CORE Math® Academy for Elementary Schools

Levels: K-6

Length: Topics may be selected based on identified needs. It is recommended that schools select the entire five-day Math Academy for a math intensive training, or select 2-3 specific topics at a time to be combined with other services.

Audience: District and school leadership, math coaches, classroom teachers, and specialists


CORE’s Math Academy for Elementary Schools is designed to increase mathematical content understanding and best practices to enable students to become mathematically proficient and meet the Common Core and other State Standards. Based on the current research and findings from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the National Research Council, and other prominent mathematics researchers, and aligned to most states’ standards, the CORE Math Academy focuses on the critical topics that pose challenges for many students, particularly those who are behind in mathematics achievement. While each Math Academy session is dedicated to a discrete topic, it is recommended but not required that all five sessions be included in a robust professional development plan. Each topic below requires a full-day session but may be taken in half-day increments.

Participant Outcomes

  • Understand best practices for improving student proficiency in selected topics.
  • Understand math concepts and the connections between concepts and procedures.
  • Recognize and resolve student misconceptions.
  • Identify mathematical language and how to develop its use in students.
  • Understand the use of a mathematical discourse to promote engagement and deep processing.
  • Learn effective strategies for connecting visual models to numerical representations through student engagement, mathematical reasoning, and making mathematics explicit.

Topical Outline

Topic: Numbers and Operations

  • Overview, Number Concepts, and Counting
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Problem Types and Problem-Solving
  • Number Facts and Number Properties

Topic: Place Value and Multidigit Operations

  • Place Value
  • Multidigit Addition/Subtraction
  • Multidigit Multiplication/Division
  • Common Misconceptions

Topic: Fractions

  • Fractions and Equivalence
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Common Misconceptions

Topic: Multiplicative Thinking and Equivalence

  • Equality
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Ratio and Multiplicative Thinking
  • Mathematical Discourse

Topic: Geometry and Measurement

  • Measurement
  • Shapes
  • Applications