Institute Course Descriptions

Institute Course Descriptions

It’s the TEACHING that ensures success, not the program.
You, the educator, are the KEY to your students’ success.

The Making Math Real professional development course series for parents and educators provides the highest quality, comprehensive and scientifically based systematic simultaneous multisensory structured methods in mathematics, currently spanning kindergarten through high school geometry and algebra II, which is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards. In addition, Making Math Real is incrementally developmental, in which each new development follows directly from the content that precedes it, and is ideal for Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

The focus of all Making Math Real courses is on developing math comprehension through methods specifically engineered to foster students’ abilities to activate and sustain working memory throughout problem solving.  Course participants learn to successfully guide students’ integration of concepts and their respective procedures while continuously developing the necessary cognitive tools for activating and sustaining working memory.  In addition to the 12 original courses in the series below, founder and director David Berg has also designed new Intensive Mini-Courses for participants seeking maximum support for learning Making Math Real concept-applications.  Intensive Mini-Courses provide additional opportunities for participants’ increased integration on specific MMR content areas that are critically important as fundamentals, and are extremely large in scope and incrementation.

Making Math Real is presented in association with California State University East Bay   Continuing Education and optional units of credit are available for all 12 courses below for $134 per semester unit.

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Making Math Real:  Overview, K-12
The Overview, K-12 course provides the necessary introduction to the structure and methods of Making Math Real to prepare educators and parents for the up to 680 hours of content courses that follow and is therefore the mandatory prerequisite for all other Making Math Real courses.

Making Math Real:  Kindergarten
This foundational course provides a 4-day intensive focus on the comprehensive scope and sequence for Kindergarten and the earliest developments of number sense. This seminar is important for Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers.

Making Math Real:  The 9 Lines Intensive
This essential course for parents and educators is a comprehensive, in-depth investigation that shows how to maximize the success of the 9 Lines strategy and to integrate it into the daily classroom or home experience.  This is the one and only Making Math Real course for learning and applying the 9 Lines symbol imaging mental organizer for developing automaticity with the multiplication facts.

Making Math Real:  The 4 Operations & The 400 Math Facts
This course provides the essential foundation upon which all mathematics will develop: the 4 operations and the 400 math facts. These are the basis for cognitive development K-5, and all mathematical applications through algebra and beyond.

Making Math Real:  Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value
Fractions and their related applications are required tools for successful mathematical processing through calculus. This course will provide you with effective, hands-on strategies that finally make fractions, decimals, and advanced place value meaningful and accessible for all students.

Making Math Real:  Pre-Algebra
This 10-day course continues the sequence from the  Overview, K-12, 4 Operations & the 400 Math Facts, and Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value courses, and provides the essential development for meeting the challenges of transitioning students from elementary math to algebra.

Making Math Real:  Algebra I
This 10-day course continues the development from Making Math Real: Pre-Algebra and will complete the remaining components that comprise the full integration of algebraic law. All of the content in pre-algebra and algebra is about providing students with the integration of algebraic problem solving tools for direct application in higher-level mathematics, specifically, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus (math analysis), and calculus.

Making Math Real:  Algebra II
In the developmentally appropriate scope and sequence starting with pre-algebra, algebra II follows algebra I and high school geometry. The developmental focus of pre-algebra and algebra I is analysis and the developmental focus of geometry is synthesis, thereby making algebra II the first significant mathematical experience of applying analysis-synthesis to activate and sustain working memory for math.

Making Math Real: Geometry Part I
This course provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for introducing and teaching the concepts and applications of geometry for grades K-8. The developmental purpose of the content of Geometry Part I is to prepare students for the perceptual demands of high school geometry, most specifically for solving deductive proofs. 

Making Math Real: Geometry Part II
This course continues the development from Geometry Part I for Elementary and Middle School and provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for teaching high school level geometry. Geometry is the mathematics of synthesis, and the focus of this course is on providing students with the requisite perceptual developments that enable synthesizing partially given information into a complete big picture. 

Making Math Real:  Time & Money
This newly expanded 4-day course provides the comprehensive, simultaneous multisensory structured methods for introducing and teaching the concepts and applications of understanding the code of the clock, telling time on the analog clock, and problem solving with elapsed times as well as learning the names and identifying coins, counting mixed change, making change, connecting the concepts of place and place value of whole numbers to place and place value of dollars and coins, and using dollar notation for solving problems across the 4 operations with money.

Making Math Real:  Games!
Join Making Math Real for one of the most popular make & take courses. Spend two days having fun learning to make, apply and play high interest games to support the multisensory structured methods of Making Math Real at every grade level and across content areas.

Annual Summer Institute
Every year Making Math Real offers select courses from the professional development series for parents and educators during its Annual Summer Institute. The compact scheduling during weekdays and consecutive order of the courses is ideal for parents and educators from out-of-town or local to the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Optional units of credit are available for select courses for $134 per unit, paid directly to CSUEB Continuing Education, by the last day of every class.

Making Math Real courses are especially designed for ALL of the following:

  • Parents
  • Educational Therapists and Learning Specialists
  • Special Educators
  • Elementary, Secondary & Community College Teachers
  • College and University Professors
  • Tutors and Instructional Assistants