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Math 20/20 engages teachers and school leaders by taking a systemic approach to transforming the teaching and learning of math based on Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics.
The unique combination of grade-level specific professional learning for teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators is accompanied by ongoing implementation coaching and student materials to offer school districts the opportunity to embed quality mathematics teaching into the system’s culture.
In partnership with Arizona’s Regional Service Centers, Math 20/20 seeks to transform the quality of math education throughout Arizona.
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The Need and Our Approach

The pressure to improve student performance has never been greater. Teachers need the tools, strategies and support to teach for results.

Math 20/20 focuses on grade-level cohorts across a district to thoroughly implement math-specific content and pedagogy for that grade level. It also equips leaders to support teachers in implementing a transformative vision for teaching math.
Math 20/20 grade level courses include:
  • Components for all district and school leadership
  • 50 hours of professional learning for all teachers and teacher leaders
  • 8 hours of professional learning for district and site-based leaders
Implementation Coaching includes:
  • Sustainable model that maintains the progress of teachers and teacher leaders
  • Classroom coaching for teachers and leaders
  • Workshops and seminars for teachers and leaders
System Excellence  

Math 20/20 features grade-level specific professional learning for all teachers involved in the program.

During the initial professional learning course, teachers participate in six full-day workshops during the school year that include:
  • Deep examination of grade-level content standards
  • Integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Discussions and activities that develop specific mathematical content knowledge and related pedagogical implications
  • Implementation of classroom tasks and analysis of student work

Curriculum and Resources

Math 20/20 incorporates customized features that include the use of district curriculum documents, such as pacing guides and curriculum maps.
It also integrates well with district-adopted math resources and makes connections to teacher evaluation pedagogy.

A Focus on Teachers


In the Math 20/20 grade level courses, teachers gain in-depth knowledge of math-specific content and pedagogy while learning how best to integrate district components with their new learning.


Professional Reading

Teachers study John Van de Walle’s Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics to support mathematical content knowledge and application. They gain critical skills needed to notice, analyze and respond to students’ thinking and performance.

Content Planning

Teachers engage in activities that directly transfer to classroom practice. This includes grade level discussions focused on integration of newly learned strategies. Teachers use these resources with the “Mining Mat” to identify ways to achieve effective implementation.

Evaluation Instrument

The district teacher evaluation instrument is directly linked to mathematical pedagogy. This ensures participants know how the pedagogy connects to district expectations and how to facilitate learning through critical thinking, questioning and student academic conversations.


During all sessions, teachers engage in activities focused on standards-based learning, allowing time to anticipate student strategies. Teachers also rehearse the pedagogy that guides student learning and learn how to better analyze student thinking and misconceptions.

A Focus on Leaders

A Focus On Leaders

During the initial grade level course, principals and other leaders examine their roles as math leaders. This supports research that states effective learning environments require that principals and other leaders possess the skill necessary to promote and support meaningful mathematics teaching and learning (NCTM, 2012).

Every leader must be equipped with the supervisory skills to ensure their teachers can make quality mathematics accessible to all students.This requires exposure to and practice with tools that assist leaders to monitor and coach their teachers in standards-based mathematics and give attention to both the content standards and mathematical practices as they pertain to their evaluation system.The Math 20/20 leadership support system includes two district-level planning sessions and four administrator professional development sessions.
PD Session In two district planning sessions, district leaders and the Math 20/20 facilitator collaboratively design effective Math 20/20 learning opportunities for teachers and site leaders.Later, a series of four, two-hour sessions that align with the time frame of the teacher workshops, will ensure your leadership team has mastered the Math 20/20 workshop content.

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Contact Information

Contact the STEM and Standards Coordinator, Darcy Moody

Last Modified on May 26, 2016