Foundations of Math Statewide Training 2024
March 18-19, 2024
Foundations of Math is a research-based training course for all educators of K-12 students who struggle with mathematics, including and especially those with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
This course is designed to develop educators' knowledge of the mathematics they teach by seeing it through the lens of a well-delineated number sense.
- build deep foundational content and pedagogical knowledge
- learn how to make solid instructional choices that positively impact students
- connect procedures used in mathematics to conceptual understanding
- build mathematical understanding & accurately assess learning for a range of learners
Brad Thornburgh currently serves as the K-12 Mathematics Consultant for Gratiot-Isabella RESD, supporting math educators in learning about and implementing systematic change to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Brad began his career more than two decades ago as a high school mathematics teacher in Lansing, MI, where he became a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics. Brad's passion is partnering with educators to improve the teaching of mathematics in order to provide all students with high quality mathematics learning opportunities. This passion led him to becoming certified as a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist, Champion, and Leader in order to hone his early math skills and understanding. Brad has completed level 1 and level 2 training for Foundations of Math through Alt+Shift and served on a regional Foundations of Math Implementation Team
Carlos Sosa is a Math Accessibility Specialist with Alt+Shift. Alt+Shift partners with ISDs in the state of Michigan to support and develop instructional capacity of math educators and to support the teaching of mathematics for students with disabilities. Prior to joining Alt+Shift's team, Carlos worked as a special education teacher for 6 years, serving students with emotional impairments and severe behavioral needs at both the middle and high school levels. He has completed level 1 and level 2 training for Foundations of Math with Alt+Shift and served on implementation teams to develop math instruction in his most recent ISD of employment. Carlos also maintains a K-12 Administrator's Certification since completion of his degree in Educational Leadership in December of 2021. He is passionate about the work he engages in and collaboration with educators across the state!
Heather Holshoe is currently a Math & Science Coordinator for Washtenaw ISD. She holds a degree in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and a Master's Degree from Marygrove College. Prior to her role at WISD, Heather has taught secondary mathematics for 17 years, Community College mathematics for 4 years, and was a Mathematics consultant for 7 years. She has completed level 1 and level 2 training for Foundations of Math with Alt + Shift, and has experience with implementing and instructing in a co-teaching Algebra model for high school special education and general education students. Heather is passionate about making math visual, meaningful, and relevant for all learners.
Judith L. Falk is a mathematics educator with over 30 years of experience. She has earned her BS from University of Michigan-Dearborn and her MA from Central Michigan University. Her classroom experiences range from second grade to college level students. In addition, Judy has been a math consultant for Char Em ISD, and a facilitator for Intel Math. Currently, besides facilitating Foundations of Math, she is an elementary math coach. When she is not spreading her passion for mathematics, Judy enjoys skiing, camping, traveling and competing in dog agility trials with her family in Northern Michigan.
Rachel Tabron is a math accessibility specialist with Alt+Shift. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Aquinas College and a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University. Rachel has over seven years of experience as a special education teacher, as well as seven years of experience as a special education supervisor. Rachel lives in Belmont, MI with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, chasing around her kids, crafting, and going on adventures.
Wayne County Community College - Ted Scott Campus
9555 Haggerty Rd
Belleville, MI 48111