Utah Leads the Way to Improve Mathematics Teaching and Learning

What is mathematics?_Diana Suddreth_Utah State Office of Education

Diana Suddreth, Secondary Mathematics Specialist, Utah State Office of Education

Utah’s implementation of the Common Core, and the adoption of the integrated model of mathematics, are leading the way nationally in efforts to improve mathematics teaching and learning.

Diana Suddreth is the secondary mathematics specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She can be reached at diana.suddreth@schools.utah.gov or at 801-538-7500.

On Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, more than 400 mathematics teachers met at Matheson Junior High School in the Granite School District for an opportunity to learn more about quality teaching in mathematics.

On Friday night, Cathy Seeley, former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics gave the keynote address “Connecting the Common Threads—Utah Leads the Way.” Dr. Seeley’s message to Utah teachers focused on how Utah’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and the adoption of the integrated model of mathematics, are leading the way nationally in efforts to improve mathematics teaching and learning.

Teachers then engaged in nearly fifty workshops on a variety of topics, from “What Does Mathematical Understanding Look Like?” to “Visualizing Singapore Math” and “Developing Relational Thinking Through Geometric Reasoning.” Many sessions focused on teaching the Common Core and engaged teachers in thinking about how to improve instruction to meet the rigors of the new core. Teachers expressed excitement in the challenges and opportunities offered in the changes to the mathematics curriculum and hope for continued opportunities for learning and networking.

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2 comments to Utah Leads the Way to Improve Mathematics Teaching and Learning

  • Diana Suddreth

    I failed to mention that the conference was sponsored by the Utah Council of Mathematics, an organization representing mathematics educators throughout Utah, with a reputation for great support of teachers through professional development and networking over many, many years. My apologies to UCTM for not getting that into the article.

  • Jennifer Dustin

    I’m teaching CCSS 1 this year and I am struggling finding resources to assist in the classroom. Where can I locate the resources for teaching this class? I feel like I am starting from scratch with every lesson.