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Mathematics Specialists in Norfolk Public Schools

Abstract

"In a dramatic move in Summer 2004, the Norfolk City Public Schools (NCPS) allocated funds to place a full-time mathematics resource person in 33 of the district's 35 elementary schools. These teachers function in support of mathematics instruction by: building a presence for mathematics; working collaboratively with individual teachers and/or grade levels; supporting the administration in terms of improving the mathematics program at the building level; and, working with small groups of students on a regular basis. These are not "pullout" programs. The goal for this Teacher Leader program is to positively impact mathematics teaching and learning in the entire school. This step was the culmination of a evolutionary journey that began in 1990-91 with a Mathematics Lead Teacher program, Project Math Lead. In this article, we tell the story of the process and the vision behind it."

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