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Guide to Mathematics Coaching, A

  • Title:A Guide to Mathematics Coaching: Processes for Increasing Student Achievement
  • Author:Ted Hull, Don Balka, Ruth Harbin Miles
  • Publication Date:July 2009
  • ISBN:9781412972642
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Discover how effective coaching relationships add up to improved mathematics teaching and learning!

Math coaches play a vital role in strengthening math instruction and learning in schools. However, without a collegial relationship with the teachers they are trying to help, it is difficult to foster productive collaborations that lead to better teaching practice and increased student achievement. This resource helps coaches confidently clarify, define, and fulfill their role as influential mathematics leaders.

Based on principles established by NCTM and NCSM, this volume features a three-part process for engaging teachers in building high-quality, equitable mathematics programs. The chapters help coaches effectively:

  • Collaborate with teachers to align and implement curriculum that positively impacts student learning and achievement
  • Build trust and rapport with hesitant or resistant teachers
  • Develop collegial partnerships for planning, analyzing, and reflecting on instruction
  • Support and sustain individual and institutional change

Filled with numerous vignettes to illustrate coaching practices and strategies to move teachers toward more effective instructional models, A Guide to Mathematics Coaching is an essential companion for transforming mathematics classrooms.

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Author Bio

Ted H. Hull completed 32 years of service in public education before retiring and opening Hull Educational Consulting. He served as a mathematics teacher, K-12 mathematics coordinator, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and a project director for the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. While at the University of Texas, 2001 to 2005, he directed the research project “Transforming Schools: Moving from Low-Achieving to High Performing Learning Communities.” As part of the project, Hull worked directly with district leaders, school administrators, and teachers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas to develop instructional leadership skills and implement effective mathematics instruction. Hull is a regular presenter at local, state, and national meetings. He is an active member of Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics (TASM) and served on the NCSM Board of Directors as regional director for Southern 2.

Don S. Balka, Ph.D., is a noted mathematics educator who has presented more than 2,000 workshops on the use of math manipulatives with PK-12 students at national and regional conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and at in-service trainings in school districts throughout the United States and the world. He has served as a director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. In addition, he is president of TODOS: Mathematics for All and president of the School Science and Mathematics Association.

Ruth Harbin Miles coaches elementary and middle school rural, suburban, and inner city teachers and leaders. She specializes in developing teachers' content knowledge and instructional strategies for engaging students to achieve high standards in mathematics. Ruth is a Corwin Mathematics consultant.

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