ORGANIZING A MATH RETREAT
Knowles Senior Fellow Andrea Negrete received a grant from the Knowles Teacher Initiative to fund a two-day retreat for the six math teachers at her school—Oakland International High School in Oakland, California—in February 2016. The retreat was aimed at strengthening the numeracy skills of their approximately 390 students. During their retreat, the group developed a list of numeracy skills their students need to master for success in future math courses. Additionally, they began working on a four-year scope and sequence that aligns to the math assessment used by the local community college, and selected a platform to track and assess student growth with regard to numeracy skills. The grant included funding for the group to meet in summer 2016 to continue creating the scope and sequence and to develop the assessments that would be used.