Devoted to improving the pedagogical and content knowledge of mathematics teachers in grades K-12.
Led by Dr. Anne M. Collins, a leader in the mathematics education field and author of numerous books, the Center for Mathematics Achievement is at the forefront of mathematics professional development. The staff are leaders in formative assessment strategies and protocols, and are actively involved in the Association of Teachers of
Mathematics in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Mathematics Association of
Teacher Educators, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New
England, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National
Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and the Association of
Mathematics Teacher Educators. It is the belief of the faculty and staff at the Center that teachers who have enriched their own mathematical content knowledge are better suited to providing richer, more effective mathematics opportunities to their students in grades PreK-12. To that end, it offers mathematically rich professional development opportunities on campus throughout the year. In addition, the Center works with schools and school districts to provide individualized professional development. Professional development can be curriculum specific, such as Connected Mathematics Project or Everyday Mathematics, or content-specific, such as focusing on rational numbers or proportional thinking. Currently, the Center is working with districts and teachers towards gaining a better understanding of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The Center has partnered with numerous districts on Title IIA and Title IIB grants funded through the state to provide graduate credit math content courses to teachers. Our professional development and courses have been shown to lead to an increase in student achievement and an improvement in student and teacher perception of mathematics.
Success of the Lesley Math program, from a participant's perspective:
"I just wanted to let you know that I had the best math MCAS scores in the Holyoke district for grade 5 last year. I speak highly of the Lesley math program each and every chance that I get. You managed to transform a math-phobic teacher into one that enjoys teaching and learning everything I can about math."—Dan, teacher in Holyoke, MA
The Center was founded in 2003 by Dr. Kenneth I. Gross to assist in the national effort to improve content and instructional practice in mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Gross was also the founder of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI), which was funded by the National Science Foundation to improve the mathematics content knowledge of teachers in the state of Vermont. In collaboration with Lesley University, Dr. Gross brought his rich mathematical experiences and previous experience with teachers to Massachusetts. It was with this experience, and the desire to improve the content knowledge of teachers, that the Center was created.
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Dr. Anne M. Collins, Director, 617.349.8853Steve Yurek, Associate Director, 617.349.8938Joan Trainer, Business Manager, 617.349.8318Helena Tonge, Program Coordinator, 617.349.8344
View a photo album [PDF] showing activities in courses held in Brockton and Quincy, Massachusetts, and from trips to the Museum of Science, Boston.
View these visual presentations [PDFs] for instructor highlights from workshops held during this summer's math institute.
Green Data (Armontrout 1)
Assorted (Armontrout 2)
Univariate Data (Armontrout 3)
Teaching Isn't Telling (Collins)
Who is Cavalieri (Cook)
Unlocking Quadratics (Deleidi)
Rich Problems... (Findell)
I Can't Do This (Jackson)
Maximize the Frogging (Matthews 1)
Using Problem Solving (Matthews 2)
Role Played by Functions (Schiffman)
Problem Sheet (Yurek 1)
Some Problems Are Born Great (Yurek 2)
Cutting Corners (Johnson)