ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-07-075

Date Created : 01/29/2007


Co-op Directors
other: Principals Grades K-3

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Special Assistant - Dee Cox
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Training for Grades K-3

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Bill Nielsen

Phone Number:



The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and State Mathematics Specialists announce Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) professional development for teachers in Grades K-3. CGI is a seven-day professional development program that helps teachers and administrators learn to base mathematics instruction on children’s thinking. Classification schemes and levels of development for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place values and algebra are discussed. These classification schemes and levels of development provide a framework for teachers to understand children’s mathematical thinking. Planning instruction to build on children’s thinking so that children continually progress with understanding is also discussed. CGI supports the effective instruction in all of the K-8 Arkansas Mathematics Frameworks with particular attention to Number and Operations Standards 1, 2, and 3 and Algebra Standards 5, 6, and 7.

Enrollment in CGI is open to classroom teachers, special education teachers, mathematics coaches/specialists, Title I teachers responsible for teaching mathematics, and administrators. Training capacity is limited and early enrollment is encouraged. Priority enrollment will be given to participants from schools in School Improvement.

Participation requires a seven-day commitment (four days in the summer with three follow-up days during the school year) by the participating staff members. There will also be an optional five-day training for teachers completing the initial seven days of CGI training during the 2006-2007 school year. This optional CGI training builds upon the experiences and content covered during the first year of training. Additional information, including dates and locations for training, will be announced by the education cooperatives and the Pulaski County area school districts.

For further information, contact a state mathematics specialist or Dr. Bill Nielsen (ADE), 501-682-4232.


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