Math Programs

MathLINKS
Learning, Instruction, Knowledge, Standards

MathLINKS is a professional development opportunity designed to assist teachers and administrators in implementing a comprehensive, research-based approach to mathematics instruction that is linked to the Arkansas Mathematics Frameworks. The vision of MathLINKS is to produce mathematically proficient students in grades 3-8.

The professional development will focus on the following goals:

  • Assist classroom teachers in linking research to practice.
  • Help teachers deepen mathematical understanding.
  • Establish instructional goals that focus on the “big ideas” in the Arkansas Mathematics Framework.
  • Link content and pedagogy to classroom practice.

This professional development requires a two year commitment by the school administrator and the participant. Each year of training consists of three days of training in the summer and two additional days of training during the school year.

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 Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)


Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a professional development program that increases teachers’ understanding of the knowledge with formal concepts and operations. Developed by education researchers, CGI is guided by two major theses. The first is that children bring an intuitive knowledge of mathematics to school with them and this knowledge should serve as a basis in developing formal mathematics. The second thesis is that math instruction should be based on a relationship between problem solving and computational skills, which leads to an emphasis on problem solving instead of skill and drill.

Participants will learn to:

  • Analyze story problems and number sentences to determine their mathematical difficulty level and recognize the cognitive development stage in student responses.
  • Assess student thinking and design problems that will develop their understanding of concepts and skills.
  • Facilitate discussions that will provide a window into children’s thinking and scaffold children as they develop and strengthen their ability to reason.

CGI will enhance any adopted curriculum or resource material. This is a seven day training.

Please contact me if I can be of assistance to you.  

Leah Stinnett

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