TeachingWorks, an organization founded by Deborah Ball and housed at the University of Michigan School of Education, was recently featured by the university on their Michigan Impact website. The website shares stories about the many ways the University of Michigan is making a positive difference throughout the state of Michigan.

The story and accompanying video on TeachingWorks highlight the Grand Rapids Mathematics Collaborative, a partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Valley State University. The partnership aims to advance a program of professional learning, development, and support to improve mathematics teaching in grades 3 through 8 in the greater Grand Rapids area. In addition to Ball, the story features Thomas Standifer II, principal of Mulick Park Elementary School, Tiffany Ancel, a teacher at Mulick Park Elementary School, and Alex Kuiper, a teacher at Godfrey Elementary School. In discussing the TeachingWorks approach, Ball says, “it’s about making teacher education much more about the practice of teaching directly, much more about learning the subject matter content in a way that enables you to actually help a child learn.”

Read the story here.

Watch a video about the partnership here.