The Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center is excited to announce Math Masters, a new summer offering in collaboration with the Bouve College of Health Sciences Counseling & Department of Applied Psychology. Math Masters will align with the established Word Detectives reading program and will provide a small-group, individualized math boost for learners entering 2nd through 5th grade. The program will provide quality, research-validated math instruction and content engagement to ensure math skills remain intact with the goal of improvement during time when students are not in school.
The Math Masters program integrates specialized math instruction with daily, engaging enrichment activities. Before beginning the program, learners’ math skills will be evaluated through evidence-based assessment methods. The results will be utilized to establish baseline levels of math performance, in addition to placing learners in groups with similar skillsets.
Math Masters will be held during afternoon hours to allow learners to take part in the morning Word Detectives program (though participation in the WD program is not required for Math Masters). During each four-hour session, children will participate in two instructional sessions and two application activities based upon increasing their own specific math goals.
All students will receive evidence-based, explicit direct instruction through the Corrective Mathematics math remediation curriculum, in addition to other technologies derived from the science of learning. Application activities will be geared toward transferring skills outside of the direct instruction realm. Additionally, learners will be given ample opportunity for movement-based activities and a snack break.
DATES: Monday – Thursday, July 5 – 29, 2021
Math Masters Summer Program Schedule
Opening Meeting & Ticket-In
First Instructional Session
Snack & Outside
Second Instructional Session
Ticket-Out & Closing Meeting
*Learners attending both Word Detectives and Math Masters will have a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
**Early drop off for Math Masters only learners will be available for a $12 fee. These learners will have lunch with the learners from the Word Detectives program.
As part of participation, families will receive a progress report detailing the results of all math evaluations and the type of instruction delivered over the course of the program. Parents are also invited to meet with the Northeastern faculty members leading the program during the course of the program to discuss progress and address any concerns about math skillsets.
The Math Masters program offers a scientifically validated approach to math instruction that focuses on the foundation skills for which advanced mathematics skills are built upon. The program incorporates practices proven essential to effective, efficient instruction including small homogeneous groups, use of evidence-based instruction, parental involvement, and ongoing progress monitoring. In addition, the program embeds research-based motivational strategies, designed to encourage persistence, engagement, and methods to promote independent learning into every aspect of instruction. We will do this by building programs on your learner’s specific needs.
Math Masters is a personalized learning experience, meeting your child wherever they are. This is accomplished through assessment and placements that ensure appropriate instructional match and help to build confidence and enthusiasm.
Learners will be given the opportunity to chart their own progress as they complete lessons, build skills, and apply what they have learned to games, activities, crafts, cooking, science, and more. Target skills will align with Common Core standards to promote transfer of learned skills to school in the fall.
Math Masters employs evidence-based technologies geared toward enhancing learners’ motivation within math-based activities. We will promote autonomy, belonging, and competence, while pairing math with success, accomplishment, and fun. We will practice problem solving to establish persistence when barriers arise to mitigate any blocks to learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the goals of the Math Masters Summer Program?
Our goal is to bridge the gap learners may have gained during the last year of math instruction. Specifically, we hope that students learn foundational skills that will benefit any mathematician, giving them a head start for math in the 2021-2022 school year.
2. What sets us apart from other summer math programs?
We incorporate elements of some of the most prevalent evidence-based math programs, which are solidly grounded in the science of learning and behavior. All programing will be centered on the needs and current levels of the learners, built on curriculum-based assessments and consistent progress monitoring. The learning experiences will include use of Corrective MathTM, a Direct Instruction curriculum which has been proven to result in fast skill acquisition. Additionally, students will learn to track and assess their own progress, creating the opportunity to build confidence and pride in their own math skills.
3. Is my child a fit for Math Masters? How does the application process work?
The purpose of this program is to provide a resource for students who have experienced a barrier to effective instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus fallen behind on their math skills. Our application process is designed to ensure that the program is a “good fit” for your child’s learning needs.
The application process will review of the application materials by the program faculty, including review of parent and teacher statements. Additionally, a virtual math screen will be scheduled for acceptance into the program.
In general, our program is appropriate for students of average or above average intellectual potential that are under- achieving in math. Our program is not appropriate for students with primary emotional or behavioral difficulties. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis with the first review of applications occurring in mid-March.
4. What does a typical day look like?
Please see the Math Masters website for a detailed schedule. The camp will run Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with drop off at 12:45pm. Students attending Word Detectives in the morning will transition after lunch. Pre- and post-session assessments will be scheduled in June and August respectively.
Each day will consist of:
Explicit Instruction- Small group or individual instruction using Corrective MathTM programing
Fluency and progress monitoring- Students build automaticity with foundational mathematics skills and students graphing their own progress
Generalization Application Activities — Games, puzzles, art, and science projects that utilized concepts learned in instructional lessons and will carry over to activities students encounter in school
Movement Breaks- frequent breaks to get up and move!
5. When will I see my child’s assessment results?
Following registration, each student will be scheduled to visit the Center to complete a pre-program assessment. Scores from the pre-assessments are used, along with a review of the student’s application materials, to create well-balanced instructional groupings of students with similar skill profiles.
At the end of the program, we will give each child a small battery of post-assessments. Families will receive their child’s pre/post assessment results following the conclusion of the program. These results will be presented within a progress report detailing the nature of their child’s profile, type of instruction delivered over the course of the program, and some suggested recommendations for the school year. You are welcome to view graphs of progress throughout the summer.
6. How often will I receive communication throughout the summer?
Families will receive a weekly newsletter that contains relevant parent resources, photos of the children in action, and classroom-specific information about the content that has been covered. In addition, during the third week of the program, we will reach out to invite any families who are interested in meeting with the head teachers and staff to discuss their child’s progress.
Finally, we encourage you to email the program directors and/or your child’s head teacher if you have any questions during the program.
7. How much progress can I expect my child to make
We emphasize to families that our program is only 20 days long and we are realistic about the types of gains we can expect students to make in such a short period of time. We measure progress in multiple ways and will make decisions about programing based on your child’s own progress throughout the camp.
The Math Masters team will consist of Northeastern University faculty and graduate students from the School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis programs. Faculty will design programing, conduct assessments, develop and implement staff training, and make on-going data-driven programing decisions. Each graduate student will facilitate instructional and application sessions for groups of no more than three learners throughout the program and conduct day-to-day activities.
Opportunities for communication will be given throughout the program. Weekly progress will be sent home on Thursday, with a summary report outlining the progress throughout the summer by the end of August.
Robin S. Codding
Nicole M. Davis
PhD., BCBA, LABA
Applications are due April 16th and will be reviewed by Dr. Robin S. Codding and Dr. Nicole M. Davis. Following review, appropriate matches will be contacted to schedule a brief remote screening assessment.
Speech and Language Center
30 Leon Street, Behrakis 503
Boston, MA 02115
Attn: Math Masters Program
Children attend our program because they are “behind” in mathematics skills in comparison to their peers but have not been diagnosed with a formal learning disability. The application process is designed to ensure that the program is a good match for your child’s learning needs.