The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit is a set of professional development materials. The Toolkit features four separate modules. The second and fourth include a video
This module focuses on systematically recording information gained through analysis.
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The Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.
Mark Driscoll is the author of Fostering Geometric Thinking (2007) and Fostering Algebraic Thinking (1999) and their professional development companions,The Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit (2008) and The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit (2001)-all published by Heinemann. Through Heinemann Professional Development he presents further PD related to math teaching and learning. Mark is Codirector of the Center for Leadership and Learning Communities at Educational Development Center, Inc., where he has directed a range of teacher enhancement, leadership, and materials-development programs. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics (differential geometry) from Washington University in St. Louis and taught mathematics at Logos School, an alternative high school in inner-city St. Louis. He has been a member of the writing team for NCTM's Assessment Standards for School Mathematics and served as Editor of Mathematics Education Leadership, the journal of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, from 2003-2007. Mark has been named the recipient of the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). The award recognizes Mark's contributions to mathematics education over four decades as well as his work at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). He is the coauthor of Fostering Geometric Thinking and its accompanying toolkit, and author of Fostering Algebraic Thinking, the book Mathematics Teacher called "an important tool in our collective effort to improve the quality of mathematics instruction."
Johannah Nikula is a coauthor of a number of Heinemann professional development books and staff development materials. Her most recent are Lesson Study in Practice: A Mathematics Staff Development Course (2010) and the companion, A Mathematics Leaders Guide to Lesson Study in Practice (2010). She also coauthored Fostering Geometric Thinking (2007) and its professional development companion, the Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit (2008), both published by Heinemann. Her work has focused on professional development for middle and high school mathematics teachers that is grounded in the work of teaching through analysis of artifacts that reveal students' mathematical thinking and through the Japanese lesson-study process.
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