Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes is coordinator of secondary mathematics for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. He is also cofounder of Core Challenge and an adjunct professor for several universities.
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Wave of Math

What if?

Categories: Mathematics

What if your goal was to ensure that every student in your district successfully completed two college-level math courses prior to high school graduation?

This is exactly the kind of question that makes leaders in mathematics education cringe and makes other stakeholder roll their eyes. But, your attitude toward the question might be different if you consider the gains we have made in mathematics education over the past 25 years. Throughout my career as a member of Maryland’s mathematics education community, I have observed and participated in several distinct eras of mathematics reform. Each reform effort was purposeful in its design and offered, to the public, a “promise” that our graduates were ready for the world after high school.

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Math Gatherings

Math Gatherings: Innovative Professional Learning for Teachers and Leaders

Categories: Mathematics

As a district mathematics leader, I am constantly searching for creative structures that support multiple district mathematics goals. Three years ago, during a monthly math innovation session, our secondary mathematics team (shout out to Jon Wray, Jennifer Novak, and Karen Vaden) set out to create innovative professional learning structures focused on the following goals:

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Student Voice in math

The Shifting Lens of Mathematics Observation

Categories: Mathematics

In mathematics classrooms all over North America, teachers and leaders are engaged in an alarming number of mathematics education reform initiatives. Teacher teams and curriculum offices are busy unpacking new standards, working to make sense of evolving assessment systems, grappling with the mechanics of teacher evaluation, and norming expectations for exemplary teaching and learning.

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