National Science Foundation
Project AIM is a collaboration among mathematics and literacy education faculty in the Elementary Education Department at North Carolina State University, Horizon Research, Inc., and the Wake County Public School System. The project’s goal is to promote mathematics communication in the classroom to support all students in the learning of meaningful mathematics content. Drawing on a range of expertise, the project team is developing a 40-hour mathematics professional development program for mathematics coaches and practicing elementary teachers. This program will: (1) focus on place value, addition and subtraction, and linear measurement; (2) apply to mathematics education what has been learned in literacy education about classroom communication to support teachers in the implementation of effective strategies that promote mathematically-rich classroom discourse; and (3) develop teachers’ knowledge of mathematics content needed for teaching.