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TEACHING MATH FOR ALL LEARNERS
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In 2015, Dr. John Tapper was working with math coaches in a school district in northern Vermont. John and the instructional coaches were discussing spring math assessment results. The conversation had centered around what accommodations would have to be made for students who had underperformed. The sense was that this April assessment told us what we needed to know about the next year’s math groupings.
This wasn’t anything unusual. In school districts everywhere, leaders plan for those students who are not progressing. In some ways, this district was engaged in extra planning. But the act of acknowledging that in some sense, we had failed some students did not sit well with the group.
“Teachers always say, ‘All kids can learn’” one of the voices in the group said. “They even put signs that say that in the entrance to school buildings. Why is it we don’t act as if that’s true?”
In response to those words, the All Learners Project was born.
The All Learners Project involved John Tapper, three visionary district leaders in Vermont, Maine, and Maryland, and thousands of teachers and students in an ongoing project to explore ways to make mathematics accessible to every student. Each school district organized a cadre of coaches to help support teachers to make changes to their math instructional practices. The districts received professional development from John and colleagues. And an ongoing dialog to share important practices that worked in the field was started.
5 Key Principles
- High Leverage Concepts to focus instruction.
- A Main Lesson/Menu approach to foster inclusion and differentiation.
- A systems approach to improve that included the use of coaches and implementation science.
- Reliance on formative assessment practices to inform instruction.
A Rapid Cycle of Inquiry to encourage participants to look for in-the-field solutions to frequent problems.
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