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"If you have anything to do with transforming mathematics teaching and learning at your school, then stop everything right now and read this book. Karp, Dougherty, and Bush’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 the authors’ renowned Rules That Expire work, this book takes readers through the essential components of best practices of mathematics teaching.
"Just for a moment, imagine the positive and impenetrable mathematics energetic forcefield that could be created in a school if every teacher strategically and collaboratively decided upon agreements around mathematics vocabulary, notations, representations, and the
"As a fan of the “Rules That Expire” and “Whole School Agreement” articles, I consider this resource a welcome addition to my professional library! In this practical, easy-to-follow book, the authors provide educators with an extremely thorough and useful “go to guide” on establishing a Mathematics Whole School Agreement (MWSA). For those not familiar with the NCTM articles that initiated the movement, this resource defines what an MWSA is and why each school should establish one.
"The Math Pact is a critical guide that takes stakeholders on a journey to create a Mathematics Whole School Agreement (MWSA). This journey begins with a look inward at mathematics instruction in their schools and then moves onward to compare their practices to best practices. Stakeholders arrive at their MWSA when they can ensure a unity of message that promotes coherent and effective instruction within their school and even across their district."
"The Math Pact is an essential resource for educators looking to develop and support a coherent schoolwide approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The authors provide clear guidelines with examples and references to numerous resources that will support you and your colleagues as you develop a shared vision for you and your students in mathematics education."
"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."
"The Math Pact will surely be hailed a seminal work in the field for years to come! The authors outline a crystal-clear, research-supported case for a unified approach to mathematics instruction. The embedded reflection opportunities and suggested parent communications make a Mathematics Whole School Agreement possible for everyone."
"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.
"Wow! The Math Pact will lead the movement to help educators and students overcome the idea that math is a mysterious set of “tricks and shortcuts.” The Mathematics Whole School Agreement process provides the steps, language, representations, and knowledge to build, implement, and sustain equitable learning outcomes for all students! The power to make change is in our collective hands and hearts! This book needs to be in the hands of all teachers, district leaders, and stakeholders."
"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."
"This is the perfect balance of inspiration and practical guidance! The inspiration motivates me to work harder at collaboration with peers, building common commitment. The practical guidance helps me put the ideas into action around what specific changes will improve mathematics teaching and learning."