Number of students we have reached in over 34 of the United States and territories.
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Number of partners in Northern and Southern California.
Number of teachers we have helped develop their professional knowledge for teaching mathematics.
Just in Time Professional Development
The Curtis Center Just-In-Time sessions bring mathematics faculty together in course-alike groups throughout the year to further their development of the deep professional mathematical and pedagogical understandings required to engage students in rigorous and engaging mathematics, pursuing conceptual understanding, fluency, and authentic, culturally relevant application with equal intensity. Sessions include examination of Curtis Center model lessons specifically designed to foster student engagement in the Standards for Mathematical Practice around grade level mathematics. The approach is called "Just- In-Time" because sessions are custom designed to be in sync with the school or district's instructional sequence to facilitate maximal implementation.
Applied Mathematics Task Writing Course
A master class in writing meaningful real world mathematics problems for use in K-12 classrooms. In this online course, the UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching shares its experience authoring over 100 Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks and over 300 K-12 mathematics activities with teachers from around the country. Teachers collaborate with professional mathematicians and mathematics educators in the Curtis Center Task Development Protocol to author their own mathematics classroom activity. From identifying engaging, accessible bridging contexts to final edit and rubric development based on analysis of micro-pilot data gleaned from their own students, teachers learn how to design tasks that engage students in culturally relevant and creative problem solving and justification.
Observation and Coaching
The UCLA Curtis Center’s coaching service engages classroom teachers in one-on-one coaching with a Curtis Center Mathematics Specialist that is focused on classroom implementation of a Just-In- Time lesson. Coaching sessions aim to facilitate teacher engagement of students in the mathematics practice standards and in the content standards for the course they teach. Teachers will implement a Just- In-Time lesson with a non-evaluative observer in the room using the Observation Protocol to note evidence of student learning of the mathematics of the lesson. The teacher will then analyze the observers Observation Protocol notes and student work from the Just- In-Time lesson together with a Curtis Center Mathematics Specialist to assess student learning relative to the lesson event.
Scope and Sequence Design
The UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching can work with your mathematics faculty to further align your current Scope and Sequence to the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. This work normally includes: removing content superfluous to the Common Core Standards, adding in missing standards content, and reordering standards with an eye towards mathematical and pedagogical integrity. This process normally results in deeper faculty understanding of the intended meaning of the standards, an improvement in each course's mathematical “flow”, and content sequencing more in tuned to student motivation.
Collaborative Lesson Research
The UCLA Curtis Center’s Collaborative Lesson Research (CLR) professional development engages K-12 mathematics faculty in a multi-step process to improve mathematics teaching practices in the classroom. Curtis Center specialists trained in Teaching Through Problem-Solving (TTP) and CLR engage a team of teachers and administrators in one cycle of CLR by facilitating:
1. assessment data review to select the mathematical focus of the lesson,
2. development of a lesson research question for the CLR,
3. creation of a TPP-style lesson,
4. the public teaching of the lesson, and
5. post discussion & reflection on the lesson.
The UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching can provide highly customized services to our partner's needs. To provide this level of customization, we have built a team with experience teaching in a variety of school settings; serving on a variety of state and national panels; and experience authoring K-12 and adult curriculum, as well as formative and summative assessments. As part of UCLA’s dedication to civic engagement, we aim to intertwine our expertise with those of your mathematics faculty and school leadership for the betterment of all our children.
AMMP Professional Development
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Algebra 1 Challenge, The Applied Mathematics Mentorship Program (AMMP) was created to better support students who have been historically marginalized in math, including Black and Latino students, student who speak a language other than English, and students affected by poverty in the United States. AMMP is a partnership between the UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics & Teaching, UCLA mathematicians, South LA aerospace engineers, conservation technologists, UCLA graduate and undergraduate students, and local middle and high schools to increase Black and Latino/a motivation in mathematics by positioning them as doers and creators of mathematics as they carry out a university-like research investigation of a currently relevant and authentic applied mathematics question.
AMMP professional development brings mathematics faculty together in course-alike groups to prepare them to implement the AMMP research investigations with students. Course alike investigation topics are: The Impact of Heat Islands in My Community (G7), The Spread of Covid-19 in my Community (G8), and South Los Angeles Aerospace Investigations (G9). Lessons in these investigations are specifically designed to foster student engagement in the Standards for Mathematical Practice around grade level mathematics.