Professional Development

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 Annie Chern for more details.

 

Meet Our Outreach Team!

Amy Helmstetter, Senior Teacher Support & Outreach Manager
Amy Helmstetter - Outreach ManagerAmy 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.
 

 

Annie Chern, Teacher Support Specialist
Annie dreamed of being a teacher since she was ten years old…but mathematics was the last thing she imagined teaching! However, in the years tutoring and teaching in various public, alternative, and private schools, math education was not far from her mind as she developed her teaching philosophy: What engages students? What builds confidence? How do students approach challenges? She joined JUMP Math part-time in 2011 while completing her Masters in Child Study & Education, helping to develop the Digital Lesson Slides from the Teacher Resources. Working deeply with our lesson plans, she realized that effective teaching needed to not only offer students a chance to consolidate their learning, but also opportunities to be excited by it. It was a natural next step, then, when she joined JUMP Math full-time as a Teacher Support Specialist and began supporting educators in using our resources, sharing her own excitement in helping teachers build confidence and engagement. Annie lives in New York and prefers even numbers over odd. Contact Annie.
 

Crystal Nunnally, Southern US

Crystal Nunnally - Outreach ManagerCrystal 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

 

Cecelia Daniels
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.