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CA Math Readiness Grants

The grants provide in-depth professional learning opportunities for secondary educators to support the implementation and evaluation of grade 12 experiences that are designed to prepare pupils for placement into college-level courses in mathematics.

The California Mathematics Readiness Challenge Initiative grants are currently providing in-depth professional learning opportunities for collaborative teams of secondary educators, their school-site administrators, and faculty from their partner institution(s) of higher education to support the implementation and evaluation of grade twelve experiences that are designed to prepare pupils for placement into college-level courses in mathematics. The grant period ends on September 30, 2018. Five awards, totaling $6,400,000, were made to the following institutions of higher education:

San Diego State University

The San Diego State University & Sweetwater Discrete Math Partnership has developed a grade twelve curriculum targeting the advancement of students' deductive reasoning through consistent engagement in exploration, conjecturing, generalizing, justifying and repeated reasoning using games, vertex-edge graphs, fractals, counting and cryptography as content. The program is also designed to foster collaboration among teachers by training and placing two mathematics teachers with common preparation periods in each classroom.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Osvaldo Soto, Director at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University, at osoto@sdsu.edu.

California State University, Sacramento

Do the Math: Increasing Mathematics Readiness through Collaboration and Professional Learning. This project focuses on the implementation of an intersegmental approach to improving mathematics readiness in the greater Sacramento Region. The project includes designing and implementing the EAP Senior Year Mathematics (ESM) course and Professional Learning Program; evaluating program effectiveness; and the role of professional learning communities.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Joy L. Salvetti, Director at the Center for College & Career Readiness, at jsalvett@csus.edu.

California State University, San Bernardino

Mathematical Reasoning with Connections (MRWC) is a fourth year course that emphasizes connections in mathematics, develops flexible thinking through multiple approaches, promotes deep thinking and strategic reasoning through productive struggle, and encourages active engagement through mathematically rich activities and games. The MRWC Curriculum and Professional Learning Program has been developed by an inter-segmental partnership of faculty, teachers, and county education leaders.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Lilian Metlitzky, MRWC Project Curriculum Director, Professor of Mathematics, at CSU Pomona, at lmetlitzky@cpp.edu.

California State University, Monterey Bay

Transition to College Mathematics: A Mathematical Modeling Approach. This project has developed a new 12th grade math readiness course for the Monterey County Consortium and the aligned professional development for teachers who will teach the course.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Joanne Lieberman, Project Director, at jlieberman@csumb.edu.

University of California, Los Angeles

College Access through Data Science is a partnership between University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS) Center X, UCLA’s Department of Statistics and the Centinela Valley Union High School District to strengthen teaching and learning in mathematics. This project developed a Data Science Pathway, which culminates in a fourth-year Introduction to Data Science course that uses both statistical reasoning, data analysis, and technology to engage students in strengthening their mathematical content knowledge.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Jody Priselac, Project Director at priselac@gseis.ucla.edu, or Kendall Brown at UCLA at kbrown@gseis.ucla.edu.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, May 7, 2018