An EDC team has launched a free website that offers middle school mathematics teachers proven strategies to promote English learners’ mathematics proficiency. The website, Mathematical Thinking: Supports for English Language Learners, draws upon findings from a five-year research and development project, Fostering Mathematics Success in English Language Learners, led by Mark Driscoll (at left) and Dan Heck of Horizon Research, Inc. and funded by the National Science Foundation. “We are excited to provide teachers with this new online hub of tools and instructional strategies and we will continue to upgrade and expand the website,” Driscoll said. Right now, the website offers 14 mathematics tasks and related language tools including warm-ups, sentence starters and frames, word charts, and Spanish translations. Teachers can download or print all 14 tasks and related resources. Learn more about this work:
- Mark Driscoll weighs in on the importance of giving mathematics teachers tools and strategies to support English learners in the Education Week article, "Common Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English Learners."
- View a recording of Mark Driscoll presenting in the Education Week webinar, "The Language of Math: The Common Core and English Learners. Note: This archived webinar is free, but you must register to view it.
- Read a related blog post by Johannah Nikula, "Supporting English Learners in the Mathematics Classroom," and read an article about the project that led to the new website.
- Join Mark Driscoll, Johannah Nikula, and 32 other EDC mathematics experts at the upcoming 2015 NCTM/NCSM Annual Conferences in Boston, Mass. Mark and Johannah will present the session, "The Many Faces of Diagrams – Supporting Mathematical Reasoning and Communication for All Students."
- Explore our efforts to ensure Equal Access to Quality Mathematics Experiences and find out more about all of our Mathematics work.
Last Updated: February 2015