How To Establish Family Math Nights

Migrant Family Math Nights
 Helps kids and parents
overcome anxiety about
 Helps students and families
understand how math
applies to the real world
 Gives teachers feedback
about their school’s math
 Let’s students know math
is fun
 Gives parents and teachers
another chance to connect
with each other
 Shows parents what their
kids are learning about
Our purpose is to:
 Intentionally include Migrant Students and Families in math
nights and engage them in school activities
 Use the “I do, We do,You do” model to help districts provide
a series of math nights for migrant students and families
 Increase the number of students that are meeting state
standards in the area of math
As found in the SDP Math 1 Math Goal 1: Increase the percentage of
migrant families who are able to provide their
children with what they need to improve their
mathematical ability from 67% to 80%.
o Math 1 C: Develop and disseminate strategies for teachers/staff to
communicate with parents/families regarding math strategies in the
home. (2010)
o Math 1 E: Develop and disseminate family-friendly information on
specific math resources and strategies being used in the classroom
and how migrant parents can support those strategies in the home.
"students with involved parents are more likely to:
 Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in
higher-level programs;
 Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits;
 Attend school regularly;
 Have better social skills, show improved behavior,
and adapt well to school; and
 Graduate and go on to postsecondary education"
(Henderson & Mapp, 2002)
Migrant Students and Math
 MSIS website:
o Username and password
o Reports
o Student Lists
o Student Needs Assessment list
o Which district
How to find your district’s
Math information…
Migrant Math Assessment Info
Information take from the OSPI Washington State
Report Card
Think Pair Share
 WHY???
 What did you notice about the data of migrant
students in math?
 What about all students?
How to get started……
 Research what is being done in your district already
 Ensure, by looking at sign-in sheets, talking with your
PAC etc that those services are including migrant
families and that they are attending
 If so, GREAT!! Keep up the good work!
 If not, contact your support networks
-Curriculum Director
- Math Coaches
- Regional Math Coordinator
Before your Math nights
 Who, what, when, where, how
 Meet with ALL stakeholders. Who needs to be at the table?
 Consider transportation needs
 Consider what times of day are best for your migrant families
 Get input and participation from Parent Advisory Council
 Cultural and linguistic needs
 Plan for the full family
 Plan for a variety of levels of math ability, language ability
and developmental ability
 Set up committees so that one person doesn’t have to do it all
 Advertise in a manner that is intentionally including migrant
 Have all staff that can be at the event participate
 Have standards for each activity translated and in kid friendly
 Set up some take away for families
 i.e. the activities themselves, a notebook of ideas
handouts, photos etc.
What is happening????
Share with each other
 What is going on in
your community????
 What would bring
your parents out????
 How can we have
math a part of the
daily conversation???
During your Math nights
 Provide a welcoming environment, welcome
each and every family
Ensure that the whole family can be involved
from babies to grandmas
Are staff able to communicate effectively with
Not an opportunity for teachers to discuss
“issues” with families
Ensure activities can be easily transferred the
migrant home, low cost, low preparation and
After your Math nights
 Get your group back together, evaluate as the facilitator’s
how you feel it went
 Get feedback and share it with families, PAC, PTA/O and
school board
 Thank everyone involved. It is really important to remember
all the work that goes into a nights like this and thank each
person individually
 Keep up the good work!!!!! Have more math nights!
A one time math night won’t make sustainable change
Evaluating your Migrant Math Nights?
Migrant Service Delivery Plan Goal:
Math Goal 1: Increase the percentage of migrant
families who are able to provide their children with
what they need to improve their mathematical
Use your own district’s baseline
data to measure growth
A variety of ways to evaluate your Migrant
Family Math nights
Survey at Family
Math nights
 Each family can be given a
written pre/post survey as
part of the Family Math
 The district can have a sticker
dot chart measuring how
families feel regarding being
able to help their child with
 Can be measured over a
series of Family Math nights
Baseline data
 The district can use their
data from the survey that is
given each year as a
 Can use the MSP results
Practitioners Committee Names
Heriberto Torres
Yakima School District
Stephanie Wood
Toppenish School District
Instructional Math Coach
Jim Beichler
Don Bender
Thomas Romero
Jill Copenhaver
8th Grade Math Teacher
Quincy School District
Kathy Thornock
Jennifer Mabey
Lake Quinnault School District
Jeanette Grisham
NWESD Regional Math Coor.
Kelly Pingree
Janis Heigl
America Smith
Migrant Director Centralia
School District
OSPI/Migrant Education
Lupe Ledesma
Ideas? Questions? Comments?
A Special Thanks
to all the people who
helped to make this
project possible.

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