Approaches

Academic Year Professional Development Seminars are held intermittently throughout the school year...

Academic Year Professional Development Seminars are held intermittently throughout the school year to sustain and extend teacher learning as well as to support teachers and coaches in their implementation of high quality mathematics instruction. District teams of teachers and coaches are encouraged to attend the full set of school year seminars.

The Mathematics Leadership Network provides a learning community for math coaches and teacher leaders...

The Mathematics Leadership Network provides a learning community for math coaches and teacher leaders from member districts in which they engage in learning activities designed to support their work with teachers, as well as having opportunities to network with coaches and leaders from member districts. In addition, school administrators are strongly encouraged to participate in the MLN in order to support quality mathematics instruction and improvement student learning.

The Annual Summer Mathematics Institute is a multi-day workshop for coaches and their target teachers...

The Annual Summer Mathematics Institute is a multi-day workshop for coaches and their target teachers to come together to establish a coach-teacher relationship, enhance their mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge, and plan for the upcoming academic year.

Member districts participate in using the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative’s Mathematics Assessment Collaborative annual assessment (MAC/MARS).

Member districts participate in using the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative’s Mathematics Assessment Collaborative annual assessment (MAC/MARS). In February, the MAC/MARS exam is distributed to member districts along with performance exam instructions.  In March, students take the assessment and teachers work together to score them. In May, preliminary data from the performance exam is shared along with performance levels and individual student reports. In October, the MAC Final Report is discussed and shared with the member districts along with the annual Tools for Teachers document.

Professional development on the current year's MAC/MARS test is offered for new and experienced District Lead Scorers in order to prepare them to lead scoring sessions. Lead Scorers participate in training for the specific grade level(s) for which they will lead district-based scoring.

Professional Development Webinars address current mathematics education issues and keep participants engaged and up-to-date between seminars.

Professional Development Webinars address current mathematics education issues and keep participants engaged and up-to-date between seminars. Webinars are open to all teachers and administrators in WestEd/SVMI Mathematics Network districts.