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Spark Conversations Using Illustrative Math in Grades 3-5

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Spark Conversations Using Illustrative Math in Grades 3-5

Presented by Dr. Kara Carpenter, Co-Founder, Teachley; Carrie Moy, Program Manager, The ASSISTments Foundation; and Dr. Li Cheng, Research Scientist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Teaching Illustrative Math? Come learn strategies for how to engage your students and get them talking! Fostering rich class discussions isn’t easy, but it’s essential for developing strong math thinkers. Learn new methods to improve conversations by monitoring student thinking, selecting effective examples, and asking the right questions. Explore free, interactive tools that work with Illustrative Math to easily see what your students know and where they struggle faster than before. View this edWebinar to:

  • Learn the 5 Practices to support math discussions
  • Explore free assessment tools that sync with Illustrative Math
  • Gain concrete tips and strategies for improving your instruction
  • See classroom conversations in action
  • Learn ways to pilot modeling tools to help students show their thinking

You leave this session with strategies and tools for orchestrating class discussions that you can start using right away. This recorded edWebinar is of interest to grades 3–5 teachers and school and district leaders.

Kara Carpenter

About the Presenters

Dr. Kara Carpenter is Co-founder of Teachley, an award-winning education organization that develops K-5 math programs to promote deep thinking and learning. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching children of all ages as a classroom teacher, outdoor education instructor, and Peace Corps Volunteer. She has a Ph.D. in cognition and learning from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on teaching and detecting young children’s mathematical strategies using games. Her dissertation became an Apple Design Award-winning app, Addimal Adventure. Teachley’s games have over 1.7 million downloads worldwide, and schools in all 50 states and 40+ countries have used the Teachley platform. Dr. Carpenter has served as Principal Investigator on six of Teachley’s 12 grants from the Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

Carrie Moy

In her role as a dedicated Program Manager at The ASSISTments Foundation, Carrie Moy blends a wealth of education knowledge with a master’s degree in education. With over a decade of classroom expertise, Carrie’s journey from teacher to Program Manager reflects her commitment to addressing needs in education. She excels in creating and managing systems that enhance projects and partnerships, seamlessly integrating her profound understanding of education technology with practical, hands-on experience. As an advocate for continuous learning, she actively pursues collaborative opportunities, forging meaningful connections within the education community. Carrie’s holistic approach ensures that her work not only meets the needs of educators and students but also makes a significant contribution to the broader mission of advancing education.

Li Cheng

Dr. Li Cheng is a Research Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational technology and a minor in research and evaluation methodology from the University of Florida. Dr. Cheng’s research and scholarship center around the design, development, and integration of advanced learning technologies to facilitate math learning and promote more accessible, inclusive, and equitable education. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which have appeared in top-tier educational technology journals, including Computers & Education, ETR&D, and Journal of Educational Computing Research.

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ASSISTmentsThe ASSISTments Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2019 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). TAF is committed to transforming math education through evidence-based innovations and strives to create equitable learning opportunities that empower students to excel in mathematics. TAF aspires to expand the reach and impact of ASSISTments in classrooms across the nation, driven by the belief that every student deserves to be recognized, supported, and successful in their math studies. Together, TAF and WPI conduct groundbreaking research in the field of learning sciences. For more information about the ASSISTments Foundation and its innovative digital math practice and assessment platform, please visit

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