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Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice

  • Title:Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice: A Guide for K-8 Math Educators
  • Author:Amy Morse
  • Publication Date:April 2009
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781412971065
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Given the current demands of a math teaching practice, this case-based resource helps math coaches, prospective coaches, and administrators develop their knowledge of math content, hone their coaching skills, and enhance their ability to provide professional development for teachers in Grades K–8.

Field-tested in a number of school districts nationwide, this concise guide presents authentic accounts of coaching practice, dilemmas, and insights. The cases, written by practicing math coaches, emphasize developing a deep understanding of mathematics, analyzing students' ideas and teachers' beliefs about learning, and cultivating teacher learning and growth. Amy Morse provides:

  • Math activities that strengthen a coach's math content knowledge
  • Planning activities to support thoughtful coach-teacher interactions
  • A detailed facilitator's guide for staff developers leading professional development opportunities for math coaches, providing a detailed agenda, specific examples of participants' questions, and facilitator responses

Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice gives math leaders the tools to help teachers create quality math programs and bolster student achievement.

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Author Bio

Amy Morse is a national leader in designing and providing professional development for math coaches and district leaders responsible for coaching programs. In 1997, Amy joined Education Development Center where, as a project director, she works on teacher and coach development programs. In this capacity she worked for many years with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Elementary Math Department to design and facilitate the professional development for the district’s elementary math coaches. At present, she directs Professional Development for Math Coaching institutes for EDC’s Math Leadership program. Amy travels extensively, working as a consultant to school districts in various stages of implementing a math coaching strategy and is the director of the Center for the Professional Development of Coaching and Math Leadership at EDC.

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