Building student's rich social knowledge helps attend to issues of identity and power in the context of the instructional material

Spark Math is being developed as 4 replacement units.

Each of the 4 units replaces, covers and extends the core curriculum for 2-3 weeks. It does not delay the core curriculum, but covers the same material in a novel way.

In addition to developing conceptual understanding, Spark Math units build executive function (EF) skills into the math instruction.

The graphic below highlights both the goals of the Spark Math units and features.

Spark Math**Replacement Units**

**Teachers develop capacity** and redesign their instructional practice

More **belonging-centered instruction**

More **ambitions and equitable instruction**

**Students actively engage** in authentic mathematical problem solving & EF meta - cognition

**Improved learning outcomes **for students of color

**Simulations** and project-based learning activities that provide opportunities for shared authentic experience, mathematical discourse, and exploration.

Supports to help teachers develop **culturally relevant instruction** and build student's EF skills.

**Learning games** and adaptive practice to strengthen students' math fluency and executive functions.

Spark Math is packaged as cohesive, ready-to-use unity, but alternatively the **individual components** can be implemented a la carte.

Math

Curriculum

- Instructional materials
- Assessments
- Digital + Print
- Top-rated, EF-infused OER
- Discourse-infused

Teacher

Learning System

- Pull-out & coaching
- Ongoing, collaborative, interactive
- In-person & self-serve

Supplemental

Supports

- Micro-tutoring
- Extended Instruction
- Adaptive, computer-based instruction

EF-Infused

Math

- EF training embedded in math
- Metacognitive strategies
- Socio-emotional & contextual EF support

Discourse & Open-

Ended Learning

- Simulations
- Formative assessment
- Student choice
- Conceptual and relevant taks
- Collaborative learning

In 2020, EF+Math chose a small number of interdisciplinary teams to fund. Spark Math was proud to be one of those teams.

Spark Math is led by the non-profit **Saga Education**,** **the leading provider of high-dose in-school tutoring for historically underserved youth.

A strength of Spark Math is that is being developed with a group of leading researchers highlighted below. The team's work spans an arc from Jammal's work on belonging in the math classroom and social cognition, to Ben, Priti and Yuko's work on EF deployment, improvement, and training, to Kathy, David, Brent and Krista, and Tom's work on novel and tech-supported approaches to learning mathematics.

Brent Milne

VP of R&D

Principal Investigator

Krista Marks

Chief Product Officer

Project Lead

Tom Fischaber

VP of Operations

Project Manager

Jamaal Matthews

Assoc. Prof., U. Michigan

Connections between social cognition, motivation, identity, and learning

Priti Shah

Professor, U. Michigan

Cognition & education with focuses on EFs and their improvement, statistical environment

Yuko Munakata

Professor, UC Davis

EF, adaptive thinking, changes in thinking based on context, motivation, social env.

David Webb

Assoc. Prof., U. Colorado

Realistic Mathematics Education (RME), PD, formative assessment

Kathy Perkins

Professor, U. Colorado

Director of PhET Interactive Simulations

Ben Katz

Assist. Prof., Virginia Tech

Cognitive training, working memory, EF and game deisgn