The current activities of the New Jersey Mathematics Coalition address each of the five arenas
described in the statement of its goals:
- public outreach -- the Coalition has initiated a large new parent outreach program,
FANS Project (Families Achieving the New Standards in Mathematics, Science, and
Technology), with three-year funding of $1,600,000 from the National Science Foundation,
and with additional major funding of $200,000 from the AT&T Foundation.
- public policy -- the Coalition brings to the attention of makers of public policy its
recommendations on issues in the policy areas of mathematics curriculum, professional
development for practicing teachers, preservice education for prospective teachers, and
assessment of mathematical learning.
- professional development -- the Coalition continues to expand the state's capacity to respond
to the need for professional development by training teachers to conduct standards-based
workshops for their colleagues (expecting to train additional teachers in the summer of 1999
extending the programs for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 grade teachers funded by J&J during
1996-1998); creates opportunities for these trained workshop leaders to provide the
workshops they developed (including workshops in urban districts with funding from the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation); and serves as a broker, connecting districts with skilled
providers of standards-based professional development.
- curriculum development -- the Coalition continues its efforts to disseminate the
Mathematics Curriculum Framework and to support districts in their implementation of the
- assessment -- through the publication and dissemination of an annual report How Are We
Measuring Up? Trends in New Jersey Mathematics Education (with funding from The Fund
for New Jersey), the Coalition continues its efforts to inform educators, policy makers, and the
general public about progress in achieving our goal of improving mathematics education in