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Pittsburgh Regional Workshop

Multisensory Math: Strategies for Helping
All Students Master Essential Concepts

Presented by Marilyn Zecher, MA, CALT


 Saturday, May 13, 2017

 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration 8:00 to 8:30

Instruction begins promptly at 8:30

 Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center

3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2700


Target Audience

Teachers, tutors, and parents, who work with students learning math, whether they work with a whole class, a small group, or an individual learner. The workshop content is suitable for those who work with all traditional learners, students with learning disabilities, at risk populations, and ELL’s.  Beginning with basic numeracy and quantity awareness, there are specific conceptual horizons which all students must master if they are to succeed in higher math. Numeracy, Place Value, Multiplication/Division and Fractions are historically important content milestones where significant numbers of students struggle. This workshop will offer hands-on, evidence-based strategies for meeting the needs of all students in critical skill areas. Participants will leave with ideas for teaching a whole class, a small group or an individual learner. The workshop is suitable for those who work with all traditional learners, students with learning disabilities, at risk populations, and ELL’s.

Learning Outcomes for Workshop Participants
1) Participants will become aware of current research identifying a possible core deficit in math disabilities and will leave with new strategies for addressing it at various levels of instruction.

2) Participants will learn the importance of using hands-on manipulatives to model math concepts and leave with at least five new ideas for using inexpensive manipulatives to model numeracy, place value, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, and fraction concepts.

3) Participants will learn the difference between conceptual and procedural knowledge and will learn the research basis for modeling concepts before teaching procedures.

4) Participants will learn the importance of using appropriate language to reinforce math concepts and will practice linking language with hands-on practice using manipulative objects and morphology.

5) Participants will create model manipulatives they may use with students in individual or classroom settings.

6) Participants will leave with handouts, models for classroom use, and model manipulatives.




Marilyn Zecher, MA, CALT is a nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher specialising in applying multisensory strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains nationally for The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, Maryland. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, Ms. Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students with learning differences. She teaches graduate level math methods courses and gives workshops on multisensory math, written language, and study skills. Her presentations incorporate Orton-Gillingham strategies, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and applications from NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse, and standards-based curricula.