Friday, September 27, 2019

TeachingWorks featured in Forbes and in 100Kin10’s STEM teaching report


TeachingWorks was part of the spotlight section of the 100Kin10 organization’s Doing The Math report. 100Kin10 brings together over 280 top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over 10 years.

100Kin10’s Spotlight section identifies organizations and models currently working to better equip elementary teachers to enable authentic and joyful math learning for all students. TeachingWorks was highlighted in this section for their work to advance skillful elementary mathematics teaching that disrupts injustice in classrooms.

The report states that TeachingWorks hopes to continue extending their reach in developing usable materials and online learning opportunities that draw on their deep engagement in actual teaching and learning. In the future, they also hope to build their mathematics laboratory classes to be a sustainable form of professional development that includes tailored follow-up with participants. They aim for these classes to be a resource for teacher preparation, policymaking, and public communication about mathematics instruction and learning.

Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Co-Founder and Executive Director of 100kIn10, highlighted TeachingWorks in her Forbes column titled “Can math be joyful?.” Her article described various organizations across the country who are working to instill a love of and joy for math in children.

Milgrom-Elcott named TeachingWorks to be among the “bright spots around the country… that have created change within existing systems, creating a blueprint for others to build on in their own environments.” TeachingWorks, she said, “partners with teacher preparation programs to offer professional development to teacher prep faculty (many of whom are elementary mathematics methods course instructors).”

Regarding 100Kin10’s Doing the Math report, she stated, “Distilling all the learning from the report leads us to see that if the diverse players in the education landscape work together in coordinated, sustained ways on the foundational math ecosystem, and especially the catalyst factors, we could create a very different learning and teaching experience for elementary teachers. If we did that, students’ interest in, love for, and success with math would soar, too.”

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