The Mathematics and Academic Language Link
Mar Vista Middle and Senior High School
- Contact Person:
- Sidney Porch, Principal
Mar Vista Middle School
1267 Thermal Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154
Fax (619) 423-8431
- Project Partners:
- UC San Diego
San Diego State University
- Project Director(s):
The Mathematics and
Academic Language Link will unite critical stakeholders in
a systemic effort to develop the theoretical framework, strategies,
and activities that will empower all Mar Vista students (as
well as their parents and community members) to more effectively
use academic language to learn mathematics.
Our partnership targets youth from ethnically-diverse and
low-socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds who are currently
denied successful experiences in college-preparatory mathematics
in secondary school and at the community college and who are
underrepresented in higher education. This project will provide
important information and learning experiences for teachers
to help these diverse students succeed. The Mathematics and
Academic Language Link will enable more students to gain mathematical
power-a power that will help insure their success in higher
education and in productive careers.
Most critical needs to be addressed in the project:
- This partnership will produce a collection of effective
strategies, activities and resources to address the academic
language needs of mathematics students.
- This partnership will develop and maintain a project
portfolio which chronicles the progress of the project and
which includes the voices and contributors of all partners.
- Participating teachers, administrators, students, parents,
business representatives and community members will learn
current theory and practice of using academic language skills
to learn mathematics.
- This partnership will integrate effective student support
services with a focus on academic language and content-area
- This partnership will provide both students and their
families with the awareness, information and skills needed
to use mathematical language in appropriate situations characteristic
of the university and the workplace of the future.
- This partnership will evolve to reflect the needs of
the participating students during each of its three years.
Anticipated major project outcomes to be achieved by
the end of the project (1999):
- Too few students from MVH pursue four-year degrees upon
- Too few students from MVH who go on to Southwestern Community
College successfully transfer to four-year universities.
- Students at MVH do not complete enough University of California
- Too few students at MVH succeed in advanced college preparatory
- Students at MVH do not have an awareness of the skills
and attitudes needed for success in the twenty-first-century
- Students at MVM are not aware of the classes they need
to take at MVH in order to be qualified to enter four-year
universities upon graduation from high school.
- Mathematics teachers at MVM and MVH seek help in meeting
the academic language needs of students in their integrated
- Students at MVM and MVH do not have diverse role models
who are successful in service-sector jobs which require
a high degree of mathematical and technical competence.
- Students at MVM and MVH need literacy skills that will
enable them to effectively read, present, and discuss mathematical
- Partners will pledge commitment to continue collaboration
and maintenance of the sincere, practical, and trusting
relationship established by Implementation Grant activities.
- More students will gain admission into four-year universities.
- Students will complete more University of California "A-F"
- More students will succeed in advanced college preparatory
- Teachers at MVM, MVH and other sites will have access
to strategies and resources which have been found to be
effective in enhancing students' abilities to use academic
language to learn mathematics.
- Academic support programs on both the MVM and the MVH
campuses will continue well-articulated service of all needy
- Teachers throughout the SUHSD and other districts will
have learned of this project's activities and successes
as a result of presentations, inservices, and shared communication.
- Videotapes of project activities, group discussions, and
expert presentations will serve as a reference for other
teachers, parents, and community members regarding the role
played by academic language in mathematics learning.
- Partners will have challenged current policies regarding
assessment of mathematical abilities, admission into four-year
universities, and prediction of mathematical success or
- Students will be able to articulate the skills and attitudes
sought by the employers of the 21st century workforce.