Mathematics Education Workshop Series

Professor Mahesh Sharma
Fall 2017 Workshop Series


Framingham State University’s Office of Continuing Education is delighted to announce nine professional development workshops in mathematics for teachers and administrators. All workshops will be 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.

**10 PDP’s are available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for participants who complete a minimum of four workshops together with a two page reflection paper on cognitive development.**

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


Number Concept, Numbersense, & Numeracy Series 

 Date Workshop TitleBest suited for: 
 29 Sept Additive Reasoning (Part 1): How to Teach Number Concept Effectively--postponedGrades K-2 teachers, special educators, and interventionists
 6 OctAdditive Reasoning (Part 2): How to Teach Addition and Subtraction Effectively--postponedGrades K-3 teachers, special educators, and interventionists
 20 OctMultiplication Reasoning: How to Teach Multiplication and Division EffectivelyGrades 2-4 teachers, special educators, and interventionists

Proportional Reasoning Series

DateWorkshop TitleBest suited for:
27 OctHow to Teach Fractions Effectively: Concept and Multiplication and Division (Part One) Grades 3-9 teachers and special educators
3 NovHow to Teach Fractions Effectively: Concept and Addition and Subtraction (Part Two)Grades 3-9 teachers and special educators



DateWorkshop TitleBest suited for:
10 NovArithmetic to Algebra: How to Develop Algebraic Thinking--postponedGrades 4-9 teachers


General Topics

DateWorkshop TitleBest suited for:
17 NovMathematics as a Second Language: Role of Language in Conceptualization and in Problem SolvingGrades K-12 teachers
 1 DecLearning Problems in Mathematics (including dyscalculia) Grades K-11 teachers and special educators
 8 DecStandards of Mathematics Practice:  Implementing Common Core State Standards in MathematicsGrades K-11 teachers and special educators