Strategies for Refining/Reforming a Mathematics Program

Andrew Elizalde June 25, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


An overview will be given of steps taken and lessons learned during the last four years of mathematics reform at Veritas School. Particular attention will be given to four critical components: one, composing a comprehensive curriculum map; two, repairing / reconnecting a disconnected / excessively modularized curriculum through “essential questions” and “concept threading”; three, refining pedagogy through Critical Friends Tuning Protocols (a professional development model designed to encourage collaboration, transparency, and the receiving of constructive criticism amongst colleagues and across disciplines); and four, re- educating the parent community. During this session, participants/teachers will have the opportunity to interact with one another in smaller groups. Activities will include: one, “concept threading” (the forward and backward mapping of a critical concept across the K-12 curriculum that begins with the consideration of an isolated problem at a single grade level); two, composing “essential questions” (an approach articulated in Wiggins and McTighe’s work Understanding by Design) linked to performances of understanding (as opposed to learning objectives) informing the mode, format, and content of assessments; and three, an abbreviated simulation of a critical friends tuning protocol.


Classical Education Curriculum Mathematics Pedagogy


Andrew Elizalde
Andrew Elizalde earned a B.A. degree at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a mathematics major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools as well as private tutoring in subjects ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew is currently Dean of Academics, at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrew also regularly offers consulting services to Classical schools. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters.

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