PRIME - Partners as Resources to Improve Mathematics Education

The last year for PRIME in SFUSD was the 2013-14 school year.

Goals The partnership aimed to deepen math content knowledge for 4th and 5th grade teachers in SFUSD through a three year sequence of 5-day summer institute and 3 release days annually, for a total of 180 intensive hours by the end of the 3 years. Additional network after-school centralized workshops, monthly site collaborations, and in-classroom coaching support provide 24 hours of follow up annually for a total of 72 hours after three years.

Partner-led professional development focused on developing teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skills that lead to student mastery of both mathematic concepts and procedures. Topics of study addressed number systems, rational numbers, and algebraic thinking. A key feature of the grant was to directly address the achievement gap. Schools eligible for participation either had an achievement gap for African Americans, Hispanic-Latinos, and English Learners within their school or had overall lower than district average results on state standardized tests in mathematics.

Pedagogical professional development emphasized multiple modalities of learning, using assessment data to analyze student understanding and misconceptions about mathematics, and designing engaging lessons using the state adopted instructional materials. The three year program was designed to develop teacher leaders who can lead professional development at the site and district wide.

Pedagogical professional development emphasized multiple modalities of learning, using assessment data to analyze student understanding and misconceptions about mathematics, and designing engaging lessons using the state adopted instructional materials.

PRIME was a California Math/Science Partnership between three organizations:

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Bay Area Math Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science