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Math Coaching Virtual Panel Discussion - Shared screen with speaker view
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Evan Borkowski taught 8th Grade Math and Algebra 1 for 14 years at Algonquin Middle School in Illinois. For the past 3 years, he has transitioned into a Math Instructional Coach within the district (Community Unit School District 300) where he currently supports all 5 middle schools and one high school. Every day, Evan enjoys sharing strategies and new ideas with the teachers in his district. He is always looking forward to reading about the latest trends in math education to help him continue to grow as a coach. He greatly appreciates being able to work with so many amazing teachers to build the best educational experience for all students.
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Melanie Wertz transitioned to math education after a lengthy career in corporate IT, after volunteering at a youth center revealed her interest in helping young people love math. Through a Math for America fellowship, she went on to teach both middle school and high school mathematics in New York City public schools. She joined the UIC's math improvement project (then the South Cook Math Initiative or SCMI), when she moved to Chicago in fall 2011. Since that time, UIC's math improvement work has expanded to include a greater variety of districts across a greater region and is now called MCMI (for Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative).
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Carrie Skelton is in her 17th year in education, having spent 11 years in the classroom and the last 6 as a math coach in Cicero District 99. She has supported K-8 teachers as her district transitioned to the use of Common Core standards, common assessments, and professional learning communities. Now her primary role is to train and support the team of seven math coaches. While math is her first true love, she has also spent the last two years diving deeply into Jim Knight’s coaching model called the Impact Cycle, which she believes to be a transformational model for coaches’ work with teachers.
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Beth Kleinschmidt is a K-8 Math Instructional Coach for Meridian CUSD #223 in Stillman Valley. She has degrees in Secondary Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction. Beth has 17 years of high school math classroom experience and is in her first year of elementary math coaching. Beth's own children inspired her to investigate elementary math. She has a passion for helping teachers and students build connections in their thinking to ensure a solid mathematical foundation for all
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Annie Bacol is a passionate educator who taught 3rd grade for five years and is about to complete her first year as math coach of a K-8 district. She has had a wonderful mentor and team of coaches to support her in her new role. This school year Annie has focused on coaching teams in developing math planning routines, coming to common understandings of math standards, and using student work to drive instruction. Her favorite part about coaching is building relationships with teachers and students, and getting into classrooms.
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Christina Betz-Cahill has been a teacher in Berwyn South and is now the District Math Coach for School District 45, DuPage County. Christina has a passion for mathematics and is currently knee deep in embedding problem solving strategies into the tier one math curriculum across District 45.
Melanie Wertz
Jackie: My short answer is start with classroom management, since otherwise no learning can happen. But they’re not mutually exclusive since good math practices bring out the best behavior in kids because sense-making is rewarding.
jennifer Vadnais
I have Elena's book, The Art of Coaching. Are there overlaps in that version and the Art of Coaching Teams?
ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Some overlaps in philosophy but also lots of new helpful info!
jennifer Vadnais
Can we get a list of all the books/resources mentioned?
Beth Kleinschmidt
The Impact Cycle by Jim Knight
Annie Bacol
I mentioned: The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar, and The Art of Coaching Teams by Elena Aguilar. I highly recommend both!
Carrie Skelton
Better Conversations by Jim Knight is a great resource for relationship building
jennifer Vadnais
Thanks Anne!