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A Leader's Guide to Mathematics Curriculum Topic Study

A Leader's Guide to Mathematics Curriculum Topic Study

May 2012 | 280 pages | Corwin

How to link standards and research to mathematics practice

The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the National Science Foundation, supports teachers in improving practice by connecting standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Designed for facilitators, this guide provides a robust set of professional development tools, templates, and designs to strengthen mathematics programs, enhance teachers' content knowledge, identify key concepts and procedures, and improve mathematics instruction.

A companion to Mathematics Curriculum Topic Study, this comprehensive guide features
A solid foundation in the CTS study process that emphasizes how to meaningfully utilize standards and learning research to improve practice
A process-driven approach that accommodates the dynamic nature of standards—adapting easily to initiatives such as the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and NCTM Focal Points
Introductory sessions that acquaint participants with the CTS process and resources
Designs and guidelines for leading common topic studies and creating your own
Practical suggestions for applying CTS to content, curriculum, instruction, and formative assessment
Examples that illustrate how to embed CTS into ongoing professional development such as collaborative inquiry into examining student thinking or case discussions
Programs for half- and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and individual coaching
A CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and reproducibles
Bringing CTS into schools and other professional development settings is a highly effective way for mathematics leaders to improve teaching practices and boost student learning.

About the Authors
1. Introduction the the Leader's Guide
2. Introduction to CTS for Leaders
3. Considerations for Designing and Leading CTS
4. Tools, Resources, and Designs for Leading Introductory Sessions on CTS
5. Leading Full Topic Studies
6. Using CTS in a Content, Curricular, Instructional, or Assessment Context
7. Embedding CTS Within Professional Development Strategies

"This book provides an indispensable set of tools to help teachers, coaches, and other curriculum leaders strengthen and improve content and pedagogical knowledge of mathematics in a variety of professional development opportunities. I encourage all mathematics leaders to add this book to their professional tool kit."

Marilyn Curtis, Teacher Leader
Maine Governor’s Academy

“Not only does this book provide the resources mathematics leaders need to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment; it strengthens the 'M' in STEM professional learning. When combined with The Science Leader's Guide to CTS, instructional leadership teams have access to a suite of standards and research-based designs and tools to foster connections and integrate the STEM disciplines.”

Jean May-Brett, STEM Partnership Director
Louisiana Department of Education

"This book teaches the basics of linking standards and research to mathematics practice, and is a fine companion to MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM TOPIC STUDY."

Midwest Book Review, October 2012
Key features
  • Provides a solid foundation in the CTS framework
  • Includes multiple designs for half-day and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and one-on-one instructional coaching
  • Offers facilitation, group processing, and materials management strategies
  • Includes CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates

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ISBN: 9781412992602