The Rodel Foundation of Arizona (Rodel) and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) are partnering to bring a highly effective professional development initiative focused on improving elementary-level math teaching and learning to districts throughout Maricopa County.
MATH 20/20 creates sustainable, district-wide improvement by developing educators’ mathematical content knowledge and their understanding of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) for math. The program breaks new ground in providing educators with an authentic solution to effectively implement the new standards in their own classrooms.
“Bringing MATH 20/20 to school districts throughout Maricopa County is consistent with MCESA’s collaborative approach to providing solutions to education’s toughest challenges,” said Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools. “Developing math content knowledge among elementary school teachers is one of those challenges. Now, with a higher bar set by Arizona’s new standards, the challenge has become more urgent. We think MATH 20/20 is the gold standard for professional development for this cohort of teachers.”
“At Rodel, we believe that the shift represented by MATH 20/20 will provide teachers the support they need to transform their teaching to incorporate Arizona’s new standards and provide their students with a deeper understanding of math concepts,” said Jackie Norton, President & CEO of Rodel. “Partnering with MCESA is the ideal way to take this new approach to scale in Maricopa County.”
Rodel hopes to enter into similar partnerships with Arizona’s four other Regional Education Service and Support Centers so that MATH 20/20 will be available statewide. The best practices of Rodel’s successful MAC-Ro Math Initiative are embedded in MATH 20/20, so MAC-Ro will no longer be offered as a stand-alone program after this school year.
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit www.rodelaz.org.