Institute for Educational Development

Accelerating Student Success in Your MATH Classroom

(Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Patrick Sullivan

Outstanding Math Teacher and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Who Teach Math in Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, Math Specialists and Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, and Administrators

  • New, innovative strategies to accelerate the success of ALL students in your math classroom
  • Practical strategies to help your students achieve deeper conceptual understanding of essential math concepts
  • Timesaving strategies to help your students become more accountable for their own math learning
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook to help you immediately implement practical strategies to enhance your students’ math learning

Practical Strategies

This NEW seminar will focus on the most effective strategies for accelerating grades 6-12 student success in mathematics. Outstanding math teacher and national presenter, Patrick Sullivan will share new and innovative math teaching strategies that will help you re-imagine math instruction in grades 6-12 to better meet the diverse needs of your students. You’ll learn how to more effectively differentiate math instruction to better engage not only students who are struggling to learn essential math concepts but also those who need greater challenge. Patrick will also share practical strategies for increasing rigor in your math instruction and proven ways to increase your students’ accountability for their own math learning and create an environment where your students are doing the “heavy lifting.”

You’ll leave this seminar equipped with a fresh perspective on the most effective instructional practices for mathematics teaching in grades 6-12 and a wealth of new strategies for accelerating your students’ success in learning essential mathematics concepts.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Accelerate Student Learning In Your Math Classroom
    Learn new and innovative tweaks for presenting math content that will enable all your students to better access mathematics content and experience greater success
  2. Gain a Fresh Perspective on Effective Math Instruction in Grades 6-12
    Learn specific implications for secondary level math instruction based on the latest research from the neurosciences … Be prepared for some surprises
  3. Expand Your Toolbox of Strategies to Engage Students in Higher Level Math Thinking
    Learn practical, highly effective strategies for math instruction and assessment that will empower your students to think more deeply about the mathematics they are learning … Walk away with numerous strategies that you can incorporate into your classroom immediately
  4. Raise the Cognitive Demand of Math Activities
    Learn time-efficient ways to identify the level of cognitive demand of your current math lessons … Learn how to increase the cognitive challenge of math tasks using your existing curriculum
  5. Maximize Your Effectiveness as a Math Educator
    Enhance your math instruction with strategies that enable you to create a classroom environment in which greater responsibility for learning is placed on your students
  6. Strengthen Your Students’ Understanding of Essential Mathematical Ideas
    Re-envision how mathematics ideas are related to each other and leverage these new understandings to help students build a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas
  7. Promote Greater Student Accountability
    Discover engaging strategies to make your math classroom a more vibrant, respectful student-centered learning community
  8. Make Math Homework a More Worthwhile Learning Experience for You and Your Students
    Determine the homework experiences your students really need to support rigorous mathematics learning … Using research-based strategies, turn homework into a more worthwhile experience students enjoy doing and teachers enjoy grading!
  9. Increase the Rigor of Your Mathematics Instruction
    Incorporate easy-to-implement steps to increase the rigor in your mathematics instruction … Numerous strategies that can be implemented immediately in your math instruction!
  10. Receive an Extensive Math Resource Handbook Packed with Tools to Accelerate Math Learning
    Each participant will receive an extensive math instruction resource handbook filled with ideas and strategies to accelerate student learning in your math classroom

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • The essential instructional techniques every math teacher needs to know to increase student success in math in grades 6-12
  • Innovative ways to incorporate higher level thinking into your math classroom routines
  • How to create math lessons that increase student learning and engage the entire class
  • How to tweak a lesson to make it accessible to all of your students
  • Simple changes to the dynamics of your math classroom that hold students more accountable for learning
  • The four key components for accelerating math learning in the grades 6-12 classroom
  • Ways to quickly assess students’ mathematical understanding
  • Powerful questioning strategies that support active student engagement and participation
  • Creative ways to help students retain the language and vocabulary necessary for communicating a deep understanding of mathematical ideas
  • A wealth of ready-to-use ideas and strategies for accelerating learning in your math classroom
  • Ways to make homework a more worthwhile learning experience for students And a more worthwhile grading experience for you!

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Have you had moments in your career as a math teacher in which you have asked yourself, “How can I teach math in a way that will really stick with my students?” or “Why does it take so long for my students to learn this concept?” I have been there and I have asked those same questions. Over the past 15 years, I have striven to develop and implement new techniques, strategies and activities that would help me more effectively address the answers to these questions.

I have designed this seminar to answer these questions by sharing the practical strategies and techniques that I have learned. This seminar will provide you with easy-to-implement strategies and tools that you can use, no matter the level of your students, to increase the retention of important math ideas, and accelerate student achievement in your math classroom. I’ll share with you what has worked (and what has not) and what I have learned by incorporating these ideas into my own math instructional practices.

Among my goals for this seminar is that you leave excited and empowered to put these ideas into action in your own math classroom. Our day will be filled with proven practices, practical strategies and “aha moments” that will have you re-imagining your own math classroom and wanting more!

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Patrick Sullivan

P.S: I am confident that you’ll leave this seminar inspired and empowered to accelerate learning in your math classroom. You will leave with a wealth of easy-to-implement strategies and ready-to-use activities that can be used immediately in your own secondary mathematics classroom.

Who Should Attend

Educators Who Teach Math in Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, Math Specialists and Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive math instruction resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Proven techniques to accelerate math learning for ALL of your students
    • A wealth of ready-to-use ideas and strategies for accelerating math learning
    • Tips on how to incorporate higher level thinking into your classroom routines
    • Easy-to-implement activities that can help students understand mathematical ideas at a deeper conceptual level
    • Strategies to help students retain the language and vocabulary necessary for communicating a deep understanding of mathematical ideas
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in increasing student success in math.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Patrick Sullivan will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own math program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.