Addition to the Classroom: With Undertrained Elementary Teachers,
More Schools Turn to Specialists (Nov. 6, 2008 Washington
Post) by Michael Alison Chandler
elementary schools are turning to math specialists or coaches
to add expertise to a teaching workforce dominated by generalists
who, studies show, are vastly under-prepared in math.
is Leading Math Charge (Sept. 1, 2008, The Huntsville Times)
by Pat Newcomb
Haley James has a mission as the math coach at Madison
Crossroads Elementary: make it fun and boost test scores. The
math scores are definitely up, and from a recent lesson, it
seems the kids like math. A group of fifth-graders in Diane
Marsh's class were animated and paying attention as James led
through them through algebra equations.
Matters: Cultivating "Specialists" in Elementary
Math (May 6, 2009 Education Week Blog) by Sean Cavanaugh
Now a new effort is underway is create a cadre
of math “specialists” at the elementary level. It’s
part of a program at McDaniel College, in Maryland, being led
by Francis M. “Skip” Fennell, the former president
of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
K-5 Math Specialists: The Ohio Project (Videocast)
Brad Findell (Ohio Department of Education), Patti Brosnan and Diana Erchick (The Ohio State University), share background on and the guiding principles of the P-6 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement, The Mathematics Coaching Program, and the CLI Mathematics Specialist Program.
Specialists Roam South Dakota to Help Elementary Teachers (Oct.
28, 2008 Education Week) by Sean Cavanaugh
Roxane M. Dyk’s office is located in the town
of Platte, in South Dakota, though in reality, her office is
her car. Ms. Dyk estimates she’s spent three out of every
four days this fall on the road, putting 1,200 miles on her
2001 Dodge Stratus over a recent 10-day period. Ms. Dyk is not
making sales calls—she’s visiting schools. She’s
one of several roving mathematics specialists who work
with the state to provide training to elementary teachers,
a group of educators who often need considerable help in
General Assembly Senate Joint Resolution No. 428 (Offered Feb,
Agreed to by the House and Senate that the Board of Education
will include the mathematics specialist endorsement in the Licensure
Regulations for School Personnel.