This study explores the ways middle school mathematics teachers implement standards-based curriculum materials in urban schools. It takes the view that instructional materials are cultural tools and examines how teachers use these tools to plan and implement the curriculum in their classrooms. The study is using a mixed methods approach that combines surveys of teachers in 30 schools in the Newark Public Schools district and closer observations of teachers in selected case schools.
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Jessica Tybursky Nuzzi is working on completing her dissertation at Montclair State University on shifting math teaching practices towards reform-oriented standards via a coteaching professional development model and is a Research Assistant on the project “Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Resources and Support” with Dr. Eileen Murray. She is previously a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where she was a Research Assistant supervised by Karen D. King, Ph. D. on the project “Teachers’ Use of Standards-based Instructional Materials”. Jessica teaches high school mathematics in West Orange, New Jersey. Jessica graduated from Montclair State with a Master of Arts in Teaching and from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.