North Bay Math Project: Solving A Great Math Problem Regionally

mathproject.pngIf 300 Northern California math teachers were supported by the North Bay Mathematics Project (NBMP) in summer 2013, how many K-12 students have benefitted from the Project's work over the past 10 years?

NBMP is a collaboration between the SSU Math & Stats Department, the SSU School of Education, and the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Since 2000, the NBMP has worked with many districts from Sonoma County to the Oregon border to provide opportunities for over 1000 teachers in K-12 schools to deepen their understanding of mathematics and of approaches to its teaching and learning.

benfordatwork.pngSSU faculty who work closely with NBMP projects include Nick Dowdall, Ben Ford, Tracey Jackson, Brigitte Lahme, and Edie Mendez in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, and Kathy Morris in Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education.

September 2013 marked the completion of two large projects: Project LEAD is a 3-year, $3 million project with Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, and Bellevue school districts in which over 100 K-12 teachers became leaders in their districts' adoption of California's new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

California Common Core powered by Student Success (Cˢ) is a two-year, $500,000 intensive experience for over 25 teacher leaders from Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties, learning to be instructional leaders for their colleagues.

Each teacher leader learned strategies and mathematics to improve their own classroom practice in accordance with the new standards and presented what they had learned throughout their own county.

NBMP conducts many shorter-term professional learning opportunities for other districts and counties. In fact, they estimate that over the past 10 years, more than 40,000 students in Northern California schools have benefitted from the project's work.

For more information about North Bay Math Project, please contact Ben Ford (

Above, Ben Ford works to educate local teachers about Common Core approaches.

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