Developing Mathematical Thinking at the Primary Level in Title I Schools
This presentation will document the successful transformation of multiple under-performing Title One schools at the primary level. There is a critical need for early identification of students who are experiencing difficulties in mathematics and, then, the provision of immediate and targeted intervention in order to build foundational skills and knowledge. We will highlight using the Primary Mathematics Assessment to screen K-2 students at the beginning and middle of the year on six predictive domains, which allowed us to work with teachers on providing specific curricular tasks to improve student learning across these domains.
Dr. Brendefur has been the principal investigator on grants totaling over $16 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.