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The Principal as Mathematics Leader



January 2009 | 128 pages | Corwin
This book is written to help school leaders support mathematics education in schools. It is for both new administrators, principals, assistant/vice principals, or instructional leaders who do not have a strong background in mathematics education as well as for math coaches and the experienced mathematics leader. It provides a concise summary and overview of research about the changes in mathematics education; discusses the principalÆs role in leading effective mathematics instruction; offers strategies for observing and evaluating mathematics instruction in classrooms; provides suggestions for supporting faculty, including co-teaching and job embedded professional learning initiatives; and includes tools and templates school leaders can use in their work with faculty.
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
1. A Vision for Learning Mathematics
Mathematics Reform

 
Teacher Change in Mathematics

 
Teachers? Attitudes and Perceptions About Mathematics Teaching and Learning

 
Teachers? Understanding of Mathematics Content and Pedagogy

 
The Principal?s Role

 
 
2. Observing and Evaluating a Mathematics Classroom
Identifying Teacher Practices in Exemplary Mathematics Classrooms

 
Problem Solving

 
Mathematics Manipulatives

 
A Balanced Program

 
Technology

 
Literature Connections

 
Assessment and Evaluation

 
The Principal?s Role

 
 
3. What Can Principals Do?
Gap Analysis

 
Schoolwide Mathematics Improvement Plan

 
Supporting Teacher Growth and Development

 
High-Yield Strategies

 
Professional Learning Communities or Teams

 
Job-Embedded Learning

 
Co-Teaching

 
Teacher Moderation: Collaborative Assessment of Student Work

 
Lesson Study

 
Book Study

 
Other Strategies

 
 
4. Tools for Success
Resources

 
Memberships

 
Books

 
Mathematics Manipulatives

 
Worldwide Web Resources

 
Math Puzzles and Bulletin Boards

 
Mathematics Buddies

 
School Homework Club and Peer Tutoring

 
Math Clubs

 
Mathematics Pictures and Video Recordings

 
Mathematics Fairs and Career Days

 
Home and School Connections

 
 
Principal Resources
Resource 1: OAME Vision Statement

 
Resource 2: Observing and Evaluating a Mathematics Classroom

 
Resource 3: Gap Analysis: The Effective Mathematics Classroom

 
Resource 4: Children?s Books With Mathematics Themes

 
 
References
 
Index

“This series of publications addresses some of the most important improvement challenges facing school leaders today. The authors of the series bring a remarkable combination of deep, practical experience and academic sophistication to these challenges. The series should be required reading for all school leaders.”

Ken Leithwood, Professor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

“At last, a series of outstanding books by practicing administrators, for practicing principals. Avoiding high-flown theory on the one hand and mere lists of bullet points on the other, these books represent the best that highly expert leaders have to offer—intellectually informed ideas about how to deal with the compelling practical issues of principalship. Getting down from the ivory tower and stepping out of the principal’s office, these authors offer some of the most important and useful books about leadership that principals can buy.”

Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education
Boston College

“This series of little volumes offers a plethora of rich ideas ranging from practice and specific methods right down to easy-to-use worksheets. It provides a valuable resource for new principals who would become accomplished instructional leaders and also for seasoned principals looking to strengthen their leadership capacity.”

Roland S. Barth, Former Teacher and Principal
Founding Director, Harvard Principals’ Center

“This is a great series that allows school principals to integrate theory and practice themselves, resulting in highly insightful and practical strategies that will make a difference in schools. Practitioners: lead thyselves!”

Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1. A Vision for Learning Mathematics


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