TouchMath University

Professional Learning

A growing body of research continues to validate the TouchMath system and point to a common conclusion: our multisensory approach and focus on the Concrete-Representational-Abstract sequential strategy improves math comprehension and mastery. And in order for students to conquer math with our resources, we are here to make sure educators are well-prepared to teach with them.

TouchMath University approaches professional learning differently. Our programs are interactive and combine job-embedded knowledge with ongoing support for general and SPED educators, leaders, and administrators. We believe if we give educators the skills and knowledge they need to help students gain a better conceptual understanding of math, everyone wins.

Our team of special education and math experts work with educators and administrators to tailor an onsite, virtual, and blended professional learning program that provides the right mix of curriculum implementation and instructional support.

TouchMath University is:

  • Applicable

    We focus on research-based best practices that increase math achievement for all students.

  • Differentiated

    Our team of experts develop customized programs that provide the right mix of curriculum implementation and instructional support.

  • Scaffolded

    We help districts and schools build systems and capacity to effectively implement TouchMath in any environment.

Upcoming Virtual Events

TouchMath University Live

Join the TouchMath University team
and math experts, for live professional
learning experiences customized to
meet your individual needs.

TouchMath Teach On-Demand

Experience TouchMath training
on your own schedule and at your
own pace with our new on-demand
virtual training courses.

Free Worktable Webinars

The TouchMath University team
periodically offers free webinars on
timely topics. Register for upcoming
events or browse past recordings.

Sandra Elliott, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer
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Randy LaRusso, M.Ed.
Professional Learning Specialist
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Theresa Shattuck, Ph.D.
Professional Learning Specialist
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Aleasha Stevens, M.Ed.
Professional Learning Specialist
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TouchMath University Live Courses

TouchMath Jumpstart is a 3- hour interactive introduction to the TouchMath methodology and program. It is designed to enable attendees to confidently begin  implementation of the TouchMath Program and in preparation for more intensive training for their grade level. Topics include TouchMath techniques,  planning, assessment,  lesson plan components, how to access just in time support videos, etc.

TouchMath Refresher is a 3- hour interactive review of the TouchMath methodology and program. It is designed for current users who need to recalibrate their technique and/or learn how to use new Touchmath features. Refresher is perfect for staff who have been using TouchMath but want to practice their skills and knowledge with TouchMath experts before the start of the school year or before a deeper dive into an advanced instruction or math content class. Topics include TouchMath techniques, new features, planning, assessment, lesson plan components, how to access just in time support videos, etc.

Educators learn the components of the pre-k program and how to implement them. They will make connections between the program, learning trajectories, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the NCTM Standards and NAEYC Practices. Implementing learning goals, planning for instruction and multiple entry points for students are also covered. Educators leave ready to use print and/or digital resources to prepare for a week of instruction.

Prerequisites: None

Educators learn the components of the kindergarten through grade two TouchMath programs specific to the district adoption, alignment to core program and differentiation.  They will make connections between the program, learning trajectories, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the NCTM Standards and CEC Practices. Implementing learning goals, planning for instruction and multiple entry points for students are also covered. Educators leave ready to use print and/or digital resources to prepare for a week of instruction.

Prerequisites: None

Educators learn the components of the grade 3 through pre-algebra TouchMath programs specific to the district adoption, alignment to core program(s) and differentiation.  They will make connections between the program, learning trajectories, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the NCTM Standards and CEC Practices. Implementing learning goals, planning for instruction and multiple entry points for students are also covered. Educators leave ready to use print and/or digital resources to prepare for a week of instruction.

Prerequisites: None

This 2-hour webinar with a 1-hour followup is designed to provide TouchMath PRO users with the ability to deploy the platform and use it for instructional planning and implementation.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

A focus on the collection, analysis and evaluation of each student’s mathematical development. Using TouchMath’s pre- and posttests and other formative and summative assessment tools teachers will determine entry points for learning and success in learning identified skills and concepts.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

A focus on procedures for efficiently and effectively collecting, sharing, and using TouchMath and other assessment data to plan classroom instruction.  Individual and group specific data will be used to support planning and determine instructional strategies  for student progress.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

A focus on procedures for efficiently and effectively collecting, sharing, and using assessment data in a PLC format.  Group specific data will be used to support planning for student progress.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

A focus on strategy based approaches for effectively utilizing the accommodations and modifications identified in an individual student(s) 504 or IEP when planning for Touch Math instruction.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

Focus on how TouchMath addresses the three tiers of RtI to support all students. Although these terms are sometimes used interchangeably there are important differences. TouchMath is used as a powerful tool to provide direct services, supports, and interventions for at-risk students.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

TouchMath in the Inclusive Classroom is a 3-hour instructional module with an additional 3 hours of virtual coaching and support that cover best practices for providing TouchMath instruction in an inclusive classroom.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

A focus on how to shift from in-person to distance learning while using TouchMath resources. Whether students are supported through online platforms or physical packets and with the support of their family and caregivers, all while maintaining a high standard of instruction.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

Introduces leaders how to observe evidence of effective math instruction and support curriculum implementation. The research supporting multimodal, C-R-A and other instructional strategies, program components, preparing for instruction, implementing classroom routines, assessment and the use of data to facilitate decision-making will be covered.

