Math Recovery


Hands down, this is the most applicable and exciting teacher training I have ever had! I feel empowered to be able to really effect student's understanding of not just how to do math, but how numbers and math work! - Add+VantageMR® Course participant, Ludington, MI

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training

Target Audience

All Students

American Indian/Alaskan Native

Low Socio-Economic Status




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8

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Program Impact

Math Recovery® teaching is having the right task, for the right student, at the right time. This is done through three core elements of our professional development courses. 

1) Educator Development: 

We increase knowledge relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics, which facilitates improvements in instructional practices. 

2) Student Assessment: 

We use dynamic diagnostic assessments to understand a student’s current thinking.  Then, building upon students’ current knowledge, learning progressions provide a framework to guide instructional decisions. 

3) Instructional Strategies: 

We promote student inquiry and purposeful selection of teaching topics, instructional settings and tasks within your current math curriculum. 

Combined, these lead to proven and long-term improvement in student mathematics performance. Math Recovery professional development is built on the foundation of strong ongoing research. (see  As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization our mission is to transform numeracy education, connect research with practice and empower educators to advance student mathematical thinking and success through Math Recovery principles. 


Program Overview

US Math Recovery Council® professional development courses increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of how children think about and learn mathematics.

The Math Recovery® professional development opportunities are aimed at a variety of mathematics educator roles and grade levels: 

Classroom teacher/Special Education/Title I teachers: 

Add+VantageMR® Course 1 –Grades K-4 

Add+VantageMR® Course 2 –Grades 1-5 

Add+VantageMR® Fractions –Grades 3-8 

Our Add+VantageMR® courses empower teachers to use dynamic diagnostic assessments to make data-driven instructional decisions. 


Mathematics Specialists/Leaders/Coaches: 

Math Recovery® Specialist Part 1  

Math Recovery® Specialist Part 2 

Our Math Recovery Specialist courses provide a complete intervention curriculum to participants preparing them to provide targeted intervention and support mathematics initiatives. 

Courses for those who want to teach Math Recovery® to others in their district: 

Add+VantageMR® Champion 

Add+VantageMR® Fractions Champion 

Math Recovery® Specialist Leader 

Participants who have taken our leadership courses are able to scale delivery of Math Recovery® professional development to enact cost-effective systemic change. 

All Math Recovery® courses have the opportunity to earn college credit. 

How To Get Involved

An investment of $51,000 allows 30 teachers to attend an Add+VantageMR course, develops a math interventionist through the Math Recovery® Specialist course Part 1 and 2 and trains an in-district Math Coach to deliver and support Math Recovery® professional development. Training an in-district Math Coach to deliver Math Recovery® content provides long term, cost-effective program sustainability. US Math Recovery Council® collaborates with districts to determine a professional development plan based on their unique and diverse needs.

Funders and Partners

Massachusetts Department of Education 

Michigan Department of Education 

Albuquerque Public Schools 

Fairfax County Public Schools 

Spokane Public Schools

Green Bay Area Public Schools 

SAGE publishing 


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