Messages from the President
Since 1990, the average
mathematics score on the Nation’s Report Card has gone up 27 points at grade 4
and 19 points in grade 8.
The student population in our schools and classrooms is increasingly diverse, with students of color making up the majority of those attending public schools. Many schools and classrooms include children who live in communities whose voices have been historically marginalized.
To build authentic relationships with families in the context of
mathematics teaching and learning, it is important to not assume that parents
or caretakers are aware of teaching methods that are aligned with
standards-based mathematics pedagogy.
For many of you, the school year is about to start
or has already started. This means that there is a lot of work that needs to
get done before embarking on a successful beginning of the academic year. For
some, it may mean creating a list of what tasks need to get done before the
opening of school. This list may include making sure that you have necessary
resources, arranging the classroom to optimize learning, and figuring out what
you are teaching and how you might teach it.
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