Speech and Language Programs
The Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center is excited to announce Math Masters, a summer offering in collaboration with the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Counseling & Department of Applied Psychology. Math Masters aligns with the established Word Detectives reading program and will provide a small-group, individualized math boost for learners entering 2nd through 6th 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 times 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 skill sets.
Math Masters will be held during morning or afternoon hours to allow learners to take part in the morning Word Detectives program (though participation in the Word Detectives 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 remediation curriculum, word problem solving through Solving Math Word Problems, and fluency-based instruction and evaluation, 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: July 10 – August 3, 2023
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.
Applications will be reviewed by Dr. Robin S. Codding and Dr. Nicole M. Davis. Following review, appropriate matches are given the option of assessment dates prior to the start of the program. All learners must complete a screening assessment prior to the start of the program.
*Learners attending both Word Detectives and Math Masters will have a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. *Early drop-off for afternoon or late pick-up for morning 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 skill sets.
Program Tuition: $2300
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Once accepted, a $300 deposit is required to secure a spot in the program. Full tuition is due no later than March 15, 2023.
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.
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 2023-2024 school year.
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 MathematicsTM, a Direct Instruction curriculum which has been proven to result in fast skill acquisition, and Solving Math Word Problems, a scripted program using schema-based instruction. Fluency training will be incorporated to support students’ mastery of foundational math skills through student-centered strategy building. Additionally, students will learn to track and assess their own progress and build an individualized book of math strategies, creating the opportunity to build confidence and pride in their own math skills.
The purpose of this program is to provide a resource for students who have experienced barriers to effective instruction, and thus fallen behind on their math skills. In general, our program is appropriate for students of average or above average intellectual potential who are underachieving in math. Our program is not appropriate for students with primary emotional or behavioral difficulties. 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 the application materials by the program faculty, including review of parent and teacher statements. Upon acceptance, one pre-program assessment session will be required prior to the start of the program to determine baseline performance and appropriate student groupings. Three assessment dates will be offered for the assessment session, and all learners must attend one session to participate in the program. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis with the first review of applications occurring in mid-January.
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 in an evaluation report that will also describe the 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.
Families will receive a weekly newsletter that contains 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.
I joined the ACT program in order to improve my pronunciation. My instructor, Jordan Piel, helped me identify specific areas of improvement, suggested a variety of vocal exercises, and helped me set weekly goals. Jordan was friendly, easy-going, and supportive throughout the program, which reduced the anxiety of working with a speech coach. By the end of the program, I had made significant progress with my pronunciation and had become a much more confident communicator.”