Prerequisites: None

Teachers/parents/caregivers will learn to use the TouchMath resources available to them in a home learning situation. Participants learn how to find and use manipulatives found at home to support math growth for their child. Helping parents understand the research behind the strategies and activities will support their efforts at home.

Prerequisites: None

Focus on the strategies and materials TouchMath utilizes to increase mathmatecal competence in students. Attendees will be able to confidently support the classroom teacher and students using TouchMath. Para’s will be exposed to the research behind the strategies and activities. Topics include assessment, lesson plan components, modeling and reteaching. A strong para can double instructional time in the classroom, resource setting or 1:1 support to increase student achievement.

Prerequisites: None

Classroom Coaching and Support is designed to support TouchMath users as they implement the program and work to increase student achievement and educator program and content knowledge. Participants interact with TouchMath trainers on a regularly scheduled basis to review implementation and improve professional practice. Designed to include on-site visits and virtual support. On-site includes learning walks, modeling, etc. Each package is designed in conjunction with the district.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

Focused on a specific topic (ex. addition/subtraction; time/money) or grade level, teachers will work together with the TouchMath experts to enhance instructional practices.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra).

Reflecting on the results of a year’s data is an important part of a school’s annual continuous improvement process and needed PD for the following school year. Using that data to determine what to target for the next school year’s PLCs will also be the focus of this 3 hour session. Group specific data will be used to support planning for student progress and PLC team development.

Prerequisites: Jumpstart or Refresher; any of the Grade Band Workshops (Pre-K, K – 2, or 3 – Pre-Algebra); Making TouchMath Data Work for Your PLC.

Additional Offerings:

  • TouchMath PRO Digital SaaS Training
  • TouchMath Life Skills Training
  • Maximizing TouchMath in Year 2
  • TouchMath Assessment Training
  • TouchMath Using Data to Plan Your Class Instruction
  • Making TouchMath Data Work for Your PLC
  • TouchMath Accommodations, Modifications, and Lesson Planning
  • TouchMath and the MTSS/RtI Process
  • TouchMath in the Inclusive Classroom
  • TouchMath for Administrators
  • TouchMath and Parents
  • TouchMath ParaPower
  • 50 Ways of Using TouchMath Manipulatives
  • TouchMath Train-the-Trainer
  • TouchMath Custom Implementation Planning
  • TouchMath Classroom Modeling
  • TouchMath Classroom Coaching and Support
  • TouchMath Getting Ready for the New School Year

Contact the TouchMath Team

For more information or to customize a professional learning program, give us a call at 1.855.929.0880, or fill out the form below.

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Sandra Elliott, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra T. Elliott, Ph.D. is a career educator who has spent over 4 decades working to enhance education for all students and improve schools and their systems around the globe. She has served as a Special Education teacher, and five-time principal in Florida and Colorado, and district-level administrator. She has held senior level positions at public/private education providers and foundations and was part of the EngageNY–Eureka Math team. Sandra is also a member of the UNESCO — sponsored international EDUsummIT that meets biennially. She is thrilled to be able to combine her focus on Special Education and Math at TouchMath.

Randy LaRusso, M.Ed.

Randy LaRusso has been a leader in the field of special education for 42 years. Her experience includes special education teacher, district level leadership and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. Randy was the founding director of the Florida ACCESS Project for the Florida Department of Education and in that capacity was responsible for the development of curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SwSCD) as well as professional development for teachers, administrators and parents across the state. As Florida’s liaison to the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Randy worked closely with other states and national organizations on the development of alternate achievement standards aligned to Common Core State Standards. She continues to serve as an expert panel member for the national technical assistance project on the inclusion of SwSCD, the TIES Center.  As a national presenter, she is considered an expert in the field of curriculum and instruction and professional development.

Theresa Shattuck, Ph.D.

Dr. Theresa Shattuck became an educator in 1975. She has taught in both general education and special education settings. Her areas of expertise are Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavior, classroom management, and standards-based instruction. She recently retired from a large urban school district where she was the supervisor for Specialized Programs that served over 3000 students.

Dr. Shattuck has been a speaker at state and national conferences on the topics of autism and behavior, and was a guest speaker for the Chat-back during the run of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Winspear Opera House in January 2017. As a recent retiree, Theresa wants to help teachers using her years of experiences, successes, and mistakes.

Aleasha Stevens, M.Ed., PMP

Driven by a passion to advocate for the needs of all learners — particularly those who historically have not been empowered to do for so themselves — Aleasha is uniquely poised to draw from 20+ years of experience in increasingly responsible roles in the field of education including teaching, training and executive leadership. A resourceful and accomplished sponsor-for-change, Aleasha is well-regarded for building trusting partnerships to create organizational advantage as well as breakthrough results for individuals. A passionate educator at her core, Aleasha prides herself on caring deeply for students, understanding the educator’s perspective, and bringing the voice of the classroom to the boardroom.

Now an empty-nester and full time independent education consultant, Aleasha maintains her love for teaching and traveling as a seasonal ESL teacher in France while helping other educators do the same.