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

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Low Socio-Economic Status

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8

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Program Impact

The mission of US Math Recovery Council® is to transform numeracy education by connecting research with practice to empower educators to advance student mathematical thinking and success through Math Recovery® principles.  Math Recovery® professional development programs are used across the United States and in several countries.  According to program evaluations, participants overwhelmingly find our courses to be highly applicable and among the best professional development they have experienced.  District administrators find Math Recovery® courses provide a common language for discussion within a school and district.


Program Overview

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

Each course equips teachers with assessment and instructional tools that give them the strategies and skills they need to promote the advancement of students’ mathematical thinking and learning in whole numbers and fractions.  As a result, student engagement and confidence in doing mathematics improves and students’ learning of elementary number concepts and skills increases.

We offer two professional development course types, Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and Add+VantageMR®.  Each impact the work of district math leaders, classroom and support educators.  Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist course offers a strong coaching component and leadership courses to support district sustainability of Math Recovery® professional development programs.  Add+VantageMR® courses include three 4-day courses covering whole number arithmetic and fractions.

How To Get Involved

$12,000-$24,000 supports a school or district to host a course on-site.  Leadership courses provide in-district sustainability models allowing for full program implementation at a reduced rate.  Costs to develop a district leader are about $11,000 and includes a series of courses and coaching. 

Funders and Partners

SAGE publishing 


Mike Bush, Training and Outreach Manager

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Design Principles

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Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.