May 2013 Letter from Carolyn

Posted by Carolyn Olijnek

Dear US Math Recovery® Members,


Jim Martland, Math Recovery® Founder

It truly warms my heart to be part of an organization so passionate for its mission. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at the Math Recovery® Conference in Denver. Many people commented on the positive energy and dedication of those they met at the conference. I am proud to be a part of an organization where educators new to Math Recovery® and individuals investigating Math Recovery® for the first time seek out staff to tell them about their welcoming, professional, and energetic experience at the conference. Experiences such as this speak so highly of our membership. You should be proud of what you represent.

The mission of the US Math Recovery® Council is to transform numeracy education by connecting research with practice through Math Recovery® principles and theory, thus empowering...

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May 2013 Update from the Board Chair

Posted by Yvette Panasowich

Dear USMRC Membership:

What an exciting Denver Conference! The theme of Climbing New Heights of Numeracy was truly achieved through our wonderful keynote speakers as well as through our Math Recovery® "family" presenters. I wanted to extend my sincere THANK YOU to each of you for making the conference a SUCCESS! It was especially nice to have Dr. Jim Martland and Ms. Ann Stafford-Dillon attending and presenting at this year's conference.

After completing an extensive CEO search guided by the Center for Non-profit Management, the Math Recovery® community officially met Carolyn Olijnek, our newly appointed CEO. Carolyn took command of the podium to deliver stellar messages steeped in Math Recovery® practices, theory and, most importantly, supporting our mission. The USMRC Board of Directors heartily supports Ms. Olijnek and is proud to have a Math Recovery® practitioner leading our organization. We are pleased to...

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US Math Recovery at The NCTM Conference

Posted by Philip Koury

US Math Recovery® staffed a booth at the NCTM Conference in Denver this year. As part of a promotion, USMRC sent postcards to conference attendees with a bit of advertising and an invitation to visit Math Recovery®'s booth. In addition to daily drawings for free products, we held a drawing for a $1000 scholarship toward Math Recovery® professional development. The winner of the drawing, Patrick Kind, is currently AVMR trained and interested in becoming a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist. Congratulations, Patrick! Preparations are underway for an even bigger presence at the 2014 NCTM Conference.

USMRC invites you, our membership, to submit speaker proposals to local, regional, and national events. Speakers who shared their Math Recovery® stories and successes at NCTM generated much of the positive energy in the booth. If your proposal is selected, please contact our office so that we provide you with Math Recovery®...

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Connecting Research to Practice

Posted by Philip Koury

Whenever we try a new practice in the classroom, we, of course, want it to positively impact student learning. However, many times the best practices we implement take several years to see changes in summative assessment results. Below are practices we can engage in with colleagues or on our own to see evidence of student growth along the way and to see evidence of the impact new or modified practice is having in the classroom.

What are additional ways we can tell that practices we try in the classroom are making a difference for students and ourselves as teachers?

  • Keep a record of classroom evidence over a specific period of time. For example, take a short video of a practice, such as facilitating a class discussion, 3 times over a period of 9 weeks. Observe the differences in the practice and in the...
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US Math Recovery Hires Carolyn K. Olijnek as CEO

Posted by Philip Koury

Nashville, TN (April 5, 2013) - Math Recovery®, a non-profit mathematics intervention council announces that Carolyn K. Olijnek joins the organization as its first Chief Executive Officer. Olijnek is a forward thinking professional that will lead Math Recovery® into the future with proven leadership and management skills and experience. She has supported Math Recovery® in numerous ways as a mathematics trainer and as a presenter at various Math Recovery® Conferences. She has also created Math Recovery® Instructional Guides and created a data analysis tool and framework for the District Assessment Center.

Chairperson of the USMRC Board of Directors, Yvette Panasowich said they are "proud to announce and support Carolyn Olijnek's appointment as USMRC's first CEO! The future is filled with endless possibilities for exponential growth under the direction of our new leader!" Deb Farley, who chaired the Search Team, said "Carolyn Olijnek surfaced as the unequivocal...

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An Update from the USMRC Board Chair

Posted by Yvette Panasowich

The February 2013 USMRC Board of Directors meeting was FABULOUS! I'm so proud of the many accomplishments made by the Office staff, Board and Committees over the past six months! Our new Board Members arrived on Thursday afternoon for New Board Member Orientation led by our Center for Non-Profit Management Consultant Dr. Brad Gray, where they were acclimated to their responsibilities as a Board Member for 501 (C) 3 organization. During this session they also learned about USMRC's history, Professional Development Programs, and became acclimated to their Committee assignments and responsibilities. Please welcome Dr. Anne Catena and Mr. Fred Reynolds to the USMRC Board.

Thursday evening, the full Board had arrived and we caught up with our Math Recovery® Friends and colleagues. Our Friday meeting was jammed packed with Committee Reports. Through the reports, obstacles and accomplishments were shared. Our Conference Committee, which is chaired by Patty King and Lisa...

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Introducing New Board Members

Posted by Philip Koury

USMRC welcomes two new board members this year. Anne N. Catena, Ed.D. is the director of Professional Development Initiatives, a lecturer, and program associate with The Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University. Dr. Catena is the lead instructor in the Seminar in Education: Theory and Practice and advises and supervises student teachers pursuing certification in mathematics and the sciences. Dr. Catena directs professional development programs with and for novice, experienced and master teachers. Working with K-12 content experts, teachers and administrators, as well as the most current researchers in STEM fields at Princeton University, have informed her of the realities of school based decision making, the importance of implementation and ways to help teachers effectively work with students.

Fred Reynolds is an Early Intervention/Remedial Math Teacher in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. He works with children in grades K-2, focusing on early numeracy based on the principles of Math...

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CEO Search Team

Posted by Philip Koury

The Math Recovery® Council has an active Search Team looking nationwide for the next CEO with a goal to announce the new leader at the Annual Conference in Denver in early May. Using a national consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management, the search team is narrowing its focus on a few candidates who are completing the screening and interview process. Deb Farley, chair of the Search Team says, "After looking across the country, we believe we are close to a candidate who can lead us into the future. As stated in our CEO request, we need someone who is a forward-thinking executive with a proven nonprofit leadership background as well as strong management skills. Someone who brings a strong math education background, the ability to build and execute a vision for sustainable growth, and a transparent, collaborative leadership style." Members of the CEO Search Team include: Deb Farley, Cathy...

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USMRC RTI Recognition

Posted by Philip Koury

USMRC's Math Recovery® program recognized by the National Center on Response to Intervention: Math Recovery® is honored to have been listed on the National Center on Response to Intervention web site as an instructional intervention tool. The National Center on RTI publishes this list to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select instructional intervention programs that best meet their individual needs. Math Recovery® was approved by the Center after having undergone a rigorous technical review committee process. The Center's Technical Review Committee (TRC) on Instructional Intervention independently established a set of criteria for evaluating the scientific rigor of studies demonstrating the efficacy of instructional intervention programs.

This recognition speaks to USMRC's continued investment in children's education and is a tribute to the dedicated professionals within our organization.

The Center defines instructional interventions as follows: Additional or alternative instructional intervention programs to the core curriculum conducted in...

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