Math Mindset Movement

Math Interventions

Math Continuous Improvement Network for School Improvement

StrivePartnership, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting Cincinnati Public Schools efforts to build a Network for School Improvement in 8th grade math. The initiative will use continuous quality improvement practices to identify, test, and refine solutions that help improve outcomes among Black, Latino, and low-income students that are predicative of high school graduation and postsecondary success. The Network will measure its success based on the percent of students demonstrating 8th grade student ability on benchmarked math assessments aligned with high-quality curricula. This outcome is a priority because a 2014 review of student data from urban districts attending regional colleges and universities, nearly 67% required math remediation, twice that of English remediation. Statistically, only 33% of that group will then ultimately graduate. The work aligns with CPS’ commitment to significantly improve proficiency in 8th grade math and Algebra 1 and its district-wide implementation of continuous quality improvement practices. It is anticipated that the work will include other districts in the region’s urban core going forward.

Math Lab Pilot

StrivePartnership partnered with Shroder High School to create a math lab focused on targeted tutoring to address deficiencies in math fundamentals. The Math Lab, in its third year, works with 7th grade students that have been screened and identified using math tutoring pre-test. All 7th grade students are given a pre-test and a post-test to gauge the progress and growth of the students tutored. The use of targeted, student-level data and hands-on facilitation of tutors has helped close existing gaps in Basic Math Skills needed to master higher level math as students transition from 6th grade.

Math / Science Teacher Pipeline

This project included developing the framework, using national best practices, for a regional marketing campaign aimed at recruiting local high school students, particularly students of color from urban core schools, to pursue careers in teaching specifically in the math and science areas. The project enlisted school district hiring managers, teachers’ union representatives, college and university administrators, and chambers of commerce representatives to design a strategy going forward.

Math Teacher Instructional Improvement

StrivePartnership has collaborated with math curriculum leaders from CPS and Winton Woods City Schools, as well as math advocates, to develop a program to assist with math teacher instructional improvement. The project included planning a strategic session for 100-400 teachers to be held this fall using a professional development speaker who is an expert in creation of a “math mindset” among instructors. Learnings from the session will be reinforced through the implementation of “learning circles” to be held throughout the academic school year. A showcase of these collaborative learning efforts and the results they have produced will be held spring 2019.