Clark Educators Learn New Way To Teach Math

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Dr. Goodman poses for a picture after his well-received and informative introduction to PMI with former Interim Director of Curriculum William Feldman, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, and current Director of Curriculum Ed Grande. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Dr. Goodman poses for a picture after his well-received and informative introduction to PMI with former Interim Director of Curriculum William Feldman, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, and current Director of Curriculum Ed Grande. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — On Friday, June 15, Clark teachers began training for the Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) at Carl H. Middle School.

In the new program, students will be engaged via SMART Boards and hand-held responders; the responders will allow the teachers to instantaneously assess student learning and modify the instruction that is to follow based on these results. In addition, students will strengthen their social skills by being required to work in small groups. PMI has gained statewide and national support and recognition and is one of only a handful of programs that is genuinely aligned to the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Dr. Robert Goodman, the executive director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL) and the leader of this innovative approach to mathematics instruction, was present for the kickoff of this extensive three-day training. All teachers who will be working with the program this upcoming September were also present along with Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops and Edward Grande, director of Curriculum/Secondary Education/Technology.


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