Mathematically Connected Communities

This page describes the Institute’s different mathematics programs which┬ácollaborate to create increased student success in mathematics in New Mexico and nationally. Each program contributes in specific ways to building capacity for increasing mathematics achievement for all students in New Mexico.

Also be sure to keep up-to-date with NM Common Core Math Leadership Conferences and Workshops


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Mathematically-Connected Communities (MC2) is currently in its seventh year of operation and provides professional development in mathematics to teachers and administrators in partner school districts. The program provides technical assistance to districts to build student and teacher success in math.

MC2┬ápartners with the NM Public Education Department’s (PED) Mathematics and Science Bureau, UNM, WNMU, Highlands and ENMU. This program is funded by the PED with flow-through money from the U.S. Department of Education. Additional workshops and training are provided to districts and schools for reasonable fees.

For additional information email the Principal Investigators: Wanda Guzman, Lisa Matthews, Doug Kurtz, or Tom Gruska.

For more information, please visit the MC2 website.

What We Do

Provide high-quality summer academies led by mathematicians and educators with follow-up regional professional development; provide technical assistance to meet student learning needs.

How We Do It

Regional Managers facilitate assistance in their areas, and experienced math specialists work with partner districts to facilitate success in mathematics teaching and learning. Districts must become partners and contribute resources to join MC2.

Success

Highly-rated math academies. Strong math gains for under-represented students, especially when there is a district-wide commitment to math as exemplified in the following district partners: Espanola, Ruidoso, Gadsden, Hatch, and Las Cruces.


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Math Snacks addresses an analysis of 24,000 student test scores by the state showed consistent areas of difficulty for students in math.

Additional observations and teacher assessment led to the development of innovative videos, games, and tools designed to address specific gaps in mathematics knowledge.

This NSF funded grant has been in development for two years and will pilot test materials this year. Praise for Math Snacks here. Video interview here.

For more information contact Karin Wiburg or Barbara Chamberlin.

For more information, please visit the Math Snacks website.

What We Do

Carefully pick those areas of mathematics that are 1) challenging to learn 2) critical learning points in K-12 math and 3) can be taught well with technology. These math goals are then developed as technology-based Math Snacks.

How We Do It

We work collaboratively with the NMSU Learning Games Lab to test Math Snacks with students and partner teachers. Math Snacks games are tested in classrooms and at an annual Math Snacks camp. Random field trials of the developed materials will be undertaken in years 4 and 5.

Success

Many teachers, students, and parents enjoy using some of the developed Snacks to help their students learn mathematics. Data gathering and analysis to test effectiveness will begin this year.