"Dougherty, Bush, and Karp are offering you their entire playbook for scaling effective teaching beyond individual teachers to an entire school. Their Math Pact will support everyone in a school, even people who wish they were more comfortable with math, to help students learn math in ways that make sense and endure across grades."
"This book brilliantly connects research-informed practices to empower stakeholders in engaging students in meaningful mathematics through
a vertically articulated Mathematics Whole School Agreement! Building on the impact of the Rules That Expire series, the authors lay out an easy to implement approach to share, connect, and represent mathematical ideas across classrooms to intentionally and explicitly bring about change prior, during, and after instruction."
"These books provide effective steps and strategies toward students being able to make powerful, purposeful connections across grade levels and across a wide variety of mathematical concepts."
"How can you ensure you have equitable instruction that strengthens students’ beliefs that they can understand and use mathematics in a variety of contexts? A starting point is to have a Mathematics Whole School Agreement (MWSA) in which there is a unified approach to how mathematics is communicated in a consistent manner across grade levels and courses.
"If you have anything to do with transforming mathematics teaching and learning at your school, then stop everything right now and read this book. Dougherty, Bush, and Karp’s The Math Pact strategically navigates the complex topic of creating and cultivating cohesive mathematics instruction by introducing readers to their Mathematics Whole School Agreement and specific elements that ensure schoolwide success. Building on their renowned Rules That Expire work, this book takes readers through the essential components of best practices of mathematics teaching.
"This is a long-awaited publication that will help preservice teachers, educators, and administrators of all levels and curriculum coordinators abolish the use of tricks and magic in mathematics instruction. For years we have inadvertently led students down a dead-end street in their math instruction by teaching them expiring rules, tricks, and cutesy sayings that may help them perform short-term on a test but leave them conceptually damaged in the long run."
"Finally, a practical guide to ensuring equitable, coherent instruction for all students in your school district! Broader than collaboration and more effective than a PLC, establishing a Mathematics Whole School Agreement (MWSA) is a common sense approach to taking the next step beyond having a common curriculum."
"Maya Angelou said, 'Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.' The Math Pact is a practical guide that supports us in collectively taking responsibility for helping each and every one of our students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and capable and confident doers of mathematics. The detailed vignettes and suggestions are vivid guideposts for a journey of self reflection and collective decision making with colleagues about really critical components of mathematics instruction.
"The Math Pact is the perfect resource for groups who are seeking to put students first and create cohesive, thoughtful agreements to support students’ learning of mathematics. The Math Pact leverages the NCTM Mathematics Teaching Practices to encourage mathematics teaching that is grounded in effectiveness and puts learning at the forefront of decision making. As a mathematics teacher educator, I appreciate the stress on the precision and consistency with mathematical vocabulary, notation, and meaning-making.
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