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Dr. Alan Maloney speaks at AMTE in Orlando

Dr. Alan Maloney presented:

A Learning Trajectory Framework for the Common Core: Turnonccmath for Interpretation, Instructional Planning, and Collaboration

This session showcase was sponsored by Wireless Generation, a Silver Sponsor for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

In a presentation to the attendees of the 2013 annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, sponsored by Wireless Generation, GISMO team leader Dr. Alan Maloney spoke on the K-8 learning trajectories and descriptors of, and their value to both inservice professional development and preservice teacher education. Noting that the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) is a generational project, he first recapped the unprecedented opportunity represented by the CCSS-M to support deeper and more coherent student learning. Dr. Maloney introduced session attendees to the various resources in, including the K-8 hexagon map and the detailed learning trajectory descriptors of cross-grade student learning progressions. He described how leverages research on mathematics learning to unpack the K-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) into learning trajectories that depict the development of student reasoning across grades. Dr. Maloney related how teachers, in a recent professional development course on rational number reasoning organized around the TurnOnCCMath learning trajectories (co-taught with team members Dr. Nicole Panorkou and Dr. KoSze Lee), attested both to many insights they gained about student learning and to the value of the descriptors in strengthening their own content knowledge. Turning to the potential value of TurnOnCCMath to teacher education programs, he observed that in melding detailed learning trajectories with the Common Core Standards, has potential to support new teachers to seamlessly integrate student learning-based perspectives on mathematics conceptual development and their own content knowledge, with the new standards, as they begin their teaching careers.