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Modeling and Data Analysis Literacy

Modeling and Data Analysis Literacy (MoDAL) is a professional development project for secondary mathematics teachers in Idaho. It includes a summer institute during June 20th-23rd, 2016 with 89 teachers, followed by classroom teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year. Carefully crafted contexts support connections both within and across grades 6-12 mathematics standards:

Summer Institute

The MoDAL Summer Institute offers teachers chances to work closely with peers to engage with rich tasks, analyze thinking, consider teaching practices, and tailor curriculum for their classroom. The purpose is to build knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach secondary statistics ideas while creating high quality web-based curriculum for teachers. While the structure varies daily, participants engage in typical activities:

  • Engagement with a Task – extended work time to complete a data analysis task in teams of teachers from multiple grade levels
  • Comparing Strategies – exploring different ways to think about a data analysis task through the perspective of the GAISE framework and Idaho Core Standards
  • High-Leverage Teaching – practicing effective ways to engage students in data investigations while making connections to their prior knowledge in multiple domains
  • Curriculum Development – modifying data tasks to be appropriate for instruction in local classrooms, sketching lesson plans tied to grade-level standards, and outlining a trajectory for student thinking.

Follow-up Teaching

Academic year follow-up will assist summer institute participants in the planning, implementation of, and reflection on at least 3 lesson plans related to data, statistics, and modeling standards in the Idaho Core. The process for each lesson includes:

  • Pre-Planning Meetings – face-to-face meetings to finalize lesson plans and discuss implementation with assistance from grade-level teacher leaders. Each grade-level develops a shared online lesson plan. Teachers unable to travel to the meetings join via technology.
  • Lesson Implementation & Reflection – participants each teach the lesson from their grade-level group, making modifications as needed to accommodate individual differences in teachers and students. Each teacher reports on the lesson, making recommendations for revisions to the lesson plan. Teacher leaders use these to develop a ‘final’ version of the lesson plan for online publication.
  • Post Implementation Vertical Meeting – vertical teams meet at a convenient local place to discuss their lesson implementation. Following a common agenda, the group discusses Idaho Core standards, student outcomes, and work samples from the lesson implementation.

2016-2017 Follow-Up Teaching Schedule

2016-2017 Follow-Up Teaching Schedule for Lessons 1-3

LessonMeeting FocusDate, TimeLocation
Follow-up #1Pre-Planning Meeting9/17, 11:00-1:00Boise State University, Boise Campus, ILC 301
Lesson Implementation & Reflectionbetween 9/19-10/28Participants' Classrooms
Post-Implementation Vertical Meetingon or before 11/5 Local Schools/Districts
Follow-up #2Pre-Planning Meeting11/12, 11:00-2:00Boise State University, Meridian Campus
Lesson Implementation & Reflectionbetween 11/14-2/10Participants' Classrooms
Post-Implementation Vertical Meetingon or before 2/18 Local Schools/Districts
Follow-up #3Pre-Planning Meeting2/25, 11:00-2:00Boise State University, Meridian Campus
Lesson Implementation & Reflectionbetween 2/27-4/7Participants' Classrooms
Post-Implementation Vertical Meetingon or before 4/15 Local Schools/Districts

Project Leadership

Questions or comments about MoDAL can be sent to, or directly to project leaders.

Special thanks to the Idaho State Department of Education for funding this project.