Math 20/20 Initiative makes a measurable, positive impact on the lives of Arizona’s students and teachers everyday.
Math 20/20 engages teachers and school leaders by taking a systemic approach to transforming the teaching and learning of math based on Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics.
The unique combination of grade-level specific professional learning for teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators is accompanied by ongoing implementation coaching and student materials to offer school districts the opportunity to embed quality mathematics teaching into the system’s culture.
In partnership with Arizona’s Regional Service Centers, Math 20/20 seeks to transform the quality of math education throughout Arizona.
The Need and Our Approach
The pressure to improve student performance has never been greater. Teachers need the tools, strategies and support to teach for results.
Math 20/20 focuses on grade-level cohorts across a district to thoroughly implement math-specific content and pedagogy for that grade level. It also equips leaders to support teachers in implementing a transformative vision for teaching math.
Math 20/20 grade level courses include:
- Components for all district and school leadership
- 50 hours of professional learning for all teachers and teacher leaders
- 8 hours of professional learning for district and site-based leaders
Implementation Coaching includes:
- Sustainable model that maintains the progress of teachers and teacher leaders
- Classroom coaching for teachers and leaders
- Workshops and seminars for teachers and leaders
Math 20/20 features grade-level specific professional learning for all teachers involved in the program.
During the initial professional learning course, teachers participate in six full-day workshops during the school year that include:
- Deep examination of grade-level content standards
- Integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
- Discussions and activities that develop specific mathematical content knowledge and related pedagogical implications
- Implementation of classroom tasks and analysis of student work
Curriculum and Resources
Math 20/20 incorporates customized features that include the use of district curriculum documents, such as pacing guides and curriculum maps.
It also integrates well with district-adopted math resources and makes connections to teacher evaluation pedagogy.
A Focus on Teachers
In the Math 20/20 grade level courses, teachers gain in-depth knowledge of math-specific content and pedagogy while learning how best to integrate district components with their new learning.
Teachers study John Van de Walle’s Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics to support mathematical content knowledge and application. They gain critical skills needed to notice, analyze and respond to students’ thinking and performance.
Teachers engage in activities that directly transfer to classroom practice. This includes grade level discussions focused on integration of newly learned strategies. Teachers use these resources with the “Mining Mat” to identify ways to achieve effective implementation.
The district teacher evaluation instrument is directly linked to mathematical pedagogy. This ensures participants know how the pedagogy connects to district expectations and how to facilitate learning through critical thinking, questioning and student academic conversations.
During all sessions, teachers engage in activities focused on standards-based learning, allowing time to anticipate student strategies. Teachers also rehearse the pedagogy that guides student learning and learn how to better analyze student thinking and misconceptions.
A Focus on Leaders
During the initial grade level course, principals and other leaders examine their roles as math leaders. This supports research that states effective learning environments require that principals and other leaders possess the skill necessary to promote and support meaningful mathematics teaching and learning (NCTM, 2012).
Every leader must be equipped with the supervisory skills to ensure their teachers can make quality mathematics accessible to all students.
This requires exposure to and practice with tools that assist leaders to monitor and coach their teachers in standards-based mathematics and give attention to both the content standards and mathematical practices as they pertain to their evaluation system.
The Math 20/20 leadership support system includes two district-level planning sessions and four administrator professional development sessions.
Based on the latest research, Math 20/20 focuses on providing teachers
with a deep understanding of the mathematical knowledge they are expected to teach.
To date, Math 20/20 has been implemented in 34 Arizona school systems.
“The instruction my teachers received from the Math 20/20 team has taught them how to provide more opportunities for their students to engage in higher-level thinking and discussion of math content. It is exciting to see students persevering through difficult math problems and defending their answers as they explain their reasoning to one another using the proper math terminology.”
Principal, Whittier Elementary, Mesa Public Schools
“I thoroughly enjoyed having reserved, specific time with a math expert to walk-through classrooms. I was especially thankful that I have a staff who are eager for the feedback and who are always looking for ways to evolve using the Task-Based Learning rubric. The rubric is a nice tool that helps us take the subjectivity and opinion out of the walk-through experience.”
Principal, Liberty Elementary, Liberty Elementary District
“Math 20/20 training changed teaching from a focus on algorithms to a focus on understanding. Just this week, I watched a teacher teach division with decimal divisors and dividends. Students were using manipulatives and drawing pictures, and really understanding why the quotient ended up being larger than both the dividend and the divisor! This is a huge change from only teaching students to multiply the divisor and dividend by a power of ten to clear the decimals.”
-Dr. Joyce Cook
Principal, Red Mountain Ranch, Mesa Public Schools
Additional Components of Math 20/20
Clear Roles & Expectations
One of the keys to Math 20/20 success is that everyone involved has clearly defined roles, commitments, and responsibilities. Your team will know exactly how they fit into the programs implementation, and what to do to ensure success.
Inexpensive & Cost Effective
Math 20/20 is extraordinarily effective AND cost efficient. By working in partnership with Local Education Agencies in Arizona, costs are kept unusually low. Give us a call today for a detailed cost analysis for your specific organization and see how to get the most impact for your valuable dollars.
Once Math 20/20 has been implemented in your organization, a valuable investment has been made. In subsequent years of implementation, Math 20/20 Implementation Coaching uses a series of planning sessions and workshops to ensure that your teachers and leaders continue to grow, and their previous levels of achievement are continued.
Student Practice Materials
Developed by experts, Math 20/20’s student practice materials can be used by teachers to supplement their local adopted instructional resources. They are written for Arizona’s math standards, and give students practice with assessment-aligned problem formats.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS