Saturday Seminar Series: Sense-Making for Teachers
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September 16, 2017 9:30am-3:00pm Sac State

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October 14, 2017 9:30am-3:00pm Sac State


November 18, 2017 9:30am-3:00pm Sac State


January 27, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm Sac State


April 21, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm Sac State


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Focus for 2017-2018 Seminars


  • How can I launch this task so everyone has access and can engage?
  • Where can I create moments of productive struggle for the students?
  • When and how can I capitalize on a student’s cool idea, and engage the rest of the students in it?
  • How can I teach students how to have a mathematical conversation?
  • How can I prepare to lead whole group discussion of student ideas when I don’t know what they’ll say?
  • How can I get more than the same 2 or 3 students talking?


Saturday Seminars include information on how to create and implement student tasks that provide students opportunities to make sense, persevere, reason abstractly, construct viable arguments, analyze the reasoning of others, develop mathematical models to explore or understand situations and phenomenon, select tools appropriate for the task at hand, use and communicate appropriate levels of precision, recognize and apply structure, and recognize and apply repeated reasoning. You probably recognized all of those actions as the Standards of Mathematical Practice.

Attend Saturday Seminars to...

Mathematize for yourself: Come be a learner of mathematics doing the Standards for Mathematical Practice as you work on problems in small groups. 
Make teaching transparent: Observe & identify content structures, problems and pedagogical strategies being modeled that can be used with your students.
Approach lessons conceptually:  Start with conceptual understanding and build to procedural fluency.  In this way, students learn they can figure things out for themselves, and understand deeply.
Create Talk-Tasks for students: Each Saturday, you will collaborate with grade-level partners to adjust tasks in your text to create opportunities for student talk, and to add teacher moves that support learning how to have mathematical conversations.

Although we recognize Saturday time is precious, we know that you will find the time spent with us valuable, and hope that you can join us.

The cost per session is $45.00 or $40.00 per session if you sign up for 3 or more at the same time! Lunch is included in the registration fees!

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Please check with your organization to ensure the CEUs we offer meet your employer/school district's requirements. CEUs are optional. CEU cost for 2 units are $120.00.
You can purchase units up to two weeks after the last class.

Please notify MASE Center in writing, by e-mail or fax no less than five days prior to your first class meeting* for a full refund. If your request is received five days before the course begins, you may transfer the full amount of your paid fees to another date in the series or receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee. If you do not attend the course or notify us in the alloted time, you will not receive a refund. All refunds will be issued by check. Checks require one month for clearance prior to processing refunds. Refund checks are processed within four to six weeks.

* A five day notice does not include weekends or holidays. E-mail your request to or send a fax to (916) 278-5480.

If you need more information or have questions, contact Debbie Dennick, Events Coordinator at (916) 278-4497 or