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Cristo Rey Network Launches Robust Math Effort

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The Cristo Rey Network announced the organization’s launch of Putting MATH Education to Work, a $1.25 million investment by The Howley Foundation to dramatically advance student achievement in mathematics by developing the capacity of every Cristo Rey math teacher and school principal through sustained professional development and instructional support.

“The achievement gap in math for many Cristo Rey students is evident, impacting their college readiness,” said Elizabeth Goettl, Cristo Rey Network President and CEO. “Through a generous, multi-year investment, the Cristo Rey Network will strengthen the delivery of our college preparatory mathematics curriculum and scale effective practices to ensure that every student masters the knowledge, and skills to be college-ready.”

Putting MATH Education to Work launches with an initial two-year cohort of seven schools and will be expanded to include second and third cohorts in the next two successive years. The first cohort of Cristo Rey Network schools, selected through a competitive application process, includes Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (Chicago), Cristo Rey Columbus High School, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (Lawrence), Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Milwaukee), De La Salle North Catholic High School (Portland), and ICA Cristo Rey Academy (San Francisco).

The entire math team and one school leader from each of these seven schools will gather six times over the course of the first year to collaborate with leaders in the field, the Silicon Valley Math Initiative, to drive this essential work forward. Targets will be established, using objective measures, to assess students’ math growth and attainment. The Silicon Valley Math Initiative will facilitate a comprehensive effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning, based on high performance expectations, use of formative assessment and student work to guide instruction, and application of evidence-based math instructional practices.

Putting MATH Education to Work will leverage the deep and diverse academic expertise that the Network schools have attracted and developed. Math teachers’ and principals’ participation in this work reflects their commitment to educational excellence and will support our students’ college readiness.