Bank Street Faculty Launch Math for AllPosted by Nick Gray on April 23, 2013
Bank Street math faculty launch Math for All: Video Case-based Professional Development Kits for Teacher Development
On Monday, April 22, Bank Street College of Education and Corwin Press launched Math for All at an event celebrating the product at the College. Math for All helps teachers implement standards-based math lessons that meet the varied needs of today’s diverse student body.
At the event, Virginia Roach, Dean of the Graduate School, lauded the program as a major contribution from Bank Street's faculty. Barbara Dubitsky, Marvin Cohen, Hal Melnick, and Linda Metnetsky teach in Bank Street's Math Leadership program, and co-authored Math for All.
The program enhances the preparation of general and special education teachers to promote math success for each learner, including students with disabilities.
Developed by Bank Street and the Education Development Center (EDC), the first release of the program included all the materials needed to offer effective professional development for teachers in grades 3 to 5. Now the publisher, Corwin Press, has issued an additional package of materials and resources for teachers in Kindergarten to 2nd grade classrooms.
Math for All includes a facilitator’s guide with companion DVDs and a corresponding book with materials and handouts, showing both general and special education teachers ways to collaborate to provide a high-quality, standards-based mathematics education. Schools and districts can use the program to increase the expertise of their teachers and enable them to offer workshops for colleagues, eliminating the need to hire outside consultants for the job.
“This program helps teachers assess students’ individual strengths and needs, and also tailor lessons using different instructional strategies to teach specific math concepts,” said lead author Babette Moeller of EDC. “We provide step-by-step guidance for adapting materials, activities, and instructional strategies to make lessons accessible to all students.”
Math for All participants work within a team to develop math lessons that are accessible to all students. The program consists of five workshops during which teachers engage in an ongoing process of problem solving, decision making, and reflection. There is rarely one single approach that will work for all students.
Marvin Cohen, co-author of Math for All and a faculty member at Bank Street, notes, “at Bank Street, we are always looking for ways to effectively integrate theory with practice. Teacher feedback confirms that Math for All succeeds on that measure by bringing together mathematics and special education in an accessible, easy-to-implement format.”
Learn more about the program, and order Math for All, at Corwin Press.