Formative Assessment in Mathematics

Registration Closed.
In-Person Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
Related Materials: Syllabus
Related Course: Speak up! Orchestrating Discussion in the Mathematics Classroom

1creditblendedgrades_6-12Is lesson planning taking over your life? Are you spending hours spinning your wheels, trying to come up with that perfect lesson plan? What if you had repeatable and effective instructional activities that could be used to help students make progress toward learning goals? This course, which builds on Speak Up! Orchestrating Discussion in the Mathematics Classroom, introduces participants to such activities. In particular, instructors focus on one particular routine: Connecting Representations, which supports teachers in building on student ideas as students engage in authentic mathematical problem solving. In this course, teachers will develop planning habits that will help increase student contributions and support teachers’ ability to provide formative assessments. This will be accomplished through the integration of five formative assessment practices as defined in Dylan Wiliam’s book, “Embedded Formative Assessment.”

This course will also support students with the Common Core Standard of Mathematical Practice, “Look for and make use of structure.” Participating teachers will also have the opportunity to rehearse the routine, Connecting Representations.

As a result of taking this course, teachers will know and be able to do the following:

  1. Develop an understanding of how students typically comprehend mathematical ideas
  2. Learn to use formative assessments to support student learning
  3. Plan lessons that utilize repeatable instructional activities to help develop core teaching practices

Course Expectations:

  • Attend one 6-hour in-person session
  • Spend 1-2 hours applying the strategies learned in the teachers’ own classrooms
  • Plan and enact a lesson plan for the instructional activity, “Connecting Representations”
  • Participate in online discussion forums
  • Complete five class reflections
  • Provide and receive peer feedback on assignments with enthusiasm and an open mind

This class will be taught by

David Wees

David is an Instructional Specialist with New Visions for Public Schools, and is responsible for producing inquiry-based curriculum aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards in high school mathematics. He has taught middle school and high school mathematics and science in New York, London, Bangkok and Vancouver. He holds a B.Sc. in mathematics, a B.Ed. in secondary mathematics, and an M.A. in educational technology.

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Kaitlin Ruggiero

Kaitlin is a mathematics teacher at High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology. She has taught high school mathematics in the NYCDOE since 2008. She holds a B.S. in mathematics and secondary education from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. in adolescent literacy from CUNY Hunter.


“Kaitlin was warm and approachable, knowledgeable, flexible and extremely helpful. She created an atmosphere where teachers felt comfortable sharing feedback and rehearsing.” -Course Participant, Summer 2016

Course Location

New Visions for Public Schools
205 E. 42nd Street, 4th FL
New York, NY 10017

Course Fees & Registration Policies

New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.