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Powerful Practices in Mathematics and Science

The majority of the mathematics and science expertise at Learning Point Associates stems from 13 years of conducting work for the North Central Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortium (NCEMSC). For more than a decade, NCEMSC was a major source of mathematics and science assistance to the seven state departments of education and numerous districts in the North Central region, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has had a profound impact on the mathematics and science work since 2002. For better understanding of NLCB mandates, Quick Key No. 4 resource, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Mathematics and Science," was published to help educators in schools and districts understand the fundamentals of what the NCLB Act means for their mathematics and science curricula.

The mathematics and science professional development is systemic, holistic, and based on the following principles:

  • Increased achievement and understanding for all students.
  • Improved opportunities for all students to meet challenging state and/or district standards.
  • Increased student motivation and desire to learn substantive mathematics and science.
  • Improved teacher practice in mathematics and/or science in the levels served.
  • Increased buy-in at the administrative and policy levels in the district respective to the need for change and nature of the services needed and provided.
  • Enhanced awareness and understanding of students, parents, and community with respect to the need for change and the nature of services needed and provided.

The research base of our mathematics and science work also has stemmed from working with quality partners. Long-term partnerships with state departments of education and other organizations build necessary opportunities to develop resources and combine expertise in unique and complementary ways. The long-term partnership with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and the National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science are two examples of successful partnerships resulting in services and products that will have long-term impacts.

 



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