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Tuesday, June 18 • 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Aligning Core Math Instruction and Math Intervention: Supporting Students Across the Tiers

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Within a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), students who struggle to learn math often receive core math instruction and supplemental math intervention in different settings, with different sets of curriculum materials, and different teachers. Research notes that misalignment between core and intervention materials (Gersten, 2016) can be problematic. For example, intervention materials may cover fewer topics in greater depth or use different instructional methods or vocabulary to teach similar skills (Fuchs et al., 2016), compared to core instruction. For students who receive intervention, this misalignment may result in additional confusion because of the inability to generalize skills, incomplete or conflicting instruction and expectations, and instruction in general education settings that may not be at their level. This presentation will increase participants understanding of the characteristics of students with math difficulty, knowledge of alignment and misalignment of math practices and vocabulary and how to connect skills across the tiers that can lead to a deeper understanding and student success.


Kathleen Pfannenstiel

American Institutes for Research
Kathleen Hughes Pfannenstiel, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research. Currently, Dr. Pfannenstiel is principle investigator for an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) model demonstration grant. Additionally, she serves as a content specialist and... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm PDT
Ballroom B