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An Addition to the Classroom: With Undertrained Elementary Teachers, More Schools Turn to Specialists (Nov. 6, 2008 Washington Post) by Michael Alison Chandler
Many 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.

Coach 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.

Curriculum 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.

Math 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 that subject.

Virginia General Assembly Senate Joint Resolution No. 428 (Offered Feb, 24, 2005)
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.

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