4 principles to guide math learning

“My life’s work has been to improve my own teaching and the systems that support teachers so that all students can learn the mathematics they need to succeed in school and in life,” said Uri Treisman, New Mathways Project founder and Dana Center executive director. “This expansion of the New Mathways Project should help tens of thousands of students achieve their American dream of a college credential and a better future.”

The New Mathways Project model is guided by four principles:
• Multiple pathways with relevant and challenging mathematics content aligned to specific fields of study
• Acceleration that allows students to complete college-level math courses more quickly than in the traditional developmental math sequence
• Intentional use of strategies to help students develop skills as learners
• Curriculum design and pedagogy based on proven practice

The New Mathways Project’s state-level work is also closely connected to national undergraduate mathematics reform movements. The Dana Center is collaborating with leading professional associations of mathematicians through TPSE Math and Common Vision 2025. These initiatives are focused on redesigning the undergraduate math program, including advocacy for multiple mathematics pathways.

The New Mathways Project is often identified as an innovative model setting the standard for how to improve undergraduate mathematics education.

The Dana Center is a part of a national coalition working to transform developmental education for all. The coalition’s newly released joint statement has been endorsed by 25 organizations and states.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione