Berks Workshops Next Week!

We’re excited that our first summer workshops will be starting Monday 6/26!  Twenty Pennsylvania teachers will be coming to Penn State Berks for Math as a Second Language.

Participants: You should have received an information packet by email by now.  If not, please contact Andrew Baxter ( as soon as possible.

Announcing: Week-long workshop at PSU Berks

We are happy to announce we will be offering a week-long workshop at Penn State Berks, June 26-30, entitled Math as a Second Language.

This workshop is comparable to the course of the same name that is also being offered at the University Park, Greater Allegheny, and Brandywine campuses at other times during the summer.   Participants receive travel compensation up to $300, lodging at a local hotel if necessary, and an $800 stipend.

Additional details on this and the other Summer 2017 Workshops is available here:  The application for the Berks workshops is available here:

Participants are chosen based on grade band, district need, and position to impact students.   Applicants will be notified of whether they have been selected by May 20.

New: Recommendation system for PMI applicants

To guide our decision-making process, we’re introducing a way for past PMI participants and school leaders to recommend colleagues to participate in the summer PMI workshops.  Note that a recommendation for a colleague is not a guarantee they will get selected to participate this summer, and a recommendation is not required to be selected.

Fill out the form below to recommend a colleague for the Summer PMI Workshops.

Spring 2017 Workshop at Berks Campus

We are welcoming new applications for our Spring 2017 teacher professional development workshop at Penn State Berks campus.

Date: Thursday and Friday, March 9 and 10, 2017
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Penn State Berks, Room Gaige 121
Topics: The Spectrum of Addition and Subtraction (March 9) and New Perspectives on Multiplication and Division (March 10)
Compensation: 6 hours of Act 48 credits for each day
Cost: Participation is free; lunch and coffee provided
Participants: Current K-6 teachers responsible for math instruction in their classroom, as well as math specialists and school leaders
Workshop Leaders: Dr. Andrew Baxter and Dr. Hartono Tjoe

Please register below.

Update 3/2: Registration for the Berks workshops is now closed.

Follow-up Workshop: 3/30/17

We will be hosting a follow-up workshop for all previous PMI summer workshop participants on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the University Park campus.  Registration is at the end of this post.

Andrew Baxter and Fran Arbaugh will be running the session.  We will be discussing the following:

  • Impacts that PMI has had on your students and your colleagues.
  • Mathematical discussion on geometry in the elementary grades, and the “wall” in 4th grade.
  • Pedagogy discussion from Principles to Actions.

The workshop will run 10am-3pm, with breakfast provided started at 9am and a working lunch.

If you will be unable to attend in person but would be interested in teleconferencing, contact Andrew (  If there is sufficient interest we can set something up.


The Fall 2016 Berks PMI Workshops

Andrew Baxter and Hartono Tjoe will be presenting three Saturday workshops at Penn State Berks for K-6 teachers and math specialists.  Participation is free, and participants will receive six Act 48 credits and free lunch.

Workshops will be held Saturday October 29, Saturday November 19, and Saturday December 3.  The three workshops are stand-alone, so don’t worry if you can only make one or two.

For more information, or to apply, visit:

Summer 2016 Workshops Concluded

This has been a very exciting summer for PMI!

The summer workshops have now concluded at all three campuses.  A longer post should follow by the end of August that includes quotes from participants, photos from the workshops, and some of the quantitative data.  We worked with 75 teachers from across Pennsylvania

Until the full review, here is a map where each pin represents a school building  with a PMI participant (Thanks, Lisa!).

Each pin represents a school where a PMI participant has taught. By Lisa Krol and  Click for an interactive version.

Each pin represents a school where a PMI participant has taught. By Lisa Krol and Click for an interactive version.