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Cristo Rey Network Expands Putting MATH Education to Work Initiative

Originally published on the Cristo Rey Network website

The Cristo Rey Network is pleased to announce that eight Cristo Rey schools have been named as the fourth cohort of schools engaging in Putting Math Education to Work. Generously funded by The Howley Foundation, the two-year commitment will dramatically advance student achievement in mathematics by developing the capacity of Cristo Rey math teachers and school principals through sustained professional development and instructional support designed and delivered by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).

Cohort IV Schools include:
Baton Rouge – Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School
Cleveland – Saint Martin de Porres High School
Houston – Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Los Angeles – Verbum Dei High School
New York – Cristo Rey New York High School
Research Triangle – Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School
San Diego – Cristo Rey San Diego High School
Tampa – Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School

“Since 2018, Putting Math Education to Work has been promoting high levels of student engagement in mathematical thinking by improving teacher practice through cross-network teacher collaboration, lesson study, and student work analysis sessions,” said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Elizabeth Goettl. “These Cohort IV schools will implement an evidence-based mathematics instructional framework that has proven to dramatically increase student performance for all students across the academic spectrum.”

Cohort IV schools engaging in this robust initiative join 19 additional Cristo Rey schools in Cohorts I, II, and III that continue to be actively engaged in the program to ensure that every Cristo Rey student can access and master the mathematical knowledge and skills to be college-ready.

Each participating Putting Math Education to Work school commits to the entire math team and one school leader to gather ten times, on average, over the course of two years in this shared growth effort. Targets are established, using objective measures, to assess students’ math growth and attainment. The Silicon Valley Math Initiative facilitates a comprehensive effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning, based on high performance expectations, formative assessment, use of student work to guide instruction, and application of evidence-based instructional practices.

“Putting Math Education to Work is leveraging the deep and diverse academic expertise that Network schools have attracted and developed,” remarked Dao Kambara, Cristo Rey Network Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Math teachers’ and principals’ participation in this work reflects their commitment to educational excellence and will support our students’ college success.”