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Curriculum and Assessment for Adolescent Mathematics

This course introduces participants to the important ideas necessary to understand, use, critique, and create curricula and assessments in mathematics courses for adolescents. The course explores how context—including race, class, language and gender of students; the school culture; teacher experiences and identity; and social contexts—all need to be considered in the development of math curriculum. Participants will examine the role learning theories, standards, and politics have in shaping secondary math curricula; and they analyze the structure and uses of formative and summative assessment to shape instruction and provide feedback for learners. Participants will apply their understandings of context, curriculum, and assessment to the creation of a math unit grounded in authentic inquiry and designed to be accessible for a diverse range of adolescent learners.