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A Guide to Mathematics Leadership
Sequencing Instructional Change

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July 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin
This book helps mathematics leaders build a high-quality instructional programme based upon the five principles identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2000): equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment, and the four leadership principles from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in the PRIME Leadership Framework (NCSM, 2008): equity leadership, teaching and learning leadership, curriculum leadership, and assessment leadership.

The authors provide an approach to improvement that includes:

- Articulating the curriculum

- Implementing the curriculum

- Using effective instructional strategies

- Providing timely feedback

- Providing opportunities for collaboration and professional development

Leaders will find guidance on how to plan for long-term change and how to focus their time and energy towards short-term objectives, with the overarching goals of continually engaging and empowering mathematics teachers.

 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part 1. Preparing the Foundation
 
1. Understanding and Clarifying Leadership in Mathematics
What Is Leadership and Who Is a Leader?

 
Building a Culture of Success

 
NCTM Principles and NCSM Leadership Principles

 
 
2. Engaging and Empowering Staff
Staff Inclusion and Effective Communication

 
Leadership Decision Making

 
Instructional Leadership

 
Dynamics of Engagement and Empowerment

 
Expectations and Challenges

 
 
Part 2. A Leadership Model
 
3. Articulating the Curriculum
Curriculum Alignment

 
Opportunity to Learn

 
Scope, Sequence, and Timeline Alignment

 
Rigorous Curriculum

 
 
4. Implementing the Curriculum
Curriculum Implementation

 
Monitored Implementation

 
Monitored Progress

 
 
5. Incorporating Effective Instructional Strategies
Incorporating Effective Instructional Strategies for All

 
Student Collaboration in the Form of Teamwork

 
Using Group-Worthy Problems

 
Incorporating Instructional Strategies for ELL Students

 
Matching Materials to Desired Instructional Strategies

 
Using Data to Inform Practice 1: Analyzing Student Work

 
Using Data to Inform Practice 2: Analyzing Student Assessments

 
 
6. Providing Timely and Targeted Feedback
Using Pertinent Data

 
Targeted Information

 
Building Trust

 
 
7. Establishing Professional Learning Communities
Establishing Collaboration

 
Building Community

 
Facilitating Reflection

 
 
8. Fostering Professional Development
Structuring Effective Professional Development

 
Mentoring and Coaching

 
Other Approaches to Professional Development

 
 
Part 3. Continuing the Work
 
9. Reflecting on How Students Learn Mathematics
What Mathematics Must or Should Students Learn?

 
What Methods and Tools Will Be Most Effective in Helping Students Learn?

 
What Does Research Say?

 
How Do Students Learn to Become Problem Solvers?

 
How Do Students Learn to Communicate Mathematics?

 
 
10. Putting It All Together
Looping, or Recycling Through the Developmental Stages

 
Mathematics Leaders' Influence

 
Guiding Questions for Critiquing the Developmental Stages

 
 
References
 
Index

"If you have anything at all to do with mathematics leadership in your school or district, this resource is the launch pad for your leadership efforts. It provides the necessary background, gets you started, and will force you to consider 'leadership traps' you may encounter along the way. This book won't be placed on a shelf—it will be used daily!"

Skip Fennell, Professor, McDaniel College
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

"With a strong basis in research, this book is a practical guide to transforming mathematics education. Leaders at all levels will find an invaluable resource for their professional libraries."

Jesse Warren, Curriculum Facilitator
South Bend Community School Corporation, IN

"A comprehensive and practical guide for mathematics leaders at all levels to improve their leadership skills. The authors include all aspects of leadership including curriculum development, implementation, and alignment; working with classroom teachers to improve practice; and effective professional development and ongoing work to grow as leaders. Based on current research and the vision presented by NCTM and NCSM, this book should be included in the professional library of every educator with responsibility for leadership in mathematics education."

Linda Gojak, Past President
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Don S. Balka

Consulting DescriptionDon S. Balka, Ph.D., is a noted mathematics educator who has presented more than 2,000 workshops on the use of math manipulatives with PK-12 students at national and regional conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and at in-service trainings in school districts throughout the United States and the world.  He is Professor Emeritus in the Mathematics Department at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author or co-author of numerous books for K-12 teachers, including Developing Algebraic Thinking with Number Tiles, Hands-On Math and Literature with Math Start, Exploring... More About Author

Ted Henry Hull

Consulting DescriptionTed H. Hull completed 32 years of service in public education before retiring and opening Hull Educational Consulting. He served as a mathematics teacher, K-12 mathematics coordinator, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and a project director for the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. While at the University of Texas, 2001 to 2005, he directed the research project “Transforming Schools: Moving from Low-Achieving to High Performing Learning Communities.” As part of the project, Hull worked directly with district leaders, school administrators, and teachers in... More About Author

Ruth Harbin Miles

Ruth Harbin Miles coaches rural, suburban, and inner-city school mathematics teachers.  Her professional experiences include coordinating the K-12 Mathematics Teaching and Learning Program for the Olathe, Kansas, Public Schools for more than 25 years; teaching mathematics methods courses at Virginia’s Mary Baldwin College; and serving on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematic, and both the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics.  Ruth is a co-author of five Corwin books including A... More About Author

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