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Principles to Actions Professional Learning Toolkit

Principles to Actions Professional Learning Toolkit: Teaching and Learning

Purpose - Develop materials to support teacher learning of the Eight Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices.

Each grade-band module engages teachers in analyzing instructional artifacts (e.g., mathematical tasks, narrative and video cases, student work samples) in order to help them refine or develop practices that support the learning of all students.

Achieve the Core website

Achieve the Core

Free, ready-to-use classroom resources designed to help educators understand and implement the Iowa Standards. (Jason Zimba was a lead writer of the State Standards for Mathematics and is a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners.)


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Tools to design instruction that supports all students to meet Iowa Core expectations in mathematics.

Mathematical Content and Practice Standards - Resources for understanding and implementation

Instructional Practices - Resources for understanding Mathematics Instruction

Teacher Resources - Resources for teachers to use for classroom instruction

Submit Iowa Core Instruction Questions, Comments, and Suggestions


Tools to engage in assessment for learning and assessment of learning the Iowa Core in mathematics.

Formative - Resources for understanding formative assessments

Standardized Assessment - Resources for large scale assessments

Submit Iowa Core Assessment Questions, Comments, and Suggestions

Professional Development

Tools to use in professional development in mathematics.

Professional Learning - Resources for individual and self-paced learning

Professional Development Resources - Resources for use with PLC or District-Wide

Professional Events - Resources for in-state, regional, and national conferences

Submit Iowa Core Professional Development Questions, Comments, and Suggestions

Brooke FischelsI formerly served as the President of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which represents hundreds of PreK-16 math educators across our state. ICTM has worked hard to build a quality conference around the central tenets of the Iowa Core for many years.  We are always encouraging educators to present their work to help the community of Iowa math educators align their content and instructional practices to the Iowa Core.

On a personal level, I have taught for 17 years, and the advent of the Iowa Core has provided our district a collaborative framework to build our content and instructional pedagogies in line with schools on a national level.  Virtually every educational resource is aligned to the Iowa Core, thus opening so many more ways for us tap into resources to develop student learning and conceptual understanding.  This contrasts from the days when we “crosswalked” our district standards to state assessments, local assessments, and other state’s standards.  Those were excellent tasks, but the time to do that work was extraordinary.  Now, we can focus our efforts to ensure that all students are receiving the rigorous Iowa Core standards.  The time to plan for implementation can and should not be underestimated.

I believe the Iowa Core to be more comprehensive and ambitious than our former district standards.  We have worked locally to map out the courses that will introduce, develop, or master the Iowa Core math standards, and continue to review of those decisions.  Earlier in my career, there was never an emphasis placed on whether every student received meaningful instruction on all of our standards.  So, the Iowa Core has gone a long way to enhance equality and quality of the content we teach.

The prevalence of mathematical modeling in the Iowa Core is also very exciting.  It is a passion of mine to have students use mathematics meaningfully, and the Iowa Core places a high importance on representing data and patterns in our work.  I’m pleased to see how much power that has brought to our lessons and feel the enrichment of the content with modeling is one of the Iowa Core’s greatest achievements.