Mathematics

Collaborate Alongside the Kent ISD Math Team!

Kent ISD's Math Team promotes true partnerships, so students learn to explore, play, and develop a deep understanding of math content. Our relationship-based approach provides resources, professional learning, and customized opportunities to meet your district's needs.

Kent ISD Math Team's Values: a set of inclusive principles that guide our work.
(based on Early Math Essential Values)

  • Developing positive, robust math identities

  • Embracing social differences as assets to learning and doing mathematics

  • Expanding the meaning of mathematics: a broad, creative, collaborative discipline based on sense-making and problem-solving

  • Children learn mathematics in different ways toward the same ends

  • Teaching practices that value and honor children's humanity


Innovative Learning and Leadership

We foster collaborative partnerships between administrators, teachers, and staff who are ready to explore their next steps in providing our students with high-quality, equitable mathematics instruction. Our Math Team empowers educators with models, strategies, evidence-based resources, and research to discover and enhance all math teaching and learning aspects. We dedicate ourselves to building your confidence and capabilities while creating a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can try something new and take risks without feeling judged. With the Kent ISD Math Team, we can work together to achieve our goals and unlock the joy of learning math, inspiring and motivating our students and educators alike!


Math Services and Supports

The Kent ISD Math Team provides a range of services and supports to help your district unleash its full potential in mathematics. Our team of seasoned educators can assist you with everything from resource adoptions to planning implementation to coordinating professional learning, ensuring that you can maximize the effectiveness of your math programs.

Math Professional Learning Opportunities

Our professional learning approach goes beyond traditional "sit-and-get" methods of PD. We offer collaborative opportunities for educators to connect, focus on relevant topics and experiment. Our goal is to support your growth by providing meaningful opportunities for professional conversations and activities. We strive to form a supportive network of educators to learn from each other and improve student outcomes through collaboration and reflection.

 

State Representation in Math Education

The Kent ISD Math Team aims to be your district's voice in math education at the state level. We are proud representatives of your district in multiple organizations (i.e. Early Math Task Force, MAISA, and more). Your opinions matter to us, and we want to ensure that you have a say in important decisions regarding math education. We communicate your feedback to the affiliated organizations so that they can make improvements based on your input. Being a member of our community means we can keep you updated with the latest news and information regarding math education.

Math Updates and News

February 7, 2024
Guiding Sustainable Learning: Empowering Educators for Powerful Impact
“Powerful learning for children requires powerful learning for educators.”  -GELN Organizational Practices Values  Stop and...
August 29, 2023
A New Vision for Math: Equity and Inclusion through the Michigan Early Math Essentials
Do you have any memorable experiences from your preK-12 math classes? What specifically stands out to you? How did those...

Learning Trajectories: Learn about the steps children typically take to learn math by exploring learning trajectories. Each topic is broken down into levels, or steps, children take on their path to being strong mathematicians.

Early Math Essentials: These Essentials seek to promote high-quality, equitable teaching and learning for children in the discipline of mathematics. Research suggests that these eight practices have a significant potential to positively affect children's learning of mathematics. The long-term goal is that this document will prompt shifts in systems, learning, teaching, and assessment so that teach and every child develops strong mathematical understanding, skills, dispositions and identities.

Disciplinary Literacy Essentials: Expert research suggests that 10 sets of practices outlined in this document can have a positive impact on both literacy development and conceptual learning of content. The consistent use of these practices in every Michigan classroom can make a measurable, positive difference in student learning and improve the state's literacy achievement.

NCTM Position StatementsNCTM position statements define a particular problem, issue, or need and describe its relevance to mathematics education. These statements address important and timely policy issues relevant to mathematics education. They rest on the foundation provided by Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Principles to Actions and research, and address issues that extend beyond the classroom.

Achieve the Core: Find the connections between the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

2022-2023 Math Professional Learning Fast Facts

166 Educators Attended 4 Virtual and In-person Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunities
19 Districts and PSA's in Kent County, and Educators from 7 Additional Counties in Michigan Participated in Math Professional Learning
2,498.5 SCECHs Earned by 124 Educators
3,162 Hours of Training

Math Team

Marcus Deja

Math Consultant

Sammi TenHave

Math Consultant

Kelli Vansetters

Math Consultant