Early Mathematics Task Force

Convening and Membership

The Early Mathematics Task Force was convened in February 2017 by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) General Education Leadership Network (GELN), an organization of directors of education services from 56 ISDs across Michigan. Launched in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, the Early Mathematics Task Force includes representation from PreK-12, ISDs, and educational organizations including:

  • MI Department of Education
  • MI Association of Mathematics Teachers of Education
  • MAISA Early Childhood Administrators’ Network 
  • MI Association of School Administrators
  • MAISA General Education Leadership Network 
  • MI Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • MAISA Mathematics Leadership Team 
  • MI Assessment Consortium
  • MI Elementary and Middle School Principals Association 
  • MI Association of Computer Users in Learning
  • MI Mathematics and Science Center Network

In addition, the task force includes several Michigan-based faculty members from institutes of higher education: Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Task Force Leadership

The task force is led by co-chairs Kathy Peasley, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Gratiot-Isabella ISD, and Dana Gosen, Ph.D., Oakland Schools. The pair bring over 45 years of combined educational experience as well as strong school-based and academic experiences.

Vision for Task Force

  • Create a cohesive direction for mathematics education in Michigan
  • Develop a common understanding of how to strengthen early mathematics instruction across the state
  • Inform practice, professional learning, school improvement plans
  • Enhance existing instruction

Immediate Goals

  • Create a high functioning stakeholder task force
  • Support the task force in establishing and executing goals and strategies
  • Strengthen the focus on strong core instruction
  • Inform mathematics teaching and learning practices
  • Provide leaders with knowledge and skills to connect this work with continuous improvement

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Mathematics

Approved by the GELN on February 14, 2019 and currently in the process of being published.  An announcement will be made in late August or early September on the release date.

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Kathy Peasley

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Dana Gosen

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