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Register Online for Multiple 2015-2016 Saturday Seminar Dates!
Or register online for the individual dates below.

Or download a registration form here and mail or fax it into our office.

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September 26, 2015 9:00am-2:30pm Sac State
October 24, 2015 9:00am-2:30pm Sac State
November 21, 2015 9:00am-2:30pm Sac State
February 6, 2016 9:00am-2:30pm Sac State
April 2, 2016 9:00am-2:30pm Sac State

Saturday Seminar Series - 2015-2016

FOCUS FOR THE 2015-2016 SATURDAY SEMINARS: A focus for this yearís Saturday Seminar series will be on how to create and implement student tasks that provide students opportunities to make sense, persevere, reason abstractly, construct viable arguments, analyze the reasoning of others, develop mathematical models to explore or understand situations and phenomenon, select tools appropriate for the task at hand, use and communicate appropriate levels of precision, recognize and apply structure, and recognize and apply repeated reasoning. You probably recognized all of those actions as the Standards of Mathematical Practice.

DO THE MATH AS LEARNERS: We continue our series of supporting teachers in learning that the Common Core Standards ask us to balance teaching for conceptual understanding with performing procedures correctly to get solutions. At each seminar we ask teachers to be learners and to use the Standards of Mathematical Practice for themselves.

ANALYZE LESSONS WE TAUGHT TO YOU: We follow that with discussions revealing the manner in which the content was set so the learners could make sense and provide the reasoning for themselves, and also revealing the engagement and questioning strategies used to provide multiple access points for learners to engage and deepen their own understanding.

IDENTIFYING WAYS TO TEACH STANDARDS CONCEPTUALLY: Each seminar provides a session about content that is more particular to teachersí grade levels, depending upon the grade levels of the teachers attending. For example these content sessions last year ranged from how to teach adding decimals conceptually without telling the students the procedure, to how to teach y=mx+b conceptually without telling the students the procedures. Our emphasis is on how to set up lessons so that students are guided to makes sense of the mathematics for themselves, which is the first standard of mathematical practice, and the way to attend to both deep conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

LOOKING AT STUDENT WORK ON COMMON CORE TASKS: The final session of the day is a look at student work using rubrics developed from open response items from the Smarter Balanced sample items. Teachers are given student tasks and invited to bring back student work (without names.) Teachers then analyze the student work first looking where the studentís response is on the rubric, and then, more importantly, then developing questions of two types. First, what are some PROBING questions to determine if the student knows more than is showing on the paper. Second, what are some GUIDING questions or tasks, that can be used to move the student to better understand the conceptual reasoning and that will move the student to get a better score on the rubric.

Although we recognize Saturday time is precious, we know that you will find the time spent with us valuable, and hope that you can join us.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Please check with your organization to ensure the CEUs we offer meet your employer/school district's requirements. CEUs are optional. CEU cost for 2 units are $120.00.
You can purchase units up to two weeks after the last class.

The cost per session is $45.00 or $40.00 per session if you sign up for 3 or more at the same time!

Please notify MASE Center in writing, by e-mail or fax no less than five days prior to your first class meeting* for a full refund. If your request is received five days before the course begins, you may transfer the full amount of your paid fees to another date in the series or receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee. If you do not attend the course or notify us in the alloted time, you will not receive a refund. All refunds will be issued by check. Checks require one month for clearance prior to processing refunds. Refund checks are processed within four to six weeks.

* A five day notice does not include weekends or holidays. E-mail your request to or send a fax to (916) 278-5480.

If you need more information or have questions, contact Debbie Dennick, Events Coordinator at (916) 278-4497 or


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