Believe in kids! Allow them to think, to struggle, and to reason with new ideas as together you find the excitement that happens when mathematics makes sense.
-John Van de Walle
Mathematics is one of the significant gatekeepers of success in modern society (Visible Learning for Mathematics, 2016). A well-designed and well-implemented math program enables students to use math to think critically, analyze a range of situations quantitatively, and make decisions based on thoughtful analysis in both their personal and professional lives. Learning mathematics should enable students to see themselves as capable lifelong learners and doers of mathematics and statistics.
(adapted from Catalyzing Change NCTM 2018, NCTM Principles to Action 2014 and Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice 2010)