There are people who like math. There are people who love math. And then there are those who are on a mission to see that every student has an opportunity to LEARN math! With an eclectic background in education and training in Singapore math methodologies, your blogger team is set to share our story as we strive to improve math education in our country.
Andy Clark is a former elementary and junior high school teacher. He recently retired as the K-12 Math Coordinator for Portland Public Schools, an urban district that outperformed the state of Oregon and closed the achievement gap. Recently, Andy was invited to Singapore to meet with educators and observe, first-hand, a Singapore classroom. You may recognize Andy since he has coauthored of a number of math programs, including Every Day Counts®: Calendar Math (Pre-K-6), Algebra Readiness (6 & Up), and Partner Games (K-6), and Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach (K-5).
Patsy F. Kanter is an author, teacher, and international mathconsultant. She worked as the Lower School Math Coordinatorand Assistant Principal at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans,Louisiana, for 13 years. Kanter is the author of a number ofmathematics programs, including Afterschool Achievers:Math Club (K–8) and Summer Success®: Math (K–8), and co-author of Every Day Counts®: Calendar Math, Partner Games (K–6), and Practice Counts (1–6). She is a consulting author for Math in Focus, which is the U.S. version of Singapore’s My Pals Are Here! Maths. Both programs are published by Marshall Cavendish, Singapore.
A primary instructor with experience teaching and training Singapore math strategies, Kelli has joined a network of educators who pursue a fresh approach to teaching math. In 2005, Kelli pioneered the implementation and professional development of one of Colorado’s early adopters of Singapore math strategies on a school-wide basis. Schooled in the use of personalized instruction plans, Socratic methods of teaching and parent education, she has come to share her practical experience and expertise with teachers around the country. Kelli is an author and guest blogger for multiple educational resources online and has moved towards new model of educating the educator and has embraced the innovations of sharing learning via digital media. She believes in the value of whole-family education and presents at Parent Universities. Kelli looks forward to future opportunities to train, present and invent in 21st century education.