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Principles to Actions

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Principles to Actions: 
Ensuring Mathematical Success for All

What it will take to turn the opportunity of the Common Core into reality in every classroom, school, and district.

Executive Summary /
Resumen Ejecutivo 

NCTM Journal Articles 

Reflection Guide

Print Edition 


News release 


Principles to Actions Overview (PowerPoint)
Exploring Exponential Relationships Cases
Teaching Practices

What Principles to Actions offers 

Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM has undertaken a major initiative to define and describe the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students.

This landmark new title offers guidance to teachers, mathematics coaches, administrators, parents, and policymakers:

  • Provides a research-based description of eight essential Mathematics Teaching Practices
  • Describes the conditions, structures, and policies that must support the Teaching Practices
  • Builds on NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to attain much higher levels of mathematics  achievement for all students
  • Identifies obstacles, unproductive and productive beliefs, and key actions that must be understood, acknowledged, and addressed by all stakeholders
  • Encourages teachers of mathematics to engage students in mathematical thinking, reasoning, and sense making to significantly strengthen teaching and learning
Attend an interactive institute on Effective Teaching with Principles to Actions.

See the articles about Principles to Actions in each of the NCTM journals. 


Reflection Guide - Principles to Actions 

How-to guide with tasks and supporting questions for each section of Principles to Actions. Integrate Principles to Action into your professional development experiences.  Developed by NCTM's Professional Development Services Committee.

Webcasts on Principles to Actions from 2014 Annual Meeting  


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