CTL’s Mathematics and the Common Core is a professional development program designed for teachers and administrators in grades 6-12. It integrates instructional practices to address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice in all mathematics classes, including training in helping students to develop mathematics literacy.
Implementation of the model involves a commitment to intensive professional learning and engagement in regular on-site and distance coaching on the part of teachers and administrators, including:
- Formal professional development and job-embedded coaching over multiple years
- Resources to support acquisition and implementation of new teaching strategies
- Virtual professional learning community support
- Content area mentoring for administrators and instructional coaches.
Research indicates that students who address content from multiple perspectives and through a variety of interactive experiences perform better and are able to apply mathematical concepts more readily. Mathematics and the Common Core provides comprehensive support and practical strategies for middle and high school teachers to bring this to life in the classroom.
CTL’s Mathematics and the Common Core PD addresses the critical areas of problem solving, multiple representations, mathematics communication, procedural fluency, abstract and quantitative reasoning, and appropriate use of tools with practical strategies that support deep exploration of mathematics and engage all students.
In addition, the mathematics literacy component of the program is designed to provide opportunities for middle and high school students to develop deeper mathematical understanding through a communication-centered classroom that emphasizes multiple representations, academic dialogue, writing in support of mathematical learning, vocabulary development, and a comprehensive approach to use of manipulatives to bridge concrete to abstract/symbolic understanding and support student learning–further addressing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Mathematics and the Common Core helps middle and high school teachers and administrators apply the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice in all mathematics classes. It provides the background, training and strategies to help teachers implement the standards with all students and foster the development of mathematics literacy.
Mathematics and the Common Core also helps administrators and instructional coaches develop the capacity to lead mathematics teachers in applying standards in the classroom. Instructional leaders attend formal trainings with teachers, and receive additional support in promoting implementation of the Common Core and best practices in mathematics instruction.
CTL has always addressed standards in its mathematics professional development programs. In a Mathematics Science Partnership (MSP) project funded by the US Department of Education through the Kentucky Department of Education, the impact on both teachers and students was clear and impressive:
- Over a three-year period, elementary, middle and high school teachers who participated in CTL mathematics and science professional development demonstrated increased content knowledge in mathematics and science. These gains reached the level of statistical significance over the course of the project.
- Increases in content knowledge of up to 16% were demonstrated by high school mathematics teachers. Increases in content knowledge of up to 10% were demonstrated by middle school science teachers.
- Elementary, middle and high school students who participated in MSP likewise made gains on the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) in mathematics, with increases of 8% for elementary, 16% for middle, and 14% for high school in the proportion of students scoring proficient or above.
- Elementary, middle and high school students who participated in MSP also made gains on the KCCT in science, with increases of 14% for elementary, 15% for middle, and 13% for high school in the proportion of students scoring proficient or above.
- By the end of the MSP project, the participating high school had a greater percentage of students scoring proficient or above in mathematics and science on the KCCT than the state average.
- By the end of the project, the participating elementary school had a greater percentage of students scoring proficient or above in science on the KCCT than the state average.
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