Slide 1 
VirginiaÕs Mathematics
Specialists: Building from Past Initiatives 
NSF: VQUEST Lead Teacher Program  
SCHEV Eisenhower Professional Development Grant Projects  
ExxonMobil Leadership Projects  
Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition Task Force  
Strong Statewide Collaboration 
Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition  
Virginia Institutes of Higher Education  
Virginia Department of Education  
Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics  
Virginia Council of Supervisors of Mathematics 
Overarching purpose for Mathematics Specialists 
To increase the mathematics achievement of all the students in their schools.  
What Mathematics Specialists Do 
Provide leadership and content expertise for practice  
based and jobembedded professional development  
Collaborate with schoolbased administrators to  
coordinate the schoolÕs mathematics program  
Coplan and coteach with classroom teachers  
Coach teachers  
Mentor novice teachers  
Collaborate to assess student learning and to plan  
for remediation or extension  
Facilitate parent workshops  
Classroom TeacherÕs Quote 
ÒI think of a Math Specialist not so much as a resource but as a mentor. I am being coached on math delivery. This is my first year teaching Investigations. Without the Math resource teacher, I honestly would be fumbling.Ó  
5^{th} Grade Teacher 2006 
Classroom TeacherÕs Quote 
ÒThere are more math phobic teachers out there than you realize. I know because I was one of them. I never made it to the top of multiplication mountain myself.  
Last year when I moved from grade 3 to grade 5, I was particularly scared about teaching a higher level of math. By supporting my mathematics instruction, (mathematics specialist) has made me enthusiastic and confident about the challenge. I am able to share my excitement about math in the classroom.Ó  
Classroom Teacher 2005  
Elementary School PrincipalÕs Quote 
Having a Mathematics Specialist in my building has enabled me to gain valuable insight into how children process math concepts.  
More importantly, this knowledge has facilitated a process in which I can confidently provide instructional guidance that is necessary for teachers to effectively differentiate instruction in a manner that acknowledges the very best practices necessary to impact student  
achievement.  
Elementary School Principal May 2006 
A K8 Mathematics Specialist is 
A teacher who has interest and special preparation in mathematics content, scientifically based research in the teaching and learning of mathematics, diagnostic and assessment methods, and leadership skills. The schoolbased mathematics specialist will serve as a resource in professional development, instructing children who have learning difficulties in mathematics, curriculum development and implementation, mentoring new teachers, and parent and community education.  
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE VIRGINIA  
LICENSURE REGULATIONS FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL 
VirginiaÕs Mathematics Specialist Endorsement 
Graduate from an approved mathematics specialist preparation program (masterÕs level); or completed a masterÕs level program in mathematics, mathematics education, or related education field with 30 semester hours of graduate course work in the competencies listed, including at least 21 hours of coursework in undergraduate or graduate level mathematics. 
Current Grant Projects 
VaDOE MSP: The Virginia Mathematics Specialist Project  
NSFTPC: Mathematics Specialists in K5 Schools: Research and Policy Pilot  
NSFMSP: Institute: Preparing VirginiaÕs Mathematics Specialists 
Statewide MasterÕs Degree Programs 
University of Virginia  
Virginia Commonwealth University  
Norfolk State University  
George Mason University  
University of Longwood  
Virginia Tech 
Core Courses in VirginiaÕs
Mathematics Specialist M.Ed. Programs 
The courses are specifically designed to develop competencies in the proposed mathematics specialist endorsementÉ..  
Required Leadership Courses (9 Credits)  
Leadership I: Standards and Standards Based Instruction  
Leadership II: Working with Teachers Centered Around  
Coaching  
Leadership III: Curriculum and Assessment Centered Around  
Lesson Study  
Elective Courses (6 Credits)  
Research in Mathematics Education (3 Credits)  
Working with Diverse Populations (3 Credits)  
Overarching Goal for Mathematics Content Courses 
Programs to prepare mathematics specialists must include the study of appropriate school mathematics content linked to classroom practice and model pedagogy essential for teaching that content and for building and sustaining communities of learners of mathematics. 
