What is Academic Language in Math and Why Does it Matter?

The Academic Language Gap While supporting math educators in Baltimore City Public Schools with a new curriculum, the Leading Educators team and partners observed a concerning trend. Students could solve math problems correctly, but they struggled to express their ideas in writing. Araceli Flores, Director of Math Content, explains, We were working with teachers on … Continued

Los Angeles: Bridging Student and Teacher Learning In Math

Math allows us to make sense of our world. When students see the power and joy in mathematics—not just the steps—they can use math knowledge and problem-solving skills to build the lives they dream about. That’s why the Los Angeles Unified School District is taking on an ambitious three-year effort to give students in every … Continued

Math Talk: How Embracing Culture Can Deepen Learning

Q&A with Designer Araceli Flores Araceli Flores is a designer, coach, and math lover at heart. She’s especially passionate about applying ratios and proportional reasoning to her two main hobbies: baking and home improvement projects. I spoke with Araceli about how her lifelong passion for math and Filipino identity shaped her perspective on the intersection … Continued

How Districts Can Use Curricula to Cultivate Excellence in Math

The future is changing rapidly, and it also promises students new opportunities not seen by past generations. Climate change, artificial intelligence, and the threat of future pandemics will create demand for deep knowledge in math and science. So are today’s students ready? The most recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed … Continued

Why Adjusting to New Curricula Can Be Hard for Teachers (And Why It’s Worth It)

In my fourth year of teaching, I joined a school that aimed to revolutionize education, one where we didn’t use traditional textbooks. Instead, teachers were expected to create their entire curriculum—or the sequence of lessons that build essential knowledge and skills—themselves. While we received training on standards—the broad learning goals for what students should know, … Continued

Overcoming Math Anxiety

Normalizing Struggle to Promote Confidence in Mathematics Math is all around us. It allows us to make sense of our world. But too few people finish their K-12 journey feeling ready to apply mathematical thinking to everyday problems. So, what can we do about it? Earlier, I talked with Rachel Scarpato, Senior Director of Math … Continued

Math: Do You Love it or Hate it?

How our experiences with math shape the ways we see ourselves The mere mention of math often brings out strong emotions in people. Either you love it, or you hate it. Those personal feelings you bring to math usually have something to do with how you were taught and the expectations your teachers set throughout … Continued

Not a “Math Person”? Teachers Should Tell You Otherwise.

Expanding Representation in Math Instruction Type “mathematician” into a Google image search. What do you notice? Recently, I asked a group of Charleston-based math educators to follow these directions in a professional learning session and describe what they saw. “Old,” “male,” and “white” were the most common adjectives. Say that instead I asked you to … Continued

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