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Focus on Mathematics, Phase II: Learning Cultures for High Student Achievement
FoM is deepening its impact from earlier efforts by focusing on the partnership's two highest need districts: Lawrence and Chelsea. Building on mathematical learning communities established in the earlier work, FoM Phase II is strengthening a corps of teacher leaders who will lead mathematics-focused professional development activities, including school-based study groups and partnership-wide seminars and summer institutes. FoM is broadening its impact by increasing participation in the current districts, and engaging additional high need districts and a community college.

FoM Phase II also anticipates inviting new higher education partners to join the partnership as contributing members of these mathematical learning communities. Building on experience gained through the earlier work, FoM is creating pathways for teachers that begin with the development of strong mathematical habits of mind in immersion institutes, pass through learning communities in the schools, and lead to measurable change in teachers' classrooms and student achievement.

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Mathematical Habits of Mind for Teaching: Using Language in Algebra Classrooms
"The notion of mathematical knowledge for teaching has been studied by many researchers, especially at the elementary grades. Our understandings of this notion parallel much of what we have read…
Focus on Mathematics, Phase II: Assessing Mathematical Habits of Mind for Teaching
Posted by: Mary Beth Piecham. Focus on Mathematics is a targeted MSP funded by the National Science Foundation since 2003. As part of this work, we are developing a research program with the goal of…
Mathematical Habits of Mind for Teaching
This paper addresses the following claim(s): "Rather than claims and conjectures, we have questions. For example, for decades, researchers have claimed that strong teacher content knowledge is a prerequisite for…