Resources - Mathematics

In Maine, how schools implement standards is entirely a local decision. The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources that educators may find helpful as part of our commitment to supporting Maine's learning community.

  • Instructional Resources:
    • Designing Shifts-aligned Interventions in the Math Classroom: An article from Achieve the Core discussing common misunderstandings and recommendations to support student learning in mathematics.
    • K-8 Standards by Domain: These documents provide a vertical look at the standards within a domain across the K-8 grade span.
    • Illustrative Mathematics Project. Curriculum, professional learning, sample tasks aligned to content standards and practice standards, sample course blueprints, and fraction progressions.
    • Inside Mathematics. Inside Mathematics has worked closely with mathematics education leaders involved in the creation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to align the resources. These classroom video vignettes can be used to see and hear what Common Core-aligned instruction looks like, as well as to support professional learning opportunities within your own department, school and district.
    • Mathematics At Work Brochures. Aligned to the CCSSM for middle and high school, these brochures may be helpful for teachers looking to answer the question, “When will I ever us math?” Achieve developed these brochures to examine how higher-level mathematics is used in today’s workplaces. The brochures are downloadable as PDFs and are aligned to the CCSSM.
    • Progression Documents for the Common Core. This project provides narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across grade levels, informed both by research on children’s cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.
    • Response to Intervention (RTI). The RTI system integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize achievement and to reduce behavior problems in all students. (Link coming soon!)
    • Student Achievement Partners (SAP) Resources. SAP's upgraded website is a must-use source for all things Common Core. SAP has added the following new resources:
      • Focus by Grade Level: These documents illustrate the major work of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.
      • Professional Development Modules: Ready-to-use modules include PowerPoints, facilitator's instructions, and hands-on activities with all the necessary resources.
      • Coaching Tool: The Instructional Practice Guide Coaching Tool (IPG) is designed around the three Core Actions that encompass the Shifts in instructional practice required by college- and career-ready standards.
      • The Coherence Map: An interactive tool specifically designed to illuminate the coherent connections of the standards within and across grade levels.
    • The Teaching Channel. The Teaching Channel has multiple video clips of teachers implementing and teaching lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. You can use these videos to see and hear what Common Core-aligned instruction looks like.
    • Youcubed at Stanford University
      Math resources and tools to support a growth mindset. Many of the resources were developed by Jo Boaler, a leader in mathematics education.
        • Teaching Ideas (Growth Mindset, Number Sense, Depth not Speed, Math Apps & Games)
        • Tasks – Searchable rich math tasks
        • Videos – (Number Talks, Brain Science, Enquiry Based Learning, etc.)
  • Research & Policy:
  • Professional Organizations:

    State & Regional

    • The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM). This non-profit organization encourages and assists the improvement of the teaching of mathematics at all levels and facilitates communications among teachers, administrators and the community about math learning. ATOMIM holds an annual conference, conducts regional professional development and publishes a quarterly newsletter.
    • Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE). ATMNE coordinates the efforts of six New England member states in order to facilitate increased interest in mathematics, to secure improvements in the teaching of mathematics, to establish close relations among teachers and users of mathematics and to link organizations of mathematics teachers in New England into one cohesive association. The association holds an annual meeting and publishes a newsletter as well as the New England Math Journal.


    • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). The largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education – it includes over 1,000 members supporting the preservice education and professional development of preK-16 teachers of mathematics.
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). This council offers a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. NCTM holds national and regional conferences each year, provides online professional development, publishes numerous mathematics education resources, and has a website loaded with teaching resources. Most of the website is open to all, but some “Members Only” sections exist.
    • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). Provides support in leadership in mathematics education through professional development, position papers and networking across the nation. NCSM holds national and regional conferences each year, provides online professional development and publishes mathematics education resources. A few sections of the website are open to "Members Only."
    • TODOS: Mathematics for All. This organization advocates for an equitable and high quality math education for all students – in particular, Hispanic/Latino students – by increasing the equity to foster students’ proficiency in rigorous and coherent mathematics.
    • Women and Mathematics Education (WME). WME promotes the mathematics education of girls and women.
  • Other Resources:
    • Mathematics Listserv. The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance sponsors a listserv for math educators in Maine. Free membership in this list connects you with math teachers around the state. Many organizations, including the Maine Department of Education, use the Maine math listserv to get information out to teachers.
    • Maine DOE Data Warehouse. This powerful tool can help educators improve student achievement and the public learn more about Maine’s schools. In addition to hosting the State’s school report cards, the Data Warehouse offers accessible, understandable data on test scores, school spending, student and staff populations, and much more.
    • Center for Best Practice. The Department's Center for Best Practice, supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, was established to focus on research and reporting related to proficiency-based systems in Maine. It will serve as a clearinghouse of materials, support and case studies related to learner-centered instructional practices.