Program is intended to help product stronger math coaches for elementary grades

math-maineA new graduate program designed to prepare math coaches for elementary schools and help raise student math skills is being launched at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The Maine Mathematics Coaching Project has six applicants for the two-year pilot program, Sandra MacArthur, UMF director of educational outreach, said.

The program is starting with 15 applicants, nominated by their school district, from prekindergarten through eighth grade, she said.

While there are 58 math coaches, sometimes called math specialists or interventionists, in the state, there is no training to help that person succeed, MacArthur said. Often a really strong teacher or one who enjoys teaching math is asked to step in to the position, she said.

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