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Using Discourse and Math Performance Tasks to Improve Learning Outcomes

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Using Discourse and Math Performance Tasks to Improve Learning Outcomes

Presented by Jay Meadows, MAT, Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Exemplars; and Suzanne Hood, M.Ed., Independent Math Consultant, K-5
Moderated by Jim McVety, Managing Partner, First Step Advisors, and Senior Advisor, Exemplars

Sponsored by Exemplars

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To inspire deep learning, curiosity and a love for mathematics, educators have to find ways to get students talking about mathematics. In short – we need students to make some noise!

This edWebinar explores five practices teachers can use to facilitate rich discussions in the classroom: anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting.

Along the way, we look at how performance tasks serve as the perfect complement to math discussions, why developing strategies is as important as finding answers, and specific tools teachers can use to foster engaging, productive math discussions.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of kindergarten through middle school levels. 


Jay MeadowsAbout the Presenters

Jay Meadows serves as Exemplars’ Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He is a former middle school math and science teacher and has been working in education for more than two decades. Jay holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Vermont. In addition to his dual role as CEO, Jay is one of Exemplars’ primary performance task writers and professional development consultants for the middle level. Leading sessions throughout the United States, he works with teachers to integrate performance tasks into their curricula. Through Exemplars, Jay dreams of teaching a generation of kids to become effective problem solvers. Prior to his career in education, Jay coordinated delegations from the former Soviet Union through U.S. State Department grants. He has also worked alongside a number of international non-profits and is a former Peace Corps volunteer.


Suzanne Hood

Suzanne Hood has been a professional mathematics educator for more than 22 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the State University of West Georgia. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Suzanne was born and raised in Atlanta and currently resides in Flowery Branch, GA.

Suzanne has worked as a classroom teacher to support students as they navigate the problem-solving process in Grades K-5. As a Mathematics Instructional Coach, she began supporting teachers 12 years ago in a rural school, where she conducted a longitudinal study using Exemplars tasks. The study concluded that CoGAT scores can increase when students are taught to think about complex problems and are guided by educators who use formative assessment to inform instructional decisions. Suzanne was awarded the recognition of Master Teacher in Coaching as a result of this work.


Jim McVetyAbout the Moderator

Jim McVety is Managing Partner of First Step Advisors. A lifelong advocate for innovation in education, Jim brings with him 20+ years of research and analysis experience. Jim has hosted numerous webinars, expert panels, and keynote presentations during his career, and his focus is on building the capacity of service organizations to better support educators and students.


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Exemplars provides performance tasks, rubrics, and student anchor papers for schools and districts in Math, Science, and Writing. Our performance material engages students and promotes reasoning, communication, and higher-order thinking. Performance tasks are classroom-tested and may be used for assessment, instruction, and professional development. Exemplars’ supplemental resources are research-based and designed to meet state, national, and Common Core standards.


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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