Frequently Asked Questions & Answers on WSMI

How do I become a facilitator?

WSMI is currently reviewing its process for identifying and training facilitators. Our goal is to develop a new process that will better meet the needs of our facilitators and participants.

We will announce our future plans when our review is complete.

 

How do I get a WSMI Institute in my district?

WSMI has been very fortunate to have multiple schools/districts express interest in hosting an Institute.

If you are interested in hosting a WSMI institute please send an e-mail to info@wsmi.net.

Please keep in mind the following requirements in order to be a host site.

  • Building access from 7:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. each day and Sunday afternoon for set-up.
  • Up to 10 classrooms and an additional room for the WSMI headquarters, and an area for lunch.
  • Adult tables and chairs in each classroom.
  • Internet access in each room.
  • Projection systems/ Interactive whiteboards in each room.
  • Document cameras in each room.
  • Access to a copy machine for occasional use. 
  • Air conditioning in all rooms. 
Location and access are also critical components in our selection process. It is important to select locations throughout the state in order to make the programming available to as many participants as possible. 

 

Where can I get a copy of the standards?

The standards are available for free download from the Common Core State Standards Initiative website - www.corestandards.org and from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at www.dpi.gov.

Participants in the WSMI Institutes receive complementary bound copies of the CCSS for Mathematics.

 

Will there be new modules offered next year?

An evaluation is underway to determine the priority of need, availability of writers, editors, and reviewers. We hope to continue to develop courses based on need and the Progressions as released. Currently, there are nine courses, they are:

Grades K–2, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grades K–2, Number and Operations in Base 10

Grades 3–5, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grades 3–5, Number and Operations – Fractions

Grades 6–8, Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Grades 6–8, Expressions and Equations

Grades 6–8, Statistics

Grades 9–12, Statistics and Probability for All High School Mathematics Teachers

Grades 8–12, Algebra and Functions with Modeling

 

I want WSMI training for my whole school/district.  Is that possible?

One could say that ‘anything is possible’ – but the reality is that WSMI isn't there yet.   There are not enough resources available (financial, materials, qualified facilitators, etc.) to deliver the program as designed at that scale.  That being said though, an evaluation is underway to determine changes and additions that might make this closer to a reality.  The model designed was for teams of K–12 educators to participate from each district with host schools having the opportunity for greater participation.  That model too is being looked into and evaluated. 

 

What other kinds of professional development does WSMI offer?

WSMI has two professional development goals.  One is to deepen the mathematical content knowledge, grades K–12 and the second is to develop leadership capacity.  Team Leaders participate in 4 additional days of leadership development programming.  Three days are through WSMI and the fourth day is participation in the Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s pre-Conference Leadership Day at the Green Lake conference.  Districts agree to support Team Leader’s participation  by providing release time and substitute teachers for all four days and to fund the cost of the WMC Leadership pre-Conference.

 

My district signed me up as a Team Leader.  What does that mean?

It means you are recognized for your existing or potential leadership skills.  As a Team Leader you will facilitate and lead the development of your district Action Plan during the Institute.  On Tuesday, you will participate in a brief orientation on how to develop the Action Plan with your other team members.  Wednesday, you will meet with them during an extended lunch time to develop the plan, gaining the input and insight from all team members.  The draft Action Plan becomes the instrument that you and your team present to and work on with your district administrator who will attend on Thursday.  On Thursday, with the collaboration of your district administrator, the Action Plan becomes an agreed upon document that will guide your next steps once you return to your district or school. 

What happens next is likely unique to the needs of each school/district.  However, the design of WSMI is that you take your learning back and share it.  It is expected that the Team Leader will work with district administration (superintendents, principals, and curriculum and instruction personnel) as well as classroom teachers to take whatever steps might be appropriate to use the newly acquired knowledge.  Examples are professional development, PLCs, parent nights, or whatever might fit your district’s purpose. 

Finally, as a WSMI Team Leader you are also expected to participate in four days of leadership professional development during the academic year.  Your district has agreed to support you in this effort.  See the above question for the expectations and opportunities for leadership development.

 

Can I receive graduate credit for attending a WSMI Institute?

Information regarding 2017 course credit will be posted as it becomes available. 

 

How can I get involved in WSMI?

You can best be informed by accessing the website and staying up-to-date on programming and needs as they develop.  There are many areas that are yet to be established that you might be interested in.  As volunteer and employment opportunities are posted please consider what you might be able to bring to WSMI and inquire or apply.

 

Additional questions may be submitted to info@wsmi.net