Mathematics Education Workshop Series

Professor Mahesh Sharma
2019-2020 Mathematics PD Workshop Series


Framingham State University’s Office of Continuing Education is pleased to announce a continuation of the series of professional development workshops in mathematics for teachers and administrators. All workshops are held on the FSU campus and taught by Professor Mahesh Sharma, former Mathematics Professor and President of Cambridge College. Professor Sharma is a renowned speaker and author who has presented and written about math pedagogy for many years.


Overview of Workshops 

Several professional national groups, National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Institute for Educational Sciences, in particular,have concluded that all students can learn mathematics and most can succeed through Algebra 2. However,the abstractness and complexity of algebraic concepts and missing precursor skills and understandings, such as number conceptualization, arithmetic facts, place value, fractions,and integers maybe overwhelming to many students and teachers.

Being proficient at arithmetic is certainly a great asset when we reach algebra; however, how we achieve that proficiency can also matter a great deal. According to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM), the criteria for mastery of arithmetic for early elementary grades are specific: students should have (a) an understanding that includes efficient and effective strategies, (b) fluency, and (c) the ability to apply the content.  These competencies will ensure strong, secure, and developmentally appropriate foundations for the algebra that the students will learn later. The development of those foundations is assured if we implement the Standards of Mathematics Practices (SMP) along with the CCSSM content standards. 

In these workshops, Professor Sharma will provide strategies, understanding, and pedagogies that can help teachers achieve these goals.

**13 PDP’s are available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for participants who complete a minimum of two workshops together with a lesson plan based on one or both workshops.**

All workshops are held on campus from 8:30am-3:00pm. For more information, contact Paula Hogard, Director of Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Development, at or 508.626.4034.


2019-2020 Series

 Date Workshop TitleBest suited for: 
 10/11 Creating A Dyscalculia Friendly Classroom: Learning Problems in Mathematics (including math anxiety)Special education, regular education teachers, interventionists, and administrators
11/1 Number Concept, Numbersense, and Numeracy: Additive Reasoning (Part I): How to Teach Number Concept EffectivelyK through second grade teachers, special educators and interventionists
11/22 Number Concept, Numbersense, and Numeracy: Additive Reasoning (Part II): How to Teach Addition and Subtraction EffectivelyK through third grade teachers, special educators and interventionists
12/13Number Concept, Numbersense, and Numeracy: Multiplicative Reasoning (Part III): How to Teach Multiplication and Division EffectivelyK through fourth grade teachers, special educators and interventionists
1/24Proportional Reasoning: How to Teach Fractions Effectively (Part I): Concept and Multiplication and DivisionGrade 3 through grade 9 teachers and special educators
2/28Proportional Reasoning: How to Teach Fractions Effectively (Part II): Concept and Addition and SubtractionGrade 3 through grade 9 teachers
3/20Arithmetic to Algebra: How to Develop Algebraic ThinkingGrade 4 through grade 9 teachers
4/3Mathematics as a Second Language: Role of Language in Conceptualization and in Problem SolvingK through grade 12 teachers
5/15Learning Problems in Mathematics (including dyscalculia)Special education and regular education teachers
6/12Standards of Mathematics Practice: Implementing Common Core State Standards in MathematicsK through grade 11 teachers (regular and special educators)