Math Recovery® MRSp1 Award

The US Math Recovery Council® MRSp1 Tuition Award winners will receive Complimentary admittance into a scheduled Math Recovery® Specialist, Part 1: Intervention and Specialization in Number Learning for the Primary Grades (MRSp1). The entire tuition fee is included in this award. Please Note: airfare, hotel stay, and meals are not covered in this award.

The Math Recovery®: Intervention and Specialization in Number Learning for the Primary Grades (MRSp1) course develops specialist teachers to provide intensive mathematics intervention for students in grades K-2. As a yearlong course, the program develops teaching expertise in early math learning and includes topics of number word sequences, numeral identification, addition and subtraction counting-based strategies, structuring numbers 1 to 20, and conceptual place value. As a result of completing this course, professionals become certified Math Recovery® Primary Intervention Specialists with new tools for assessment and instruction in early numeracy.

Course Format and important elements:

  • 9 days of face-to-face instruction, throughout the year
    • 3 days (September 24-26, 2019*)
    • 3 days (November 12-14, 2019*)
    • 3 days (Jan. 21-23, 2020*)
    • * 2 additional Fall MRSp1 courses and face-to-face dates will be added soon. Current dates listed are hosted in Eagan, MN.
  • eLearning components to maximize face-to-face times
  • Professional readings
  • Virtual cohort meetings and video shares (Virtual Launch Aug. 14 and Virtual Session 1 Aug. 21. Virtual sessions continue throughout the year)
  • 100 hours of 1:1 video-taped teaching with students
  • 100 hours of reflecting on teaching
  • 1:1 coaching for assessment and teaching
  • Assessment project to show assessment techniques in administering and analyzing assessments
  • Teaching project to show student/professional growth and reflection
  • Teacher has two years to complete all requirements for MRSp1
  • Demonstrate proficiency in implementing Math Recovery® Guiding Principles

Application submission due date: April 22, 2019
Recipient notification date: May 3, 2019
Total awards given: 2

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of early numeracy for the purpose of supporting students and teachers in the area of mathematics.

District considerations: The award provides the participant with the opportunity to attend a scheduled course. Outside costs, such as substitutes, transportation, lodging and food are the participants or districts’ responsibility.

There are also additional technology needs, that are the responsibility of the district for MRSp1 These technology items include but may not be limited to:

  • Desktop computer or laptop computer (ideal for traveling to training/recording lessons) Typically, teachers are issued a school computer. It is important the computer has web camera capabilities with video recording and streaming internet capabilities
  • Web camera (for virtual meetings)
  • Headphones (for virtual meetings and watching student video)
  • External hard drive for video storage
  • Video editing program

Award recipients will be asked to communicate to the US Math Recovery community and beyond on the impact they have had due to this award.

Application Criteria

Individuals must meet the following criteria, or their awards will not be considered:

  1. Narrative element-applications can be no more than 3 pages in length.
  2. Include an administrator letter, no more than 1 page in length.

To Apply: Provide a narrative that includes the following:

  • School and/ or District academic need (current state of mathematics)
  • What does the attendee hope to gain from the course?
  • Administration letter
    • Acknowledgement of support in allowing staff member to attend course
    • Acknowledgement of the District Considerations
    • Agreement to be debriefed by participant on their experience in this professional development course

Questions about the application? Contact Kim Roehl kim@mathrecovery.org.

Selection Rubric

Narrative Element
Area of Measure 0 Points 1 Points 2 Points 3 Points
Current state of mathematics described for school or district Not addressed Description includes current mathematics program/curriculum Description includes current mathematics program along with common pedagogical beliefs and/or pedagogical practices Description includes current mathematics program/ curriculum, common pedagogical beliefs and/or pedagogical practices, along with student engagement and use of AVMR assessments
Student need Not addressed Student need is explained by summarizing test scores alone (one data point) Student need is described by summarizing current and historical data Student need is described by summarizing current and historical data and includes vision on how the award could address areas of student need
Potential impact of the award Not addressed
-or-
insufficient impact on teacher or students described
Describes reasonable and valid impact on teachers or students

Describes the role of the Champion as a course facilitator
Describes reasonable and valid impact on teachers and students

Goes beyond the Champion role as solely an in-district course facilitator and includes vision for additional support of teachers as they implement assessment and teaching) OR describe the Champion as a part of a vision to develop local leadership
Describes valid and reasonable impact on students, teachers, and mentions effects on other elements (administrators, use of curricular materials, systematic implementation, etc.)

Goes beyond the Champion role as solely an in-district course facilitator and includes vision for additional support of teachers as they implement assessment and teaching) AND describes the Champion as a part of a larger vision to develop local leadership
Administrator Letter
Acknowledgement of requirements of the award Not addressed Briefly addresses requirements of tuition assistance award Partially addresses requirements of tuition assistance award Addresses requirements of tuition assistance award with an endorsement of candidate to attend if awarded
Addresses need to provide support Not addressed Mentions that support will be provided but not specifically how Mentions support will be provided and briefly includes some of the following:
  • District funding for candidate to travel for the course
  • Time for candidate reflection and refinement as they complete designation requirements
  • Vision for the candidate to provide AVMR professional development with the aim to implement assessment and teaching practices alongside district adopted curriculum
Expresses desire to support leadership development along with providing specific information regarding the district contribution to the development of the candidate as a Champion using the following areas of support:
  • District funding for candidate to travel for the course
  • Time for candidate reflection and refinement as they complete designation requirements
  • Vision for the candidate to provide AVMR professional development with the aim to implement assessment and teaching practices alongside district adopted curriculum
Includes vision on how award will be used Not addressed Vision for the champion role is as a course facilitator Vision goes beyond the Champion role as solely an in-district course facilitator and includes vision for additional support of teachers as they implement assessment and teaching OR describe the Champion as a part of a vision to develop local leadership Vision describes the Champion as a part of a larger vision to develop local leadership and includes details on importance and implementation of assessment, assessment guided instruction, delivery professional development, and/or support needed for continued implementation of new learning