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Developing Algebraic Thinking (DAT)

Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP)

Funded by the Kentucky Department of Education

2007-2010 Total Award: $600,000

Districts Included in Grant

Lee County; Carter County


  • Enhance K-5 teachers' conceptual understanding and pedagogical content knowledge in the areas of algebra, specifically focused on: 1) representing and analyzing mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols; 2) using mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships; 3) understanding patters, relations and functions; and, 4) analyzing change in various contexts.
  • Enhance K-5 teachers' ability to implement effective mathematics instruction using research-based strategies.
  • Develop administrators' knowledge and skills to provide effective instructional leadership and support of high quality algebra teaching and learning in elementary schools.

Teacher Component

  • Improve understanding of key concepts in algebra needed to effectively implement the content standards outlined in the Program of Studies and Core Content for Assessment.
  • Deconstruct the K-8 algebra standards in state curriculum document into the factual and conceptual knowledge; skills and procedures; and reasoning and process skills that students must have to reach the standard.
  • Improve understanding of how children learn mathematics.
  • Understanding the various factors that make the transition from arithmetic to algebra difficult for students.
  • Design algebra units of study whose content is aligned to the state curriculum documents.
  • Understand and use manipulatives and technology to teach algebraic concepts.
  • Understand and integrate a variety of assessment strategies and understand how to use results to adjust instruction and improve student learning.

Product: Develop, Field Test, and Construct learning progressions, interventions, and assessments (diagnostic, formative, and summative)

Administrator Component

  • Build understanding of effective math instruction
  • Improve knowledge of algebraic concepts outlined in state curriculum documents
  • Recognize appropriate instructional strategies for mathematics, including manipulatives and technology.
  • Conduct math classroom observations with confidence and provide timely and quality feedback to teachers regarding their mathematics instruction.
  • Understand and monitor sound assessment practices.


For More Information

For more information on this program, please contact:
Kim Zeidler-Watters
Director, P-12 Math & Science Outreach Unit

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