April 1, 2004
The Mathematics for All Project is a collaborative effort between Bank Street College of Education and Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology. The goal of this project is to develop case-based professional development materials to better prepare teachers for supporting individual students, including students with disabilities, within a standards-based mathematics curriculum. The project focuses on general and special education teachers at the elementary level (grades K-6). Four major objectives guide this work:
- Development of Cases and Learning Experiences. Teacher educators from Bank Street's Graduate School, in collaboration with staff members from CCT, are developing five professional development modules. Each module will consists of at least two three-hour multimedia case studies of teaching events involving students with disabilities in mathematics classrooms and activities to guide user interactions with the case materials. A facilitator guidebook also will accompany each module to support teacher educators in the integration of the materials into preservice teacher education courses and in-service professional development programs.
- Implementation and Pilot-Testing. Project staff are implementing and pilot-testing the case materials in several preservice and in-service teacher education courses at Bank Street College and revising them based on the results of the pilot tests.
- External Evaluation and Field-Test. An external evaluator is documenting the case development process and will field-test the modules in a variety of different preservice and in-service teacher education programs to document their impact on teachers' knowledge, skill, and classroom practices.
- Publication and Dissemination. The project team will publish the modules and broadly disseminate them to a national audience of teacher educators utilizing dissemination vehicles such as workshops, online courses, and presentations.
In this report, we describe in more detail the progress made toward each of these objectives during the first project year and the 10-month pilot phase that preceded the project.