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Nicora Placa was an elementary and middle school math teacher in New York City for several years. Her love of teaching and experiences in schools made her want to research ways to better support students and teachers so she pursued her Ph.D. in mathematics education at NYU.
Currently, she is an assistant professor at Hunter College where she teaches and develops high quality clinical experiences for pre-service educators, while also conducting research on professional learning. Nicora also continues to work with schools and districts to provide collaborative coaching and professional learning supports for in-service teachers and administrators.
Nicora is passionate about supporting teachers, honoring their expertise, and creating learning opportunities for them to hone their craft. Throughout her career, Nicora has written several articles and presented on strategies that can be used to improve mathematics learning for all students. She is constantly learning from the teacher teams she works with and is inspired by them to find new ways to help provide all students with opportunities to learn and love math.
In 6 Tools for Collaborative Mathematics Coaching, Nicora Placa lays out a clear path to help you become a trusted and effective math coach. Her “6 Tools” are flexible structures that you and your colleagues can use to learn together:
Building Teams: Fostering a Learning Community
Student Interviews: Learning to Listen
Visiting Classrooms: Developing Your Lens
Learning Walks: Focusing the Team on Students’ Thinking
Rehearsing Routines: Practicing with Colleagues
Lesson Study: Learning Collectively with Voice, Choice, and Agency
In this easy-to-use, practical guide, Placa introduces each of the 6 Tools with classroom vignettes, step-by-step guidelines for rollout, connections to the literature, resources for further research, planning templates, and opportunities for you to adapt the tool for your particular context.
Whether you're a new coach who loves teaching math to children but is new to adult education, or a more experienced coach who is looking for new strategies to engage your teams, 6 Tools for Collaborative Mathematics Coaching can help you create learning opportunities that honor teachers as professionals. With a collaborative coaching approach, you can improve teaching and learning across your school and for all your students.
"There’s so much to love about how 6 Tools is constructed." --Elham Kazemi
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