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A Guide to Mathematics Leadership

A Guide to Mathematics Leadership
Sequencing Instructional Change

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December 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin
This book helps mathematics leaders build a high-quality instructional programme based upon the five principles identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2000): equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment, and the four leadership principles from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in the PRIME Leadership Framework (NCSM, 2008): equity leadership, teaching and learning leadership, curriculum leadership, and assessment leadership.

The authors provide an approach to improvement that includes:

- Articulating the curriculum

- Implementing the curriculum

- Using effective instructional strategies

- Providing timely feedback

- Providing opportunities for collaboration and professional development

Leaders will find guidance on how to plan for long-term change and how to focus their time and energy towards short-term objectives, with the overarching goals of continually engaging and empowering mathematics teachers.

List of Figures
About the Authors
Part 1. Preparing the Foundation
1. Understanding and Clarifying Leadership in Mathematics
What Is Leadership and Who Is a Leader?

Building a Culture of Success

NCTM Principles and NCSM Leadership Principles

2. Engaging and Empowering Staff
Staff Inclusion and Effective Communication

Leadership Decision Making

Instructional Leadership

Dynamics of Engagement and Empowerment

Expectations and Challenges

Part 2. A Leadership Model
3. Articulating the Curriculum
Curriculum Alignment

Opportunity to Learn

Scope, Sequence, and Timeline Alignment

Rigorous Curriculum

4. Implementing the Curriculum
Curriculum Implementation

Monitored Implementation

Monitored Progress

5. Incorporating Effective Instructional Strategies
Incorporating Effective Instructional Strategies for All

Student Collaboration in the Form of Teamwork

Using Group-Worthy Problems

Incorporating Instructional Strategies for ELL Students

Matching Materials to Desired Instructional Strategies

Using Data to Inform Practice 1: Analyzing Student Work

Using Data to Inform Practice 2: Analyzing Student Assessments

6. Providing Timely and Targeted Feedback
Using Pertinent Data

Targeted Information

Building Trust

7. Establishing Professional Learning Communities
Establishing Collaboration

Building Community

Facilitating Reflection

8. Fostering Professional Development
Structuring Effective Professional Development

Mentoring and Coaching

Other Approaches to Professional Development

Part 3. Continuing the Work
9. Reflecting on How Students Learn Mathematics
What Mathematics Must or Should Students Learn?

What Methods and Tools Will Be Most Effective in Helping Students Learn?

What Does Research Say?

How Do Students Learn to Become Problem Solvers?

How Do Students Learn to Communicate Mathematics?

10. Putting It All Together
Looping, or Recycling Through the Developmental Stages

Mathematics Leaders' Influence

Guiding Questions for Critiquing the Developmental Stages


"If you have anything at all to do with mathematics leadership in your school or district, this resource is the launch pad for your leadership efforts. It provides the necessary background, gets you started, and will force you to consider 'leadership traps' you may encounter along the way. This book won't be placed on a shelf—it will be used daily!"

Skip Fennell, Professor, McDaniel College
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

"With a strong basis in research, this book is a practical guide to transforming mathematics education. Leaders at all levels will find an invaluable resource for their professional libraries."

Jesse Warren, Curriculum Facilitator
South Bend Community School Corporation, IN

"A comprehensive and practical guide for mathematics leaders at all levels to improve their leadership skills. The authors include all aspects of leadership including curriculum development, implementation, and alignment; working with classroom teachers to improve practice; and effective professional development and ongoing work to grow as leaders. Based on current research and the vision presented by NCTM and NCSM, this book should be included in the professional library of every educator with responsibility for leadership in mathematics education."

Linda Gojak, Past President
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

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