March 29, 2013
How can teachers implement standards-based math lessons that meet the varied needs of today’s diverse student body? The program known as Math for All enhances the preparation of general and special education teachers to promote math success for each learner, including students with disabilities. Developed by EDC and Bank Street College of Education, the first release of the program included all the materials needed to offer effective professional development for teachers in grades 3 to 5. Now the publisher, Corwin Press, has issued an additional package of materials and resources for teachers in Kindergarten to Grade 2 classrooms.
Math for All includes a facilitator’s guide with companion DVDs and a corresponding participant book with materials and handouts, showing both general and special education teachers ways to collaborate to provide a high-quality, standards-based mathematics education. Schools and districts can use the program to increase the expertise of their teachers and enable them to offer workshops for colleagues, eliminating the need to hire outside consultants for the job.
“This program helps teachers assess students’ individual strengths and needs, and also tailor lessons using different instructional strategies to teach specific math concepts,” said lead author Babette Moeller of EDC. “We provide step-by-step guidance for adapting materials, activities, and instructional strategies to make lessons accessible to all students.”
Math for All participants work within a team to develop math lessons that are accessible to all students. The program consists of five workshops during which teachers engage in an ongoing process of problem solving, decision making, and reflection. There is rarely one single approach that will work for all students.
“With so much emphasis on the need to provide equitable instruction for all students, the design of the materials contained within these workshops will allow teachers to develop lessons that include all students in learning,” said Edward C. Nolan, executive director of the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
To learn more about the program or to order it from Corwin Press, go to http://www.corwin.com/authors/535495.