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  1. Academic Youth Development Improving Achievement by Reshaping Students’ Academic Identities Transforming the Algebra Classroom Culture

  2. Academic Youth Development • AYD helps students develop: • Positive academic identities—as learners who recognize, value, and seek out high-quality education • Knowledge and skills—to help create and contribute to a learning community

  3. Primary Goals of AYD • Build positive, persistent academic identities among students • Improve student achievement in Algebra I and in high school mathematics • Increase the capacity for teaching to rigorous mathematics standards • Build a classroom culture that fosters respectful engagement in academics

  4. Algebra is a gatekeeper Many districts report 50% or more of all 9th-grade students fail Algebra I Students face: Increased college and workforce expectations Increased high school graduation requirements Inadequate preparation and problem-solving skills The transition from middle school mathematics to Algebra I is crucial Why focus on the transition to Algebra I?

  5. What is Academic Youth Development? • AYD is: • A program that reshapes student beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about learning • A program for “regular students” to help ensure they start high school on the right track • A program designed to create and support a classroom culture of respectful engagement • A program that fosters success in high school and beyond • A program that transforms the way teachers approach their students and their teaching practices

  6. What is Academic Youth Development? • AYD is not: • For students seriously behind • Credit recovery • Pre-teaching of Algebra I • Only a summer mathematics class 5

  7. Model of the AYD program

  8. Model of Professional Development • The Agile Mind Institute  • This is a regional professional development conference designed to support the needs and interests of a diverse audience of teachers implementing the AYD program. • Advisor Sessions • At the campus during the academic year, an Agile Mind advisor works directly with teachers and leaders to support the implementation of AYD.

  9. AYD changes beliefs and attitudes • Malleable intelligence. Intelligence is shaped by our actions and beliefs. • Effective effort. They believe that getting better requires the right kind of effort. • Attribution. Students learn to attribute their successes and failures to things that are within their control.

  10. AYD changes the classroom culture • Students experience a transformed classroom in which: • Engagement, participation, positive motivation, and risk-taking are developed and embraced • They don’t have to choose between being smart or being cool • Effort and persistence are recognized and valued • Mutual accountability is fostered and expected

  11. “It’s not all about math—it helps me understand how to learn in new ways” “It’s a good way to meet new friends and get to know my teachers” “It’s fun because it has numerous hands-on activities” “Now, I don't give up when I can't find out the answers...I try another way to do it." “This would be good for all students” What students say about AYD

  12. Teachers come out of AYD with the clear understanding that all students are capable of learning mathematics. Seeing a change in students’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviors over the course of the program reaffirms and re-energizes teachers in their work. AYD changes teachers’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviors • AYD transforms the way teachers approach their students and teaching practices.

  13. “Where were you 20 years ago?!” What teachers say about AYD • “This program reminds me of why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.” “AYD has had a major impact in my teaching practice because I focus and look at curriculum in a different way. I look for ways to help more people learn the same thing.”

  14. Getting smarter.Understanding the impact of learning on the brain Effective effort.Using multiple problem-solving strategies to persist through struggle Self-beliefs.Understanding the effects of thoughts and feelings on learning and achievement Motivation and attributions.Understanding control over learning Metacognition.Applying “learning about learning” strategies in problem-solving situations Learning with peers.Understanding the importance of good communication Mathematics instruction. Learning key mathematical concepts that equip students for success in Algebra AYD online curriculum topics

  15. Boston Public Schools Chelsea Public Schools Revere Public Schools Haverhill Public Schools Fitchburg Public Schools Monson Public Schools New Bedford Public Schools Current AYD Partners in Massachusetts

  16. Contact Brian Newsom The Charles A Dana Center bnewsom@austin.utexas.edu Phillip McCarty Agile Mind pmccarty@agilemind.com