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2019 Grand Rapids Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (GREML)

We invite you to join TeachingWorks in Grand Rapids, MI for the 2019 Grand Rapids Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (GREML) from June 10 through June 14, 2019. The GREML is structured to make it possible for educators, policymakers, and education advocates to engage directly in the close study of teaching practice. Participants in the GREML will have the chance to observe an elementary mathematics class taught by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, an experienced elementary school teacher and faculty member at the University of Michigan. The unique laboratory setting provides participants with opportunities to delve into the complexity of teaching as well as develop specific professional skills.  About the 2019 EML The class enrolls up to 30 children who will be entering fifth grade in the fall in schools around Grand Rapids.  The students are diverse ethnically, racially, economically, and linguistically. The instruction is specially designed to develop strong and positive academic identities in our students and to set them on a path to success in school mathematics. It seeks to fill gaps in student knowledge while ramping up students’ reasoning and problem-solving skills through accelerated instruction, tasks, and problems that are created strategically to stretch students’ thinking and build their capacity to engage in the mathematical practices that will be required by the Common Core State Standards. The class also emphasizes the development of skills of respectful argument and critical analysis, and of attentive engagement with others’ ideas and thinking.  To ensure a well-rounded experience and support strong social-emotional development, students participate in art and other activities during the afternoons. Over the past decade, Dr. Ball has developed skills of teaching in public that enable observers to analyze teaching. This public teaching is the centerpiece of the GREML professional development program. Workshop attendees start each day with Dr. Ball and the instructional team in a “pre-brief” session before the class, in which they examine, discuss, and refine the day's lesson plans and strategies for the instruction.  Attendees then observe the instruction in the classroom or remote viewing rooms. The group gathers after the class with Dr. Ball to debrief the class, ask questions, and review daily student work before attending afternoon professional development workshops.  Professional Development Sessions TeachingWorks will host a range of professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, teacher educators, teacher leaders, and school administrators during the afternoons of GREML after lunch. For session descriptions, see ticket types. Fees for Non-GRMC Participants For teachers, coaches, and administrators participating in the Grand Rapids Mathematics Collaborative (GRMC), the GREML is free of charge. For non-GRMC participants, fees for attending the GREML include: Electronic library of daily materials available for one year following the close of the program Electronic access to the Teaching & Learning Exploratory, an extensive collection of records of teaching practice, including past EML sessions Immediate access to video of all sessions Participation and live viewing of the morning laboratory class Daily pre- and post-class discussions with Dr. Ball Two hours of daily professional development Breakfast Parking validation The cost of attending full days including professional development workshops at the 2019 GREML is $350 for the week of June 10 - June 14, 2018. The cost of lunch, travel, and lodging are not included in this fee. We have reserved a limited number of seats for observers to attend the laboratory class each week. The fee for observation-only participants is $150 for the week. Support the GREML  The GREML provides a critical opportunity for us to collectively strengthen the professional standard of public education, as well as engage with our local communities and youth. Past attendees have remarked that the laboratory class and associated professional development workshops have "transformed the way they analyze (their own) teaching" and "have empowered their work as a teacher and renewed their enthusiasm for the classroom." The longevity of our program depends on support from colleagues and community members. In addition to registration for the GREML, an option to donate additional funds toward the continuation of the program is available. If you are interested in making a general donation to TeachingWorks, contact us.

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