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CSU Early Assessment Program: Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI)

​Curriculum/Instruction and Research

Primary Contact​​

Marsha King, Program Manager
(916) 228-2631

The Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI) provides professional development for Secondary School or District Math Departments. The focus of the training is to engage teachers in learning how to provide students experiences with cognitively complex mathematical problems. These types of problems allow students more opportunities to be college and career ready. A secondary focus of the professional development is discussing instructional strategies that support increased student understanding, as required by the California Content Standards.

Professional Development consists of:

  • Approximately 16-24 hours of training broken into small modules that can be delivered in an all-day or half-day format, or in shorter segments over time with teacher practice between sessions
  • Materials and training for teachers of Algebra I through Precalculus

Highlights of Module contents:

  • Presentation of a variety of strategies for teaching students how to solve complex problems
  • Instruction on developing cognitively complex problems
  • Looking at student misconceptions
  • Teaching strategies that:
    • Promote mathematical and numeric flexibility
    • Incorporate multiple representations
    • Help students extend procedures and emphasize structures
  • Support to improve student performance on CSTs, the EAP, SATs and ACTs, AP exams, and other tests as well as classroom instruction

The Early Assessment Program is sponsored and delivered by California State University Early Assessment Program and California County Superintendents of Education Services Association (CCSESA).

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