Our standards-based instruction is steeped in our values and beliefs around the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

  • We value conceptual understanding
  • We value thinking and reasoning
  • We value building conceptual understanding, thinking, and reasoning in order to develop increased procedural fluency and problem solving flexibility
  • We believe positive math identities must be developed and fostered
  • We believe that mathematics should be seen as a tool to be an influential member of society


Because of these values and beliefs around math instruction:

  • We use a Launch, Explore, Summarize model of inquiry focused instruction
  • We engage our students in cognitively demanding tasks and daily academic conversations through effective math discourse
  • Our teachers spend more time questioning and less time showing and telling
  • We create classroom cultures in which all students see themselves as mathematicians