This project will provide intensive support to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) to increase the number of Grades K–5 students who have access to effective mathematics teachers and leaders. Throughout this project, the Region 7 Comprehensive Center will work with the ALSDE by assessing current readiness for project implementation and assisting ALSDE to identify potential barriers and solutions for successful implementation of evidence-based practices. This project will support ALSDE to build on the momentum started in the state around mathematics practices implementation, capacity building, and coordination activities designed to promote and scale up effective mathematics practices and procedures.
To build state capacity to support local education agencies (LEAs) with effective mathematics instruction, key activities include:
- Determining state readiness to support LEAs with effective mathematics instruction using implementation science practices;
- Providing guidance and research in building an effective system of support to LEAs for building capacity in mathematics instruction, including a coaching framework;
- Collaborating with ALSDE in identifying evidence-based materials and resources geared to the specific needs of teachers and administrators to ensure effective instructional approaches are implemented in schools; and
- Collaborating with ALSDE in identifying barriers to successful mathematics support.
As a result, ALSDE will increase knowledge of effective math practices, implement an effective math coaching model with LEAs, and increase the number of Grades K–5 students proficient in math.