Find an Easier Way to Address the Common Core while Building Confident Mathematical Thinkers

PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparing students to be successful mathematicians under the new Common Core math standards requires innovative teaching tools from implementation through evaluation—so that students can apply the skills and concepts critical to their achievement today throughout their lifetime.

This spring, Staff Development for Educators (SDE) offers a powerful, Common Core Math & the 8 Mathematical Practices: Implementing with Impact seminar to help educators discover how to engage students in higher-level thinking and reasoning the way the new standards require. Designed for grades K-2 teachers, math interventionists, special education teachers, Title One support staff, and principals or curriculum directors, this two-day seminar equips educators with the tools needed to bring about student success in the classroom.

Led by respected educational consultant and Common Core expert Shannon Samulski, Common Core Math & the 8 Mathematical Practices trains teachers how to create classrooms of willing, enthusiastic, and successful mathematicians while digging deep into the math Common Core standards and how to interconnect the 8 Mathematical Practice Standards into daily teaching. Samulski draws from many years of experience using Response to Intervention, data-driven instruction, and differentiation to ensure students learn and succeed.

"It's easy to make math accessible, exciting, and doable for your young mathematicians—no matter which math curriculum you follow," says Samulski. "My strategies can help you guide and challenge your students' numeracy development while building their excitement about math."

Common Core Math & the 8 Mathematical Practices will help teachers expand their knowledge of the critical shifts and identify what is needed to implement them in the classroom, while providing a variety of kinesthetic, manipulative, and symbolic CCSS learning activities to deepen understanding of early math concepts. Aside from helping to deliver a systematic framework for evaluation of student achievement in math using performance tasks, Samulski also provides structure for student math journals and other opportunities to help students apply the 8 Mathematical Practice Standards to real-world learning.

In addition, Samulski includes an additional focus on cross-curricular connections, offering developmentally-appropriate activities and tasks that span into literature, science, and social studies.

The seminar is designed for new and veteran teachers alike, and through teacher-tested strategies on collaboration, connections, questioning, and discovery, presents fun-filled ways to reach Common Core goals, foster an "I love math" attitude in students, and make the job of teaching math easier and more enjoyable.

"You'll walk away from this seminar ready to meet the challenge of Common Core math and loaded with activities and games for creating students who reason, solve problems, think mathematically—and love math," enthuses Samulski.

Staff Development for Educators is America's leading provider of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. SDE believes that educators have the most important job in the world. That's Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.

All SDE events include a free resource book of handouts, lesson ideas, reproducibles, and more, and a free 60-day membership at With the paid registration of a staff member, SDE extends free tuition to a principal from the same building, and also offers group discounts for groups of 10+ and 20+.

Common Core Math & the 8 Mathematical practices will be offered in Nashville, TN on April 9-10, and in Atlanta, GA on May 7-8. Educators interested registering for this seminar, or learning about more about SDE's national conferences, upcoming SDE events, or other professional development opportunities, can visit, call 1-800-462-1478, or email

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