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Graduate Course

Inclusion and Differentiation Through Main Lesson/Menu (K-8)

The Barre Unified Union School district will be hosting a 3-credit graduate level course through St. Michael's College this summer, exploring a main lesson/menu model for math instruction.

Primarily designed for classroom teachers and special educators, the course will be held at the Barre Town School, 70 Websterville Road, Barre, VT on the following dates:

July 9 - 12, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Plus two follow up classes on:

September 23 & October 28th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This 3-credit graduate course explores a main lesson/menu model for math instruction. During the main lesson, students work together in heterogeneous groups to solve rich problem-solving tasks. During menu, students work in small groups or independently on tasks targeted to their specific needs.

This course will help you learn how to:

  • build a classroom culture where all students learn to feel mathematically competent;
  • choose or adapt rich mathematical tasks for main lesson; and
  • support students to work productively in small groups.

The course will also help you learn how to manage a "centers" approach for menu, which will allow you to meet with small groups of students and individual students while other students work independently.

The course includes two texts:

  • Hoffer, Wendy Ward (2012). Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8. NH. Heinemann
  • Featherstone, H. et al (2011). Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Classroom.

Theh cost of the program is $1,100, and includes both texts and 3 graduate credits.

Space is limited to 24 students. You can register online here: Inclusion & Differentiation Course

Please direct any inquiries or questions to Venus Dean at

In order for the course to run, 15 people must be registered.



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Instructor: Karen Reinhardt

Karen Reinhardt is currently a Math Research Specialist for TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan, where she helps support both pre-service and classroom teahers to improve math instruction. Prior to this, she was a K-8 math coach and curriculum specialist at the Chittenden East Supervisory Union in Vermont