math/index.shtml
  • Contact Person: Joleigh Honey, Joleigh.Honey@schools.utah.gov

(Stanford University) Integrating Language Development and Content Learning in Math: Focus on Reasoning

  • Subject: Integrating Language Development and Content Learning in Math
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: Dr. Jeff Zwiers, Dr. Phil Daro, and Dr. Shelbi Cole (Stanford University)
  • Class Format: Online
  • Description: The sessions will zoom in on different language modes and how they can foster students’ abilities to reason and describe their reasoning. Sessions focus on listening, speaking, whole class conversations, small group and pair conversations, reading, and writing. We provide a design tool and plenty of practice using it in order to strengthen the language development potential of a wide range of math teaching activities. The course also includes instructional activities and routines to be used across lessons and units to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of English learners and other students who struggle with the language demands of learning math.
  • Dates: October 3, 2017 to March 6, 2018
  • Time: course will let you know
  • Credit Type: relicensure
  • Fee: free
  • Registration Information: https://lagunita.stanford.edu/courses/course-v1:Education+XEDUC203+Fall2017/about

Using Math Software (Handy Graph, Math Illustrations, Geogebra)

  • Subject: Math Software
  • Grades: 7 through 12
  • Instructors: Wendy Harmon
  • Class Format: Can be done at your school with a teacher or a group of teachers
  • Description: This can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your teachers in helping them get started in using math software to create math graphics for tests and assignments.
  • Dates: Selected by the school/teacher
  • Time: Selected by the school/teacher
  • Credit Type: relicensure hours
  • Fee: Purchase price of the software
  • Registration Information: arrange with Wendy Harmon
  • Contact Person: Wendy Harmon

Related Sites and Resources

UEN Professional Development

UEN Online Mathematics Professional Learning Courses

USOE Professional Learning Series: Secondary Mathematics

Mathematics Vision Project

Engage NY


For Principals

Specialist and/or consultant are available to help departments with:

  • Coaching

  • PLC Support

  • Data Review

  • Core support