Re-1 teachers take Add+Vantage of math professional development |

Re-1 teachers take Add+Vantage of math professional development

Contributed PhotoThe most recent group of Re-1 teachers attending a six-day math training called "Add+Vantage Math" include, from left, Jim Hardcastle, Daisie Fogelsong, Megan Trebesh, Jenny Berkowitz, Carrey Sims, Brittany Guglielmo, June Fox, Tina Leatherby, Kelly Stainton, Jennifer Kaufman, Edgar Chavarria, Vida Dillard, Julie Houston, Stephanie Schulfer, Katie Hagan, Phillip Gallegos, Karie Hassell and Ellen Huttenhower.

Since 2006, more than 150 teachers in Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) have been involved in a math professional development program called “Add+Vantage Math.” This six-day training supports grades K-5 mathematics assessment and instruction (including support for the district-approved math curriculum, “Investigations”) and is designed to meet the specific needs of the classroom teacher.

Add+Vantage Math focuses on number sense. “Number sense is an understanding of numbers, their relationships, and how they are affected by operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and is the foundation for all mathematics learning,” says Anita Parker, Add+Vantage Math trainer and Math Recovery Specialist for Roaring Fork School District.

“Just like we have in reading, we now have a continuum of basic skills and concepts necessary for students to excel in math kindergarten through fifth grade.”

Teachers like Heather Howe from Sopris Elementary School and Christine Horch from Glenwood Springs Elementary School, both Glenwood Springs schools, report that Add+Vantage Math has changed their approach to teaching math and has given them effective tools with which to assess students’ math understanding, providing insight into why some children have difficulty with place value, multiplication and division.

For more information, contact Anita Parker, RFSD instructional facilitator, at

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