Common Core Standards Based Math Workshops Coming to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

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Tricia Salerno, co-founder of SMARTTraining, LLC, will be presenting four new workshops for Arizona teachers interested in the Common Core Math Standards, using Singapore Math® methods.

Tricia Salerno, SMARTTraining co-founder

"I had more lightbulb moments today than I've ever had at a math workshop!"
6th grade teacher
Buckeye, AZ

SMARTTraining, LLC, an internationally recognized provider of professional development in the math methods of Singapore, announces its fall 2012 workshops in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

Dates and location of these highly-informative and interactive workshops:

Scottsdale, AZ:
Scottsdale La Quinta
8888 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

  •     November 07, 2012 Singapore Math Strategies for the K-2 Teacher
  •     November 08, 2012 Intro to the Singapore Bar Model Method
  •     November 09, 2012 Advanced Problem Solving
  •     December 07, 2012 Math 911

Tucson, AZ:
Sheraton Hotel
5151 E Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712

  •     December 04, 2012 Singapore Math Strategies for the K-2 Teacher
  •     December 05, 2012 Math 911
  •     December 06, 2012 Intro to the Singapore Bar Model Method

About the workshops:

“Singapore Math® Strategies for the K-2 Teacher” 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 activities leading to "subtitizing" (identifying a quantity without counting using a one to one correspondence).

“Math 911” is an interactive, discussion-based workshop created to help teachers develop conceptual understanding for struggling learners in grades 2-6, using strategies from Singapore. Attendees will take away activities to use immediately to help students internalize a deeper understanding of place value, multiplication, division and fractions. Participants will learn mental math techniques to simplify computation and help students develop confidence.

“Intro to Problem Solving Utilizing the Singapore Bar Model Method” 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” is an excellent follow-up to "Intro to Problem Solving Utilizing the Singapore Bar Model Method" for teachers of grades 5 - 9. Any teacher of those grades who has experience using bar model drawing to solve word problems will learn new ways to help students deepen their 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 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.

About Tricia Salerno

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 McCracken County, Kentucky; 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.

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)

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