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K-8 Problem Solving and Sense-Making: Fun with Fractions and More

July 10, 2023July 13, 2023

RiSE MPCI 2023 Fractions FlyerProfessional learning opportunity sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, University of Maine, with Dr. Franzi Peterson and Jenn Fronczak

July 10–13, 2023 (Monday–Thursday); 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with one-hour lunch break
Estabrooke Hall, University of Maine, Orono

In this 4-day mathematics content immersion we will explore how to create opportunities for students to engage in reasoning with numbers and problem-solving. We will also follow the progression of the fraction concept from early childhood through middle school.

  • Reading and Writing Numbers in Base Ten
  • Meaning and Models of Fractions
  • Strategies for Teaching Operations through K-8 Word Problems
  • Developing Fraction Operations

All throughout the content immersion we will explore tasks that promote problem solving and investigate ways to engage students in classroom discourse. We will also work with manipulatives and use many hands-on activities and draw connections to grade-level appropriate examples. Teachers will leave each day with tasks that can be used directly in classrooms.

Franziska Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Graduate Coordinator and Faculty Member of the RiSE Center. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Secondary Education with double majors in mathematics and English in Germany. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Wyoming.

Jennifer Fronczak is a Professional Learning Specialist at the RiSE Center. She works with partnering school districts, supports multiple grants, and contributes to the RiSE Center’s Teaching Fellowship program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescent Mathematics and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics and an M.Ed. in Literacy.

$1,250 registration fee. If your school or district has agreed to pay for this professional learning opportunity, you can select “Invoice (Enter School or District Billing Info)” at checkout.

Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $700, contact hours, and lunch is included!

To request a reasonable accessibility accommodation to participate, please submit a request or contact the RiSE Center: or 207-581-4672 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Registration is open through 6/30.


July 10, 2023
July 13, 2023
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Estabrooke Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


RiSE Center
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