Differentiation through Math Menu: Meeting the Needs of All K-6 Students @ CVEDC Classroom
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Differentiation through Math Menu: Meeting the Needs of All K-6 Students @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Instructor: Christian Courtemanche

Dates:       June 25-28, 2018; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm plus 2 follow up classes 10/4 and 11/6; 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This 3 credit graduate course explores a menu model for differentiation, reframing Tier I math instruction in order to meet the ongoing range of instructional needs. Learn how to manage a ‘centers’ approach to your teaching and restructuring your math block to allow for small group and individualized lessons. Embedded in the coursework will be examining lessons through the lens of the Common Core Math Standards of Practice, as well as how to utilize technology as a direct tool for math instruction.

Explorations include:

  • How can I keep up with my curriculum map AND make accommodations in time for students struggling with math concepts?
  • What do I do with students who consistently finish their math assignments early?
  • How do I maintain a pace that matches different students’ needs?
  • How can I maximize integrating technology with limited resources?
  • When do I use a Tier II intervention and when do I support students in the classroom?
  • How can I find time to incorporate the great games and resources that are part of my math program?


  • Jorgensen, J. and M. Murray. (2007). The Differentiated Math Classroom: a guide for teachers, K-8
  • Hoffer, Wendy Ward (2012). Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8
Math Menuflyer.18
Math Menuflyer.18
147.6 KiB
Differentiation Math Menu Syllabus 2018
Differentiation Math Menu Syllabus 2018
136.3 KiB

Vermont Core Teaching Standards Addressed:
Standard 1: Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
Standard 2: Learning Differences: The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards
Standard 3: Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Standard 7: Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
Standard 8: Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community) and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

OGAP Additive Reasoning @ CVEDC Classroom
Aug 7 – Aug 9 all-day
OGAP Additive Reasoning @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Instructor: Karen Reinhardt and Christian Courtemanche

Dates:    August 7 – 9, 2018  Time: 8:00am – 4:00 pm

Sept. 28:  Nov. 16:   Jan. 11:  Feb 15:  Time: 3 – 7 pm

*Participants must register as a team of 2 or more from a school       ** Optional 3 graduate credits-St. Mike’s**

Target Audience: K-3 Classroom teachers, interventionists and special educators

The Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) for Additive Reasoning is a systematic and intentional formative assessment system in mathematics based on mathematics education research on how students learn additive concepts, common errors students make, and preconceptions or misconceptions that may interfere with learning new concepts or solving related problems.

The system involves using the OGAP Additive Framework/Learning progression and other OGAP processes, together with knowledge related to the teaching and learning of additive concepts and skills to implement a continuous and intentional system of instruction, probing with instructionally embedded questions, and analysis of evidence in student work to make timely instructional modifications.

Evidence from OGAP work with hundreds of OGAP teachers has shown that utilizing the knowledge from the professional development is best solidified as teachers use this knowledge with students and that seems to happen best when teachers are supported on an ongoing basis through a system like PLCs.

OGAP Additive Reasoning professional development consists of 3 full day and 4 half day sessions organized around mathematics content, mathematics education research, and evidence in student work and instructional decision-making using formative assessment and learning progressions. Throughout the training, participants will learn how to use the OGAP Additive Framework and OGAP Additive Item Bank with their students to enhance the use of their current program materials and the CCSSM. Participants will be expected to bring student work from their classrooms/schools to days 3-7 of the training.

Facilitator biographies can be found on our website under the “About” tab.

OGAPAdditiveCVEDC Flyer
OGAPAdditiveCVEDC Flyer
247.9 KiB