Hurricane Sandy Relief for Teachers Interested in Meeting Common Core Using Singapore Math® Methods

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Tricia Salerno, co-founder of SMARTTraining, LLC, is offering New York and New Jersey teachers a special one-time discounted rate for professional development in Singapore Math® Methods.

Tricia Salerno, SMARTTraining co-founder

In six hours, Tricia helped me overcome the math phobia I had had since sixth grade!

Third grade teacher
Hartford, CT

New Jersey teachers newly implementing Singapore Math® and teachers wanting to learn about the math methods used in Singapore have been calling SMARTTraining, asking for help. The Common Core math standards were written based on the math program of Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. As the Common Core State Standards testing draws close, schools and districts are using the Singapore curricula to advance the critical thinking of their students. Three brand new interactive workshops are scheduled in Newark on November 14, 15 and 16 to address these needs.

Singapore Math® is based on learning theories which state that students learn math best when they learn all topics by passing through three stages of learning: concrete, pictorial and abstract. Attendees of these workshops will learn how to help students develop math confidence by learning as the students learn. A variety of manipulatives and pictures will be used to give teachers strategies to take back to their classrooms immediately, regardless of the math program being used.

Hurricane Sandy has put a strain on schools and teachers in New York and New Jersey. As a result, SMARTTraining has discounted registration fees for these workshops for teachers who pre-register. Discounted rates: four teachers or more from the same school: $139 each per day. One teacher for all three days: $519.

Descriptions of the workshops:

"Singapore Math® Strategies for the K-2 Teacher” (November 14), is a fun-filled day of activities and games leading to number sense and math confidence. Learn how to incorporate Singapore's Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach into any curriculum. Learn games and activities leading to "subtitizing" (identifying a quantity without counting using a one to one correspondence).

“Intro to Problem Solving Utilizing the Famous Singapore Bar Model Method” (November 15) is designed for teachers of grades 2 – 6. Participants will learn how to create confidence in students so that the transition from arithmetic to algebra is a small step, not a huge leap. Model drawing as a versatile tool to be used for problem solving will be emphasized. Additional problem solving methods will also be presented. Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards require students to, among other things, make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, and model with mathematics. Singapore methods provide ways to meet these standards.

“Advanced Problem Solving” (November 16) is for teachers of grades 5 - 9 who have experience using bar model drawing to solve word problems. Attendees will learn new ways to help students deepen students' understanding of pre-algebra and algebra concepts. This workshop will provide ways to take the bar model method to new heights to solve challenging word problems. Attendees will learn new activities to add to their own problem solving toolboxes.

About Tricia Salerno, presenter:

Tricia has taught Singapore Math® since 2001 in grade levels K – 7. She received her Master's Degree in Mathematics Education in 2004 and has trained teachers in Singapore Math® methods throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and in the Caribbean. Tricia has recently worked in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, New York; Brandywine District, Delaware; and Poughkeepsie Schools, NY, supporting hundreds of teachers in their implementations of Singapore Math® in their districts. Tricia has experience working with teachers and administrators in inner city and affluent districts, charter schools and in highly respected private schools, and shares her passion for math understanding with all she meets. Sherri Adler, Tricia’s partner in SMARTTraining, LLC, and Tricia are co-authors of the widely used “Singapore Math Intervention Club.” Tricia is also the author of “Math Sprints”,, and the producer of several technology pieces created to supplement and support the math strategies used in Singapore.

About SMARTTraining

SMARTTraining, LLC, (, is an internationally recognized provider of professional development in the math methods used in the country of Singapore. Founded in 2005, SMARTTrainers have worked with schools in 46 of the 50 States, met with and been trained by professors, teachers, and Ministry of Education members from Singapore, and been invited to work with numerous schools in European and South American countries. SMARTTrainers also present workshops throughout the United States and provide on-site training for schools desiring help with their math programs. SMARTTrainers offer all teachers with whom they have worked ongoing support via email, and questions are responded to within 36 hours.

What do teachers say about SMARTTraining’s workshops?

“I wish I had learned math this way! I’ve depended on a calculator for years, but no more!” (2nd grade teacher, Buckeye, AZ)

“Are you kidding? That’s why we invert and multiply? I wish I had YOU as a teacher when I was in school.” (3rd grade teacher, Bogota, Colombia)

"Singapore Math" is a registered trademark of Singapore Math, Inc.

Newark, NJ SMARTTraining workshops:
Doubletree by Hilton
128 Frontage Road
Newark, NJ 07114

        November 14, 2012 Intro to Problem Solving Utilizing the Famous Singapore Bar Model Method
        November 15, 2012 Advanced Problem Solving
        November 16, 2012 Singapore Math® Strategies for the K-2 Teacher

"Singapore Math" is a registered trademark of Singapore Math, Inc.

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