In Person: Facilitating Meaningful Math Discourse

July 20, 2023

This workshop is part of our longstanding math series and is a great opportunity to meet and talk with other teachers of mathematics!

This workshop, which will involve a meta-layer of teacher discourse, will explore mathematical discourse following the outline below:

  • Experience a series of activities involving mathematical discourse that demonstrate a range of formats and purposes
  • Articulate what constitutes “discourse” (vs. other kinds of engagement) and justify its importance for ourselves
  • Collect together a list of key strategies and see how they apply to examples within the grades we teach
  • Look at a series of reliable steps for orchestrating rich discourse in the classroom around problem-solving
  • Discuss other facilitation techniques
  • As time allows, consider a few quick ways to address vocabulary acquisition, which itself enriches discourse 

Other Details:

  • This is a PM workshop. There will be a separate AM workshop held in the same location. Find out more here!

  • CTLE credits are available upon request.
  • Catered lunch will be provided — a delicious treat for everyone!
  • No one will be turned down due to cost. If you have any issues making the full payment or have general questions, please email
  • For educators working in NYC Day Schools/ Yeshivot only.


COVID Policy: In accordance with the recommendations from the CDC,, the NYC Department of Education, and the protocols of our site host, there are no vaccination requirements to attend this event. We ask that participants take precautions in the event; if you are feeling sick on the day of this event, please do not attend. If you feel most comfortable wearing a mask to this event, we encourage you to do so. Please note this policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the Department of Education, New York City, New York State, and Federal guidelines.

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About the presenter: 

Dennis Desormier Headshot

Dennis Desormier meets thousands of teachers each year in his workshops and school visits. His professional experience combines years of classroom teaching with curriculum and instructional design experience with several publishers and school districts. However, his greatest love in the education field is professional development for teachers, school leaders, and district leaders in the areas of mathematics and assessment. He has written or co-written most of the mathematics and assessment workshops currently presented by Catapult staff around the country as well as some of the STEAM workshops. He has a passion for balancing rigorous teaching and learning with a lighthearted environment.