As the Common Core standards change what students need to know, some schools are hiring in-house specialists.
More Schools Hiring Math Specialists To Train Common Core Teachers.
The Atlantic (10/3, Wingert) reports schools nationwide are hiring math specialist to coach teachers toward better teaching the Common Core’s curriculum, citing Springhurst Elementary in New York’s Westchester County as an example. The Springhurst program included ten weekly classes after school, as well as classroom observation and substitution. While no official statistics exist on the trend, Francis Fennell, a former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and an early proponent of math specialists, said some states have hundreds of specialists. The bulk of the article explains the demand for the service, its history, how Common Core has changed math curricula, and how hiring a math specialist is a unique solution to the issue through professional development.