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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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Teaching Math to ESOL Learners: A Reflection
For this installment we’re featuring a special guest blog by Sister Margaret Lanen of Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston (http://www.ndecboston.org) When I was asked to teach a math class once a week this year, I was most willing. I taught algebra, geometry and advanced math in high school for many years and thought … Continue reading Teaching Math to ESOL Learners: A Reflection
What Does It Mean for Math to Be Relevant to Adult Learners?
by Melissa Braaten When I am trying to prioritize my curriculum and to build buy-in from my students, I am always trying to think about how to make the math relevant to them. But what does relevance mean?  Is it relevant for someone to learn math that they might use someday in a career they … Continue reading What Does It Mean for Math to Be Relevant to Adult Learners?

Professional development

Our professional development programs and workshops are appropriate for teachers of all levels and experience – whether they have a strong math background or have some math anxiety of their own! Our goal is to inspire math learning with an emphasis on meaning. Our trainings provide opportunities for teachers to foster conceptual understanding, improve reasoning and justification skills, and to share experiences with peers. 

We can custom design our professional development for targeted, content-based workshops or help programs and states create initiatives that put in place a sustainable, long-term model to support both teachers and administrators. Learn more about the options by visiting Our Projects.

 

Consulting

ANC staff are experienced at helping programs and states implement best practices while ensuring their curricula are aligned with frameworks, and can operate within system mandates. Our recent work has focused on assisting programs to align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education based on Common Core Math Practices.

We also offer support in adapting both traditional math content and specialized content for a range of audiences, including learners with limited literacy and numeracy skills.

Custom curricular materials development

The ANC has developed curricular materials for specific audiences and purposes. For example, Statistics for Action materials were created to help environmental organizers and citizens in affected communities to understand and communicate data about toxic issues.

In another example, ANC staff are working with health educators on materials for adults with diabetes. Researchers at the University of Colorado in Denver are implementing and examining the efficacy of increasing numeracy as a means to help diabetes patients achieve better health outcomes.

Research

The work of the ANC is informed by the body of available research on adult learning, adults use of math in and out of school, and on children’s mathematical thinking development.

ANC staff members take a research-based approach to development projects, collaborating with educators, partners, and evaluators. We collect data on what works and revise accordingly. We report on changes of teachers and learners in accordance with the project’s design and goals. In recent projects ANC staff have worked closely with external evaluators to document the impact on teachers and others.