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Professional Development

Math Leadership Institute

Because elementary teachers must study and teach many subjects, it may be difficult for them to develop the needed expertise in mathematics and the teaching of mathematics.

A trained math leader working with teachers can build knowledge, capacity, and skills, increasing the effectiveness of all.

Become a School Leader in Mathematics Education

The Need for Math Leaders in K-6

Because elementary teachers must study and teach many subjects, it may be difficult for them to develop the needed expertise in mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. A trained math leader working with teachers can build knowledge, capacity, and skills, increasing the effectiveness of all. Math leaders can also work directly with students (for example as the math teacher for all of the 3rd graders) therefore sharing their specialized knowledge with more students and as an alternative to attempting to increase the math content knowledge of all teachers.*

Please see the joint position statement on developing School Leaders in Mathematics Education from Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM).

This program is designed for:

  • Instructional Coaches
  • Title I Staff
  • District Curriculum Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Math Specialists
  • Administrators
  • Other Educators Teaching Mathematics in K-6

Logistics and Costs

  • Six full day (9 am-3 pm) seminars held throughout the 2019-20 school year at the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence (JIEE). Lunch is provided each meeting day.
  • One full-day on-site visits by Dr. Coester to each participant’s school.
  • Approximately $100in supplies, including two books.
  • FREE access to JIEE’s extensive Mathematics Lending Library from which attendees may check out math materials for themselves and for
    teachers in their building.
  • The TOTAL cost for 6 seminars and 2 on-site visits and supplies is $1300 for one participant or $1150 for each member of teams of 2 or more.
  • Emporia State University credit is available for an additional cost.

Key Topics and Benefits of Participation

At the end of the year, attendees will have been provided information in the areas of mathematical and pedagogical knowledge, leadership and coaching skills, professional growth and development, and the new Kansas Standards and Assessments. Specifically this will include:

  • Professional Growth Opportunities through the Kansas Association of Teachers of Math (KATM), National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), and National Council of Supervisors of Math (NCSM) including access to membership, journals, online resources and conference attendance. Teachers will be encouraged to consider attending the NCTM/NCSM conference in Washington, DC in April 2018.
  • The new Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) – including the Mathematical Practices, Content Standards, and the Progressions Documents.
  • Effective Teaching Practices – including instructional design, cooperative grouping, problem solving, questioning, assessment, and classroom management.
  • Current Research on timed tests and speed, use of fingers, growth mindset, use of calculators, traditional/standard algorithms, resources and more.
  • Differentiating Instruction – including struggling and advanced learners, ADHD or behavior challenged students, ELL or culturally-diverse students, various multiple intelligences and learning styles, physically-challenged learners.
  • Improving Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (how to teach the content) – in such areas as number sense, estimation, place value, whole number operations, fractions, decimals, geometry, statistics, and the standard and metric measurement systems.
  • Effective Tools for All Math Content Areas – including the opportunity to experience each tool and check them out from the free Lending Library.
  • Coaching New and Veteran Teachers – resources for coaching including evaluation tools and having effective after-observation conversations.
  • Developing and Presenting at Inservices and Conferences – topics that lead to changing the math culture of your school, preparation and presentation hints.

Leila Coester

Your Instructor

Dr. Lee Anne Coester has 25 years of classroom experience with grades K-8 and 18 years experience preparing preservice teachers and working with practicing teachers at Washburn University and Emporia State University’s JIEE. She is a member of KSDE’s Math Leaders Group.

Dr. Coester has conducted math seminars and inservices for the past 16 years all over Kansas and throughout the US and Canada for the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).

In 2018, she received the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Ray Kurtz Service Award for her exceptional work to the math teaching community.

You can find out more about the Math Leadership Institute by contacting her at:

Dr. Lee Anne Coester
620-340-9634