Workshop Descripton

Mathematics learning can be difficult for many students, particularly those with a specific learning disability in math, or dyscalculia. This course will familiarize participants with the multiple cognitive mechanisms involved in mathematics learning and performance, and develop an understanding of the core neurobiological deficits which are foundational to dyscalculia. Participants will be introduced to instructional methods that help all students develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics and mathematical language, leading to procedural fluency.  

COURSE DESCRIPTION:This workshop offers 15 hours (PDPs) of synchronous and asynchronous coursework for educators who teach or support students struggling in math and those with dyscalculia or math learning disabilities.

Coursework is organized into 5 modules. Each week, participants will watch a self-guided presentation and/or complete a reading and answer a series of quiz questions. The live workshops are designed to support the application of knowledge through case study work, lesson planning and delivery of instruction.

Live Workshops occur on the following Tuesdays from 6-7pm EST*

Please note New DATES for 2021

Module 1: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Module 2: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Module 3: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Module 4: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Module 5: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

*Attendance at Live Sessions is Mandatory

COURSE MATERIALS: Each enrolled participant will receive a packet of course materials that contains:

1 Course Manual

2 Packs of Cuisenaire Rods

1 Pack of Cluster Cards

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: Every module involves a short quiz and virtual discussion. At the conclusion of the course, participants will develop a final implementation project that includes a lesson or unit plan, potential IEP goal, and recommendations for intervention.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Participants must register by February 12, 2021 to ensure materials are received on time. If minimum enrollment is not met by this date the course may be canceled and participants will be reimbursed.


Module 1: The Neuroscience of Math and Dyscalculia & (3 hours)

A primer on current neuroscience will help participants understand how the brain learns, how math understanding typically develops, and where dyscalculia and math learning disabilities occur. This understanding lays the groundwork for understanding dyscalculia, the nuances of math learning disabilities, and what constitutes effective instruction. Participants will learn about current research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and dyscalculia.

Module 2: Number Concept and Decomposition to 10 (3 hours)

The natural ability to subitize is the foundation for developing counting, number concept, and basic arithmetic. Subitizing provides the basis for developing decomposition and recomposition of number to 10, an essential beginning for all mathematical understanding. Participants will learn to use specific manipulatives to develop these abilities and remediate them in students with learning disabilities.

Module 3: Addition and Subtraction to 20 (3 hours)

Once decomposition and recomposition strategies are developed, students can apply them to solving larger addition and subtraction problems with numbers to 20. Instruction will focus on the intuitive and concrete levels of knowing, developing students’ conceptual understanding and generalizing it to different situations and word problems. Participants will learn to use specific methods of practice to develop fluency and automaticity based on conceptual understanding and use of strategies.

Module 4: Multiplication and Division to 100 (3 hours)

Multiplication and division concepts build on students’ prior understanding of number concept, addition and subtraction. Instruction will use manipulatives to develop conceptual models for multiplication and connect them to their inverse in division. Participants will learn to use specific methods of practice to develop fluency and automaticity based on conceptual understanding and use of strategies.

Module 5: MLD, Assessments, IEPs and Interventions (3 hours)

Multiple cognitive mechanisms are used in mathematics learning and every brain is unique. In this final module, participants will dive deeper into the various components of mathematical learning disabilities (MLD) and assessments that can be used to identify them. Next, we will learn about state and federal guidelines to qualify for a specific learning disability in math, and implications for writing and monitoring the math-related components of IEPs. Last, we will discuss what an intervention session might look like and how to use the instructional methods learned in this course in an intervention setting.

This course is closed for enrollment.