Our professional development (PD) sessions are designed to show you how to use the JUMP Math curriculum and our proven teaching strategies to reach and engage all students.
Introduction to JUMP Math
Get introduced to the JUMP Math approach and gain the tools and skills to implement the program effectively in your classroom or school. In this workshop, you will gain:
- A foundation in the JUMP Math approach to teaching mathematics in K-8 classrooms
- Familiarity with JUMP Math's teacher and student materials
- Knowledge of the emerging evidence on the effectiveness of JUMP Math
- An understanding of how JUMP Math aligns and meets state standards and mathematical practices
- Strategies to develop mental math fluency
- Differentiation techniques that support classroom community and avoid classroom hierarchies
- Techniques for teaching problem-solving skills
- Assessment strategies that keep students engaged and learning in their comfort zone
- Familiarity with JUMP Math's teacher and student materials
- Opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues
Want a PD Session in Your Community?
If there is sufficient interest in your school district, arrangements can be made to have a JUMP Math facilitator deliver professional development to your group. Prices vary according to location and number of teachers. Please contact Amy Helmstetter for more details.
Meet Our Outreach Team!
Shonté, born and raised in Harlem, New York knew at the age of six that she wanted to be a teacher. The road getting there was not easy however she did it. At ten years old, Shonté taught all her siblings how to read, write and perform mathematics. They were all ready for kindergarten when the time came. During her school years, Shonté would say she was an average math student, however she always enjoyed recognizing how math presented itself in the world around her. After completing her educational studies at Syracuse University, Shonté embarked on a journey to share her love for learning with the children of New York City. It was during her eighth year as a teacher when she discovered that mathematics, if taught well, brings complete joy to students. That’s when she discovered JUMP Math. Learning that JUMP Math reduces the mathematical fear and anxiety that exists within children and teachers; she knew she had to be part of a team doing something so extraordinary. So now as the full-time Outreach Manager and Teacher Support of the Northeast Region, Shonté will work with teachers, principals, and students in understanding and developing a love for mathematics through JUMP Math. Shonté’s favorite number is 9 because she was born on the 9th day of the 9th month in ‘81 (8 +1 =9). Contact Shonté.
Ceil learned early in her teaching career that building students’ self-confidence is one of the most important mediating factors in learning. In fact, ninth grade Physical Science in her classroom always started the year with a set of easily accessible experiential activities that made students feel like science was interesting, relevant, and most importantly, easy! After spending many years as a teacher, tutor, researcher, program developer, coach, and mom, she had the opportunity to learn about JUMP math and see it in action in fourth grade classrooms in high-poverty New York City schools as part of an evaluation of the program. After interviewing students and teachers, a common theme emerged. JUMP Math was building growth mindsets among the majority of the teachers and students in the study. Teachers and students were finding out that they loved math! After meeting John, Liz, and the rest of the team at JUMP Math and reading John’s books, she knew that this research was very important and that the JUMP Math approach could change lives. As part of the team at The Center for Research and Reform in Education, part of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, Ceil has continued to work with JUMP Math to grow its presence in the U.S. education marketplace through high quality research, outreach, professional development, and implementation support for schools. Contact Ceil.
Amy embarked on her teaching adventures in 2001. After teaching everything from English as a second language to dance in the public schools, she eventually became an elementary classroom teacher in N. California. As a classroom teacher, Amy used JUMP Math resources and saw firsthand how the lesson structure helps teachers engage even the most reluctant learners. She saw an opportunity to expand her reach by joining the JUMP Math team in 2012. Since then, Amy has developed her skills as a total renaissance woman on a mission to help teachers and students improve their confidence and skills in math. For a few years, Amy left JUMP Math for a stint in a private publishing company only to find that it is more fulfilling and inspiring to work for JUMP Math with its caring, mission driven, skillful leadership. Having landed in Pittsburgh, Amy loves exploring the city’s parks with her husband and two little boys. Contact Amy.
Teaching is in Christina's DNA. Her father and mother were teachers as well as son Zane and now both daughter-laws. When she resigned as a 5th grade classroom teacher of 25 years in June 2016, she felt incredibility blessed to be offered a position with JUMP Math as a Teacher Support/Outreach Manager. For the past five years, she experienced first hand how this math curriculum ignited a passionate flame in her students towards seeing the world through math. Some students begged to stay in at recess to work on JUMP Math problems. Christina's goal is to work with teachers around Washington state to develop math support that is meaningful and relevant to all users and future users of JUMP Math. She wants students in her area to learn to love math and be successful like her classroom students experienced. When she is not focused on creating and giving presentations, Christina enjoys her new baby granddaughter, international travel (2016: South Africa, 2015-16 Europe), the Seattle art scene, hiking steep mountain ranges, long bike rides and walking her three dogs daily: Sadie (15), Maya (10) and Barkley (2). Contact Christina.
Crystal never imagined that she would ever become a teacher. Although she came from a family of educators, her dream was to become an accountant. In college, she majored in accounting, but after working in accounting for a few years, she realized that her passion was working with middle and high school aged students in urban, inner city schools. After completing her certification in Upper Elementary Grades and Secondary Mathematics, Crystal begin working in the public schools in New Orleans as a teacher and mathematics coach. Her journey in the field of education has allowed her to work with many school districts across the country as a facilitator and consultant. Crystal feels that as a JUMP Math Outreach Manager, she will be able to continue the journey of working with and supporting students, teachers and administrators with understanding and embracing mathematics. Contact Crystal