Improving Adolescent Mathematics Learning: Instructional Strategies for Teachers of Grades 6–12

This professional development helps teachers incorporate research-tested practices into instruction, assessment, professional development, and school structures to support struggling adolescent learners at the middle and high school level. Workshops are designed to integrate the Common Core State Standards into the exploration of research-based answers to these questions:

  • What does mathematical literacy for secondary students look like today?
  • What building and district support does research suggest for struggling learners of mathematics?
  • What research-based instructional practices will promote the development of mathematical thinking and skills?
  • How can teachers effectively model the Common Core State Standards mathematical practices in their classrooms?
  • What assessment practices are effective in identifying the mathematical needs of secondary students?
  • What are effective teacher professional development practices associated with improving mathematical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning?
  • How can research findings help inform programmatic and instructional issues facing middle and high school teachers and administrators?


This service can be customized to meet the needs of teachers, instructional coaches, and principals who want to increase their understanding of effective mathematics instruction for middle or high school students.


This professional development experience is delivered through a series of workshops over the course of the school year.

Accompanying Product

The content of the professional development is based on Education Northwest’s best-selling research synthesis, Improving Adolescent Mathematics: Findings From Research (2005).

Continuing Services

Follow-up implementation support can be provided through one of the following formats:

  • Video study group meetings facilitated on site by an Education Northwest staff member in which teachers examine and discuss videotapes of their own classroom instruction.
  • Lesson study groups, facilitated by an Education Northwest staff member, in which teachers collaboratively plan, teach, observe, and refine mathematics lessons incorporating research-based practices.