May 15-19, 2017

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM



The TRC Mathematics Leadership Institute is intended to provide mathematics professional development providers with quality PD tools and resources to support middle grade teachers in the areas of algebraic and proportional reasoning. Participants will choose which sessions to attend during the PDA to customize their learning experience. Further, participants are not required to attend all five days. Most sessions will include a book, handouts and professional development PPTs designed to support the delivery of the Professional Development to teachers.


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 turnaround training that is both pedagogy and content intense. Please email Debra Plowman,, to be placed on the waiting list before registering more than two individuals.

Session Descriptions

Days 1-2: May 15 – 16, 2017


Session A

Teaching and Learning Statistics in the Middle Grades (5-8 grades)

Turn around days: 2 – 4 days.
Presented by Hollylynne Lee and Gemma Mojica, NC State University

Hollylynne Lee and Gemma Mojica will share a framework for designing learning experiences for students in statistical investigations that develop students’ statistical reasoning and skills in foundational concepts taught at the middle grades level. During the two-day session, teacher leaders will learn about students’ reasoning with statistics and the framework for supporting students’ approaches to statistical investigations. They will apply the framework to analyzing statistics tasks, and experience statistical investigations using real data, and hands-on and free online tools. Teacher leaders will also learn how to support their district teachers to use investigations in their own classrooms.

Learn more about their work at

Read her article in Math at the Middle School: Hollylynne S. Lee, Tina T. Starling, & Margie D. Gonzalez. (2014). Using Data to Motivate the Use of Empirical Sampling Distributions. The Mathematics Teacher, 107(6), 465-469. doi:10.5951/mathteacher.107.6.0465

Book: This NCTM book, Developing Essential Understanding of Statistics for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6-8, is recommendation I would make to supplement the Statistics session.

MOOC: Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations (Friday Institute), created and facilitated by Hollylynne Lee and Gemma Mojica at North Carolina State University. See this MOOC which will be an add-on for projects to engage their teachers:

The MOOC is available and can count as the 20-hour online PD for teachers.


Session B

Proportional Reasoning (5-8 grades)

Turn around days: 2 – 4 days.

Presented by Olly Steinthorsdottir, University of Northern Iowa

The Proportional Reasoning in the Middle Grades PDA is 2-day course in which proportional reasoning is addressed through missing value problems. This PDA will feature possible learning trajectories which help teachers recognize, develop and present good tasks and task sequences involving proportions during instruction. Participants will also learn about the strategies students use when they are solving these missing value problems. See Olly’s article: Suzanne M. Riehl, & Olof Bjorg Steinthorsdottir. (2014). Revisiting Mr. Tall and Mr. Short. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 20(4), 220-228. doi:10.5951/mathteacmiddscho.20.4.0220

Book: Developing Essential Understanding of Ratios, Proportions, and Proportional Reasoning for Teaching Mathematics: Grades 6-8, to accompany the Proportional Reasoning session.


Day 3: May 17, 2017


Session A

Numeracy and Problem Strings Introduction (5-8 grades)

Turn around days: 1 – 4 days.

Presented by Pam W. Harris

Pam will demonstrate and participants will experience teaching and learning to build numeracy. Participants will experience a variety of examples that will enable them to work with upper elementary and middle grades teachers. You will work with both problem strings and number talks – learn what they have in common, how they are different, how they work together, and when to use which lesson structure.

Book: Building Powerful Numeracy by Pamela Weber Harris:

Building Powerful Numeracy: A Facilitator’s Guide

More information


Session B

Integrating Math and Science TEKS (5-8 grades)

Turn around days: 1 – 1.5 days.
Presented by Jennifer Kaszuba, The University of Texas

This workshop is a study of math and science TEKS alignment for 5th to 8th grade teachers.

Book: recommended that all participants have access to Science and Math TEKS

(Can be presented to science and math teachers attending in pairs)


Days 4-5: May 18 – 19, 2017


Session A

Research to Practice: Explicit Instruction and Word Problems for Upper Elementary Students (3-6 grades)

Turn around days: 2 – 3 days.

Presented by Dr. Sarah Powell, The University of Texas

Participants will learn the research behind word problems, explicit teaching in mathematics and how to help teachers teach struggling mathematics students in ways that effectively utilize the tenants to explicit teaching to help students understand word problems.

Book: Sarah recommended Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes.


Session B

Project-Based Learning in Mathematics (3-8 grades)

Turn around days: 2 – 3 days.


Presented by

Mary Margaret Capraro, Jennifer Whitfield, Robert M. Capraro


Participants will experience STEM Project Based Learning (PBL) through authentic learning activities. We will build a community of practice to understand the research supporting teaching and learning mathematics through a STEM PBL. Participants will experience the most salient STEM PBL techniques throughout the workshop while learning about the middle school mathematics TEKS being addressed. For additional information please seeSee Aggie STEM for a description of PBL and additional teacher materials: or consult the publications

Books:  Project Based Learning: An Integrated Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) approach

Suggested: A Companion to Interdisciplinary STEM Project-Based Learning: For Educators by Educators (Second Edition)


Certificates of Participation

Certificates stating 7 hours per day 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 Plowman, Ph.D.
  • Coordinator for Mathematics Initiatives
  • 512.232.0880


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

No hotel block arrangements have been made by the TRC for this event.


Parking is free at the Norris Conference Center.



  • $60.00 per day
  • Total cost will vary depending on the number of session registrations.

Registration Notes

  • Collaboratives may register one to two participants per session.
  • Registration will open for non-TRC members on a space available basis on April 1, 2017.
  • The online registration system will allow registrants to choose sessions.
  • The total cost will be calculated to reflect those chosen sessions, including adjustment to reflect TRC or non-TRC status.
  • 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.
  • Space is limited by session.

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.
    • Center for STEM Education
    • 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 up to two attendees per TRC Mathematics Collaborative will be reimbursed.* Reimbursement forms will be provided electronically after the event.

*If you owe money to any State of Texas organization or entity, whatever amount you were to receive may be credited toward your debt.

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. You will also be given opportunity to select individual sessions for this event. The number of sessions selected, and your TRC membership status, will effect the total cost of this workshop. 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