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ReEngaging Aspirational Learners (Getting REAL)

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Program Structure:
The CRR will provide schools with program materials and training to re-engage these learners in exciting mathematics experiences while meeting basic needs and intentionally developing connections to fully engage these aspirational learners in their education community. The program will work best as either an after-school program or a before-school program. This can dovetail with both 21st Century Learning Programs and Breakfast in the Classroom programs. The program has a simple structure, each session begins with a nutritious snack and a community connection activity. The youth then engage in a mathematical exploration or problem that is culturally relevant and interesting or provocative. A community discussion will follow the exploration, and lead directly to journaling. Each session will be aligned to the big ideas for the grade band as well as to the cluster statements in the academic standards. By aligning at this grain size, we are able to help the students understand the story of mathematics unfolding across their grade band. The program is not designed to replace on-grade-level instruction, but rather it will improve its efficacy by building the foundational ideas that may not have been learned from March 2020-June 2021. Each session will leverage mathematically powerful tools (manipulatives) to help youth build strong connected schema.

The program is not an “intervention” program for struggling learners, but rather a learning lab crafted specifically for the needs of these Aspirational Learners. The CRR will provide schools with training July 26-29 for all facilitators of the program.

Furthermore, the CRR will check in monthly with facilitators to support the implementation of the program and its success. This program (Getting REAL) will be available to all schools and districts across AZ at no charge.

Enrollment into each group will be based on the grade level the Aspirational learner enrolls in for Fall 2021: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-8.
**We are not serving students in high school through this program because students enrolled in Grades 9 and 10 would be best served using the 16 Algebra Lessons developed by and available on as their bridge to on-level instruction in the course they will enroll in for credit.


May 4th, 5:30 pm

May 11th, 12:00 pm, and 5:00 pm

May 13th, 12:00 pm, and 5:00 pm

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  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact UArizona Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR).
  • Phone No: 520-621-6866
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