Overarching Goal for Mathematics Content Courses 
Mathematics specialists require a  
deep understanding of K8 mathematics and knowledge of its connections to higher levels of mathematics,  
a comprehensive knowledge of the developmental sequence of mathematics concepts to understand how children make sense of mathematics,  
and a command of various ways to assess studentsÕ understanding of mathematics. 
Core Courses in VirginiaÕs
Mathematics Specialist M.Ed. Programs 
Required Mathematics Courses (15 credits)  
Numbers and Operations (Prerequisite for all other courses)  
Functions and Algebra  
Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning  
Geometry and Measurement  
Probability and Statistics  
Elective Mathematics Courses ( 6 Credits)  
Algebra for Middle School Mathematics Specialists (3 Credits)  
Geometry for Middle School Specialists (3 Credits)  
Contact Information 
NSF Institute: Preparing VirginiaÕs Mathematics Specialists http://vamath.mspnet.org/index.cfm/  
Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition http://www.vamsc.org/  
Virginia Commonwealth University http://www.math.vcu.edu/mathspecialistshome.html  
University of Virginia http://www.math.virginia.edu/teach/  
Norfolk State University  
http://www.math.vcu.edu/Statewide_Webpages/index.html  
Contact Information 
Loren D. Pitt  
Dept. of Mathematics  
University of Virginia  
Charlottesville , VA 22904  
ldp@virginia.edu  
William E. Haver  
Dept. of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics  
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 232842014 

whaver@vcu.edu  
Vickie Inge  
Mathematics Outreach  
University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies  
Charlottesville , VA 22904  
vinge@virginia.edu  
Slide 19 
Functions and Algebra Quote 
Ò I found that this Math Specialist Program placing (sp.) a lot of emphasis on understanding why a rule is the rule. In the beginning of this class I related the song ÒI will surviveÓ to my high school algebra experience. During the beginning of this class, there was no doubt that this was going to be my Òtheme songÓ this time around as well. With all the emotional stress, mathematical challenges, and mathematical talk IÕve endured during this class I must say my theme song has retired and a new one is in townÓI believe I can prove, I believe I can justify.Ó {goes to the tune ÒI believe I can flyÓ by R. Kelly]  
Spring 2005 
Functions and Algebra Quote 
ÒThis two week intensive algebra and functions mathematics course was well worth the time and effort. I have gained a firmer understanding of algebraic functions, patterns, and properties. I feel more confident and competent with working with all grade levels, K8, on mathematics.Ó  
Summer Institute 2006 
Functions and Algebra Quote 
ÒDuring the reading I became totally fascinated with tables and their relationships with graphs and slopes. In Chapter 3 I really enjoyed Drew. The funny thing is as much as I HATE the focus questions, if not for having to answer I would not have understood DrewÕs thinking.Ó  
Summer Institute 2006 
Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Quote 
ÒI gained more knowledge about how the basic aspects of rational numbers may be seen through illustration compared to how I was taught with formulas and/or computation.Ó  
MSP Institute Participant 2006 
Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Quote 
ÒIn proportional reasoning, I would have solved most situations with a proportion—and solved for the missing value. Now, I can find other ways to do it. ItÕs much clearer understanding.Ó  
MSP Institute Participant 2006 
Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Quote 
ÒI think I will have students more actively involved in solving and creating problems and using manipulatives. I will focus on teaching the underlying meanings of rational numbers and the relationships they have with other areas of Mathematics.Ó  
MSP Institute Participant 2006 
Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Quote 
ÒThe resources we had were very good. I thought the work we did from the Lamon book was excellent. I felt challenged by the work we did from this book. The Young Mathematicians at Work was a good book, but we only did several problems from this and we perhaps could have used this more. We also had the CMP units on Rational Numbers. Overall, I think the materials we had for this course were great, but I just donÕt think the class connected these three resources all together.Ó  
MSP Institute Participant 2006 