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"The fact that, for the first time, the U.S. has what is essentially a national curriculum, equivalent in quality to what is found in the highest scoring countries in the world, means that the focus of leadership can finally shift from arguing about what math to teach, to how best to teach the agreed upon content to all students."
--Steven Leinwand

Providing effective leadership for school mathematics programs is particularly challenging in an era of both ambitious Common Core State Standards and unprecedented pressure to raise mathematics achievement. In this updated edition of the bestselling Sensible Mathematics, Steve Leinwand provides principals, teacher leaders, math coaches and administrators with specific guidance on how to make the necessary shifts in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development to meet and exceed the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Even more important, he shows us why these changes are so urgently needed if we truly are to prepare students to become mathematical thinkers in a 21st century world.

Making these critical shifts requires strong, clear, and effective leadership. Sensible Mathematics serves as a guiding light through the sea of change and provides a broad array of practical strategies for implementing the standards, as well as how-to game plans for overcoming obstacles and challenges. Other topics of discussion include:

  • Making the case for change: strategies, ammunition, and compelling examples
  • 10 characteristics of sensible, sense-making mathematics
  • Math Coaches: how to recruit the best and support their efforts
  • Intervention: providing effective support services
  • Technology and instruction: providing access for teachers and students
  • 15 key components of a high performance mathematics program
  • Success stories: school leaders who made a difference

Sensible Mathematics is a call-to-arms for positive, realistic change that empowers teachers and prepares students for our changing world. Make a difference-move your school mathematics program into the 21st century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325043821
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 669,196
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Leinwand is the author of the bestselling Heinemann title Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement. He is Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., where he supports a range of mathematics education initiatives and research. Steve served as Mathematics Supervisor in the Connecticut Department of Education for twenty-two years and is a former president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
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Table of Contents


Change Requires Leadership vi

Chaptfr 1 The Math Leader's Domains of Responsibility 1

Chaptfr 2 Making the Case for Change: Strategies and Compelling Examples 9

Chapter 3 Responding to These Changes: What to Expect and Advocate 25

Chapter 4 Building Sensible, Sense-Making Mathematics: What to Encourage and Implement 44

Chapter 5 Pulling It All Together: Glimpses of What We Should See 63

Chaptfr 6 Recognizing and Overcoming Obstacles: Insights and Practical Strategies 76

Chapter 7 Changing the System: Assuring Quality of Program Components 86

Conclusion: Critical Lessons Learned Along the Way 100


It's Time to Abandon Computational Drudgery (But Not the Computation) 104

Moving Mathematics Out of Mediocrity 107

Four Teacher-Friendly Postulates for Thriving in a Sea of Change 110

What the World Needs Now: Math TLCs 113

Changing the System 120

Making Math Commonplace and Real for Our Children 122

Giving Students the Benefit of the Doubt 124

Characteristics of Excellence 126

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