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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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Some Help Hurts: Our Responsibility to Our Students
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew A student joined my class in the middle of April and told me she absolutely had to achieve her high school equivalency by the end of June. “I can. I must. I will,” she said to me. She is willing to do whatever it takes – get a tutor, watch videos about … Continue reading Some Help Hurts: Our Responsibility to Our Students
Calculator Use in Adult Education
by Melissa Braaten Calculators are something that both teachers and students seem to have strong opinions about. Some cling to them like a magical tool that will solve all of their math woes, while others blame them for the decline in mathematical fluency. I don’t find either of these attitudes helpful. A calculator can be … Continue reading Calculator Use in Adult Education

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.