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Secondary Lenses on Learning Participant Book
Team Leadership for Mathematics in Middle and High Schools



August 2009 | 424 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Education Development Center

Leadership Solutions

"What is so exciting about the Secondary Lenses on Learning materials is how the process brings together a team to collect and analyze data and form an action plan."
—Dan Chazan, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Maryland

"To quote the principal from one school team that participated in our pilot program: 'Unlike most schools in the state, my school saw growth in our mathematics student achievement this year. The Secondary Lenses on Learning seminar was extremely valuable in improving skills for staff and learning for students.'"
—Linda Foreman, Director
Teachers Development Group

Lead a successful mathematics program to help all students realize their full potential!

This participant book, in combination with the facilitator's guide, forms a comprehensive professional development program designed to improve the efforts of site-based mathematics leadership teams for middle and high schools.

Secondary Lenses on Learning prepares leaders to explore concepts in middle and high school algebra as a window into content, instruction, and assessment. You will learn how to assess the strengths and needs of your mathematics programs, set goals, and generate plans for ongoing improvement by engaging in extended explorations and conversations based on readings, problem-based activities, cases, and videos. The participant book contains:

  • Three observation and reflection tools
  • Introductory essays and Big Ideas corresponding to each of the six sessions of the seminar
  • Relevant, accessible, and thought-provoking readings that bring current research and knowledge into the seminar
  • A comprehensive set of data collection and reflection tools designed to inform leaders' plans for improving the mathematics program at their site

This innovative program provides the tools to examine the leadership tasks and responsibilities that contribute to an effective mathematics program and authentic reform within any school district.


Virginia C. Stimpson
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Useful Tools
 
Secondary Lenses on Learning Observation and Reflection Guide for a Mathematics Lesson
 
Levels of the Math-Talk Learning Community: Action Trajectories for Teacher and Student
 
Task Analysis Guide
 
Part II. Session Introductions and Readings
 
Session 1. What Does It Mean to Know Algebra? (Content)
Readings and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 1 (Two Homework Readings)  
 
Session 2. What Does High-Quality Instruction Look Like? (Instruction)
Readings and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 2 (Two Homework Readings)  
In-Session Readings for Session 2  
 
Session 3. How Can Assessment Support Learning and Instruction? (Formative Assessment)
Readings and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 3 (Two Homework Readings)  
 
Session 4. How Can We Hold High Expectations and Provide Strong Support for All Students? (Equitable Practices)
Readings and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 4 (Readings 4.1 and 4.2 for All Participants and Readings 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 to Be Divided Among Building Team Members)  
 
Session 5. How Can Professional Development Enable Teachers to Improve Student Achievement? (Practice-Based Professional Development)
Readings and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 5 (Three Homework Readings)  
In-Session Readings for Session 5  
Reading Option for DATA Assignment Following Session 5  
 
Session 6. How Can School Leaders Advance Their Mathematics Program Toward Success for All? (Mathematics Improvement Process)
Reading and Focus Questions to Prepare for Session 6 (One Homework Reading)  
 
Part III. Team DATA Assignments (Data As a Tool for Assessing the Mathematics Program)
 
Team DATA to Collect Between Session 1 (Content) and 2 (Instruction)
Part A: Overview of DATA Assignments Between Sessions 1 and 2  
Part B: Templates for Data Collection  
Part C: Whole Team Reflection  
 
Team DATA to Collect Between Session 2 (Instruction) and Session 3 (Formative Assessment)
Part A: Overview of DATA Assignments Between Sessions 2 and 3  
Part B: Templates for Data Collection  
Part C: Whole Team Reflection  
 
Team DATA to Collect Between Session 3 (Formative Assessment) and Session 4 (Equitable Practices)
Part A: Overview of DATA Assignments Between Sessions 3 and 4  
Part B: Templates for Data Collection  
Part C: Whole Team Reflection  
 
Team DATA to Collect Between Session 4 (Equitable Practices) and Session 5 (Practice-Based Professional Development)
Part A: Overview of DATA Assignments Between Sessions 4 and 5  
Part B: Templates for Data Collection  
Part C: Whole Team Reflection  
 
Team DATA to Collect Between Session 5 (Practice-Based Professional Development) and Session 6 (Mathematics Improvement Process)
Part A: Overview of DATA Assignments Between Sessions 5 and 6  
Part B: Templates for Data Collection  
Part C: Whole Team Reflection  
 
Areas to Pursue: Composite List
 
A Few Final Thoughts
Key features
  • Comprehensive professional development program for site-based mathematics improvement teams designed to advance middle and high school students' mathematics achievement
  • Fosters a deeper understanding what it means to be mathematically literate in today's world and what kinds of learning opportunities help to make significant mathematics accessible to all students
  • Participant book includes relevant readings, focus questions, data collection assignments, observation/reflection guide and rubrics
  • Facilitator's guide includes an accompanying DVD with video clips keyed to sessions, detailed facilitation notes, numbered handouts for each session, and document samples
  • Materials have undergone extensive field testing with math leadership teams throughout the United States

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