Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

Trends and Issues in Mathematics Teaching - Course 1

This online course will provide K-12 teachers of mathematics the opportunity to earn CEUs while participating in timely, relevant learning from mathematics teacher leaders from across the country. The course is organized into three self-paced sessions and concludes with one live discussion session. With a variety of topics to choose from, participants have the opportunity to engage in an individualized learning experience. 

Course opens: May 11, 2020 

Course closes: May 31, 2020

Sessions 1, 2, & 3 are self-paced, independent learning to be completed prior to Session 4.

Session 4 is a live, online discussion session. This session will be offered at three different times for your convenience. Each participant will choose one of the following sessions:

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 2020,  7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All course assignments must be submitted by Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. At that time, the course will close.

Session 1: General Session
The content for Session 1 addresses teachers’ resiliency and mindset in teaching mathematics. This session will inspire you toward maintaining a healthy professional life.

Session 2: Grade Band Session
Learn about and explore new content, strategies, and resources related to the grade level content that you teach. Content is organized by elementary, middle, and high school topics. Choose from a variety of options in your grade band to meet your individual interests and needs. 

Examples of topics at each level include:

Elementary School Topics:

  • Supporting Fact Fluency
  • Dividing by Zero
  • Orchestrating Classroom Discussions

Middle School Topics:

  • Orchestrating Classroom Discussions
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Language Arts Strategies in the Math Classroom

High School Topics:

  • Orchestrating Classroom Discussions
  • Recommendations for Statistics
  • Modeling Our Messy World

Session 3: Special Topics Session

Select a special topic of interest to you from options such as equity, student disabilities, and self-care.


Session 4: Discussion Session

Join other participants to discuss your learning and make plans for implementation.

Dr. Julie James

Assistant Director of Professional Learning

Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi

0.9 – 1.5 CEUs available

Completion of all required tasks and assignments for all four sessions will earn 0.9 CEUs.

BONUS content may be completed in Session 2 and Session 3 for up to 0.6 additional CEUs.



*All required tasks and assignments in Sessions 1-3 must be completed prior completing BONUS material.

Registration Fee: $45, includes CEUs

Two-step registration process:

  1. Registration – Participants must register using the Registration button below. Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.
  2. Payment – Payment must be made separately through the Payment button. Please allow 1-2 business days for CMSE staff to confirm receipt of payment.  Once payment is confirmed you will receive an email providing you access to the course materials. 

*Due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all payments must be made via credit/debit card through the CMSE TouchNet payment system. If you are unable to pay via credit/debit, please contact us at

Registration Deadline May 25, 2020

Credit/Debit Card Only

Frequently Asked Questions

The webinars are pre-recorded sessions made available by NCTM as part of their 100th year celebration. These presenters were originally slated to present at the annual NCTM conference in Chicago in April.

The system will allow you to submit your quiz with unanswered questions, however, in order to receive completion credit, you will need to respond to each question

Each quiz contain no more than 5 questions.

The questions on the quiz align with the content of the webinar.  It is recommended that you complete the quiz as you watch the webinar. This will allow you to interact with the presenter, although it is a pre-recorded session.

Sessions 1, 2, and 3 should be completed before the Discussion Session.  This live session will allow you the opportunity to discuss what you have learned with other educators.

The course will close completely on May 31 at 11:59 pm.  This is the absolute last day to complete the course and any BONUS material.

By completing all required components of the course, you will earn 0.9 CEUs.  You may earn up to 0.6 additional CEUs by completing BONUS material. Thus you can earn 0.9 – 1.5 CEUs.

No, the minimum number of CEUs that can be earned is 0.9 CEUs.  Only participants who complete ALL required portions of the course will be eligible for CEUs.

Send an email to letting us know you are having trouble. Be sure to include your phone number and someone will reach out to you.

The Live Discussion is required for course completion and to be eligible for CEUs. This course will be offered again next month.

Each course is composed of webinars hosted by NCTM during their 100 Days of Professional Learning event. Course 1 is composed of the NCTM sessions hosted in April. Course 2 will be composed of the sessions hosted in May. Additional courses will be added each month composed of the prior month’s content for a total of five courses.

Yes, each individual course will be composed of unique content. The layout and expectations of each course may change based on feedback from current participants.

When enrolled in a course, you will have access to the content for all three grade bands and are welcome to complete as many of the topics as you like. There is an option to earn additional CEUs for completing extra topics while enrolled in the course.