January 12-14, 2016

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM




Eligible Attendees

Initial registration is limited to two participants from each TRC Math Collaborative. The individuals attending the PDA should plan to be the primary presenter for a three-day turnaround training that is both pedagogy and content intense. Total number of participants is limited to 50. Please email Debra Junk,, to be placed on the waiting list before registering more than two individuals.



Day One

Day one will feature David Foster, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and the Mathematics Assessment Collaborative.

Shifting the focus from Summative Tests to Formative Assessment Practices

In this era of the standards movement, assessment plays a key role. Summative high-stakes tests have driven instruction for over a decade with little overall gains and a growing achievement gap. Educational research informs us that formative assessment practices produces significant increases in student learning. This session will provide strategies and tools to foster highly effective formative assessment teaching practices in classroom. We will view and discuss video cases, examine student work and share professional development learning cycles to support teachers in enacting formative assessment practices with their students.

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Days Two and Three

Days two and three will be lead by Cathy Carroll, Senior Research Associate WestEd STEM Program.

Making Sense of Student Work

Cathy will be leading us on the Making Sense of Student Work (MSSW) materials developed by WestEd. The MSSW Facilitation Academy prepares staff developers, mathematics leaders, and other teacher educators to effectively lead groups of teachers in collaboratively examining students’ mathematics work using WestEd’s MSSW protocol.

The protocol is divided into five 2-hour sessions and supports teachers to:

  • Collaboratively look at student work and have evidence-based discussions about student thinking
  • Examine and come to understand students’ ideas and the logic behind students’ correct and incorrect thinking
  • Strengthen their abilities to make instructional choices in response to the specific ways students are thinking
  • Analyze and improve the formative assessment tasks used with students

The MSSW protocol has been successfully used by teachers and teacher educators in a variety of contexts, including formal professional learning communities, weekly grade-level team meetings, and informal teacher-to-teacher collaborations. Participants will first engage as learners to experience the MSSW protocol. Following this, they will shift focus to deepening their understanding of the protocol in preparation for facilitating the process with teachers. Finally, they will shift focus again, this time to work on developing strategies for training and supporting other MSSW facilitators.



Download a copy of the agenda in PDF format.


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 24 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Participants should receive the certificate two to three weeks after the PDA. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.



  • Debra Junk, Ph.D.
  • Coordinator for Mathematics Initiatives
  • 512.232.0880



Sleeping rooms are available at the Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake, on a first come, first serve basis. Rooms are state rate until sold out. Below is the group web link. Guests may also call 1-888-615-0509 and refer to the group name: WestEd and/or group code: WED

All participants are responsible for their own lodging reservations and payments.



Parking is free at the Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake.




  • Costs below for Participants Affiliated with the TRC only. All others please contact Jennifer Kaszuba at for more information.
  • $60.00 per day for each participant.
  • $180.00 total per participant for this 3-day workshop.

Registration Notes

  • Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  • Payments are due before this event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • Event limited to 50 participants.

Payment Instructions

  • Participants can pay by credit card or check. The registration confirmation email will contain all the necessary information you need to provide to your business offices regarding credit card payment records and check processing instructions.
  • Checks for registration need to be made out to The University of Texas at Austin. Please mail checks to the attention of Jeff Early, along with the printed registration confirmation email, to the following address.
    • TRC
    • 1912 Speedway, D5500
    • SZB 340
    • Austin, TX 78712
    • Attn: Jeff Early

Payment Questions?

Please email Jeff Early ( with any payment questions you may have.


Transportation Reimbursement

Transportation expenses for TRC collaborative attendees will be reimbursed.Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event.


Online Registration Instructions

Click the registration button below to register your attendance. You will be asked for your contact information, what subjects you are currently teaching. If you have multiple people attending, please fill out this form for each person. You may need to quit and restart your browser to enter multiple people. If you need technical help with the registration page, send an email to