The Noyce Foundation aims to improve teaching and learning in mathematics with the goal of developing conceptual understanding and high levels of mathematical skill in all students, kindergarten through algebra.

The Noyce Foundation has transitioned its work in mathematics from the direct work with schools and districts of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and the First in Mathematics Consortium to a focus on the national dissemination of the tools and assets that came from those initiatives.



Motion Math: Reckon (Motion Math, San Francisco, CA)

Motion Math, an educational software company creating conceptual mobile math games, will develop an educational assessment platform to correlate mobile math learning experiences to mastery of Common Core math standards, structuring an ecosystem for teachers and developers to continually improve individualized learning.

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Silicon Valley Common Core Math Initiative (Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, CA)

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is supporting Silicon Valley school districts’ design and implementation plans for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). This initiative will create a demonstration group of 3 collaborating unified school districts that focus on the critical middle school to high school transition, utilizing a systemic approach to assist districts’ transition to CCSSM. The initiative will support school districts in three core areas of work: Systems alignment, professional development and instructional support for teachers, teacher leaders and principals, and student support.

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Inside Mathematics

The Inside Mathematics multimedia website, developed by the Noyce Foundation, assists teachers, principals, and school district leadership who struggle to provide the best mathematics instruction they can for their students.   Inside Mathematics provides tested demonstration lessons presented to children and groups of observing teachers; guided tours of reflective mathematics practice; and mathematics teaching and learning tools and resources to support classroom teachers', math coaches', and administrators' daily practices.

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Academic Youth Development Phase II (Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas, Austin)

The AYD program aims to improve achievement by shaping the culture of algebra classrooms.  The program shapes the way adolescents think about themselves as learners with the goal of improving their academic achievement in mathematics and in high school.   The Dana Center is enhancing the summer and school year AYD curriculum and professional development program, including developing an alignment of the materials contained in the program to the Common Core State Standards of Mathematical Practice and to the college readiness standards.

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Examining Science & Math Course-Taking Patterns in California Middle and High School Pathways (Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning, Santa Cruz, CA)

With WestEd and SRI International, the Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning conducted the first two phases of a statewide analysis of middle and high school course-taking patterns in math and science to examine what math and science courses 7th graders take; the effect and impact on their subsequent course taking in middle school and high school; and the impact on high school completion, fulfillment of A–G requirements, and eligibility for public universities in California. Download the report: College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter.

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