California's math framework: Where do we go from here?

California’s twice-revised framework for K-12 math instruction is on pause, likely for months, as the California Department of Education considers hundreds of line-by-line changes and lengthy critiques that call for an extensive rewrite of a nearly 1,000-page document. They reflect disagreements over how math should be taught and over which high school courses would enable students to meet their post-high school goals.

Many K-12 math teachers support the framework’s call for a vastly different approach to math instruction; many college professors worry the proposed framework would leave too many college-bound students unprepared for STEM careers.

Watch a panel of distinguished educators and experts as they talk through their differences and seek common ground for moving forward.

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Rori Abernethy

Math teacher | San Francisco Unified School District

Rori Abernethy is a math teacher and coach at the San Francisco Unified School District. She has been a mentor with the UC Berkeley Cal Teach Program and the EnCorps STEM Program.

Kyndall Brown

Executive director | California Mathematics Project Statewide Office

Kyndall Brown is the executive director of the California Mathematics Project Statewide Office. He has been a professional development provider for schools and districts in Los Angeles County for over 25 years and taught high school math for 13 years.

Brian Conrad

Professor of mathematics and director of undergraduate studies in math | Stanford University

Brian Conrad is a professor of mathematics and director of undergraduate studies in math at Stanford University. He was extensively involved in  revising Stanford’s introductory math courses that serve students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. He has commented extensively on the state’s proposed math framework.

Brian Lindaman

Co-faculty director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Instruction | California State University, Chico

Brian Lindaman is the co-faculty director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Instruction at California State University, Chico. He chaired the committee that drafted the California math framework.

Cole Sampson

Administrator of professional learning and student support | Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Cole Sampson is the administrator of professional learning and student support for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Cole has previously held positions as a 6th-12 grade math teacher, K-8 principal and TK-12 mathematics coordinator. He served on the Curriculum Frameworks Criteria Committee.

Katherine Stevenson

Professor of mathematics | California State University, Northridge

Kate Stevenson is a math professor at California State University, Northridge and was chair of the American Mathematical Society’s Committee on Education from 2018-2021. In 2016, she co-chaired the California State University’s Quantitative Reasoning Task Force, which developed recommendations for quantitative reasoning in California’s public education system.

John Fensterwald

Panel moderator; Editor-At-Large | EdSource

John Fensterwald joined EdSource in 2012. He is editor at large at EdSource, focusing on state education policy.

Anne Vasquez

Panel moderator; Executive Director | EdSource

Anne Vasquez is EdSource’s executive director. Prior to taking the helm at EdSource, she served as director of content and strategic initiatives, helping shape editorial strategy, grow partnerships and expand the organization’s footprint throughout California. Previously, Anne was an executive at Tribune Publishing, where she served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives and chief digital officer.