Course List

Making Sense Professional Development courses are designed to deepen elementary teachers’ understanding of mathematical concepts and to support the implementation of research-based teaching strategies. All courses are aligned with the Common Core State Content and Practice Standards, Iowa Core, and Iowa Professional Development Model. Additionally, we provide leadership training to principals to ensure support for teachers as they work to improve mathematics instruction in their classrooms.

For an overview of the Making Sense Professional Development courses, please click on the course of interest to you below.

Making Sense of Numbers

Making Sense of Operations

Making Sense of Geometry

Making Sense of Measurement

Making Sense of Algebraic Thinking  

Making Sense of Rational Numbers

In 2014, the CTLM received a grant from the Math/Science Partnership to develop courses for special education teachers of struggling learners.  The goal for this Special Education Math Professional Development program is to close the achievement gap between students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and students without an IEP.  The special focus for these courses includes the effective use of specially designed instruction time and formative and diagnostic assessment.

Teaching Mathematics to Struggling Learners: Building Your Confidence

Teaching Struggling Learners: Addition, Subtraction, and Place Value

Teaching Struggling Learners: Multiplication and Division

Teaching Struggling Learners: Fractions


Please note that courses are offered and encouraged to be taken in the order listed above.