Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Stern Structural Arithmetic Workshop


Numerical Foundations, Addition/Subtraction within 20, Money, Time

Saturday, May 2, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Part II:
Place Value, Addition/Subtraction within 100, Multiplication/Division, Fractions

Saturday, May 9, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Stephen Gaynor School
148 West 90th Street,
New York, NY 10024
(212) 787-7070

Fee: $500 for Parts I and II, $300 for one session only. Lunch on your own for both sessions.

Course Description:

Learn to support your students’ development of number sense and understanding of the operations through the use of Stern Structural Arithmetic, a systematic, multi-sensory system that engages students in the discovery of fundamental mathematical principles. This interactive workshop series includes demonstrations of the Structural Arithmetic materials and activities, including games, student videos, and hands-on practice. The Structural Arithmetic Program, developed and taught by Catherine Stern, Margaret Stern and Toni Gould for over six decades, is a renowned standard for effective mathematics instruction. It equips teachers with a multi-sensory, structured, systematic, and thorough program that gives children a strong foundation for all math skills. Stern has been extremely successful in supporting students with language processing and/or learning difficulties, as well as second language learners. Download Flyer


Anne Bode received her Masters in Special Education and her Masters in Leadership in Mathematics from Bank Street College of Education. She has been a special education teacher for 15 years at both Stephen Gaynor School, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities, and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart as a middle school learning specialist. At Gaynor, she works as a math specialist to design curriculum, mentor and collaborate with teachers, and teach math to students in small groups. She has been using Stern Structural Arithmetic for her entire teaching career and integrates it with the Singapore Math curriculum.

Rachel Arbesfeld received her Masters in Special Education and General Education from Hunter College in New York City. She has been a special education teacher for 11 years at Stephen Gaynor School, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities.  She began her teaching career as a classroom teacher and then transitioned to becoming a lower school math specialist. Rachel believes strongly in using a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to teaching math, and works closely with teachers on fusing Stern Structural Arithmetic with Singapore Math. Currently, Rachel mentors teachers by providing curriculum guidance and modeling lessons. In addition, she continues to teach math in small groups and one-to-one sessions.