Intel Math Program


“After Intel Math, I am far and away a better math teacher than I could possibly have been otherwise,”

-- Teacher

Program Type

Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based

Target Audience

All Students

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8

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Program Impact

Research shows that Intel math substantially improves K-8 teachers' computational skills, their conceptual understanding of math, and their confidence as teachers of math. The program has a vision has a vision to reach 13,500 teachers, and more than a million students, over the next 5 years, at a cost of roughly $2,25 million each year. Districts across the country are eager to join the effort.


Program Overview

Intel Math helps K-8 teachers deepen their understanding of mathematics through problem-solving. It is an 80-hour professional development course in math content taught collaboratively by practicing mathematicians and a math educators.

Intel Math is designed to compensate for deficiencies in the mathematics training of elementary school teachers who aren't equipped to prepare their students for challenging mathematics. It places emphasis on deepening the teacher participants' understanding of core K-8 mathematics concepts.

Intel Math is grounded in a problem-solving approach to topics such as integer arithmetic, the decimal number system, place value, rational number arithmetic, rates, linear equations, and functions. Connections are made throughout the course as multiple representations of solutions are examined with each problem.

Intel Math was adapted from the Vermont Math Initiative developed by Dr. Ken Gross. The Pedagogy comprises approximately 10 percent of the course. Classroom transfer is addressed primarily through opportunities to analyze student work, and instructor modeling. The program is well-aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, both in the standards for mathematical practices as well as the content standards.

How To Get Involved

It costs roughly $75,000 to provide professional development for 30 teachers, and those teachers in turn can reach about 3,000 students each year--and many more over the course of their teaching careers. School districts often cover a portion of this cost.

Funders and Partners

The Arizona Board of Regents The Arizona Department of Education The Connecticut Department of Education The Helios Foundation The Institute for Mathematics and Education The Intel Foundation The Massachusetts Department of Education The Michigan Department of Education The New Hampshire Department of Education The Silicon Valley Leadership Group


Aubrey Neihaus, Project Manager

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