Strategies for Refining/Reforming a Mathematics Program

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.