Developing Mathematical Thinking: Achieving Success in Title I Schools
This presentation will present findings from a professional development organization working in Title I schools in southern Idaho. The work of the Developing Mathematical Thinking (DMT) project has focused on providing professional development and technical assistance to Title I schools through grants funded by Mathematics and Science Partnerships, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The work completed in DMT schools has also been highlighted by the Institute of Education Science and their What Works Clearinghouse. Participants will learn about the DMT framework, the DMT professional development model as well as a variety of supplemental materials used with DMT partner schools. Specific math topics used as examples include basic fact fluency, place value and fractions.
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Dr. Brendefur has been the principal investigator on grants totaling over $15 million in the last five years, all of which examined the teaching and learning of mathematics in Title I schools. He has published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed research journals and has been featured as a speaker on the topic of mathematics education in states from each region of the country.
Sam Strother has worked with on Developing Mathematical Thinking projects in a variety of roles such as associate director, lead professional development facilitator, research assistant and project school classroom teacher. He has published articles on topics such as developing fact fluency, teaching fractions, teaching place value and assessment in mathematics. He is currently coordinating professional development projects in three Title I schools in southern Idaho focused on improving students' achievement in mathematics.