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Early Mathematics Task Force

Convening and Membership

The Early Mathematics Task Force was convened in February 2017 by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) General Education Leadership Network (GELN), an organization of directors of education services from 56 ISDs across Michigan. Launched in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, the Early Mathematics Task Force includes representation from PreK-12, ISDs, and educational organizations including:

MI Association of Mathematics Teachers of EducationMAISA Early Childhood Administrators’ Network MI Association of School AdministratorsMAISA General Education Leadership Network MI Council of Teachers of MathematicsMAISA Mathematics Leadership Team MI Department of EducationMI Assessment ConsortiumMI Elementary and Middle School Principals Association MI Association of Computer Users in LearningMI Mathematics and Science Center Network

In addition, the task force includes several Michigan-based educators from institutes of higher education: Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan Dearborn, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

For a complete roster of Early Mathematics Task Force members, click here.

Task Force Leadership

The task force is led by co-chairs Kathy Peasley, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Gratiot-Isabella ISD, and Dana Gosen, Ph.D., Oakland Schools. The pair bring over 45 years of combined educational experience as well as strong school-based and academic experiences.

Vision for Task Force

  • Create a cohesive direction for mathematics education in Michigan

  • Develop a common understanding of how to strengthen early mathematics instruction across the state

  • Inform practice, professional learning, school improvement plans

  • Enhance existing instruction

Immediate Goals

  • Create a high functioning stakeholder task force

  • Support the task force in establishing and executing goals and strategies

  • Strengthen the focus on strong core instruction

  • Inform mathematics teaching and learning practices

  • Provide leaders with knowledge and skills to connect this work with continuous improvement

 

Engagement in Dialogue, Learning, and Development

The group has engaged in dialogue regarding significant issues in mathematics teaching and learning in Michigan. It has also engaged in shared learning with focused on NCTM Principles to Actions. The April meeting will focus on learning about equity and access in mathematics. The group is developing a theory of action and identifying strategies to implement the theory, ultimately creating and/or making available tools that will support teaching and learning of mathematics.

For additional information, contact Joanne E. Hopper, Ed.D, Director, General Education Leadership Network, jhopper@gomasa.org or 989-574-6519