Our five-year program will fund multi-disciplinary teams to co-create solutions that integrate executive function-building activities into high-quality, evidence-based math instruction through the following tracks:
Designing for Use Track
To be effective, education solutions must be designed with the user in mind, and in partnership with the user. In this program, the ‘user’ is students and teachers. The Designing for Use Track taps the expertise of educators and puts them at the core of our work as thought partners. Through this track, educators and prototyping teams will work together to co-design solutions that respect learner assets and growth opportunities, are adaptable and integrate with existing classroom practices.
Prototyping Track teams of researchers and developers will design and develop teacher- and student-centered learning systems that embed executive function training within high-quality math content and instruction. There will be a specific focus on building students’ conceptual foundations in math and multi-step problem solving. We are seeking bold ideas that can achieve breakthrough results by drawing from: (1) rigorous studies on how students learn math and math-relevant executive function skills, (2) educator expertise on how math is taught, within the assets and constraints of real-world classrooms, and (3) knowledge from designers and developers of programs or products that can achieve impact at scale.
APPLIED RESEARCH TRACK
The EF+Math program works directly with teachers to understand what they want and need to know about how their students learn. This may require innovations to make learning visible and actionable in real time. The goal is to help teachers provide personalized, differentiated instruction to individual students, especially in large classes. The goal of the Applied Research track is to develop these innovations for integration into the learning systems developed under the Prototyping track.
To support and measure program success, the EF+Math Program will conduct ongoing, rigorous evaluations throughout the discovery and development process. This work will be performed on two parallel tracks: rapid-cycle evaluation and long-term evaluation.