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Funded by the National Science Foundation

ROOT - Researching Order of Teaching

Improving Grades 6-8 students’ mathematics achievement in modeling and problem solving through effective sequencing of instructional practices.

Funded by a $3 million grant from the NSF, we are a teacher-researcher alliance of Idaho educators working to improve middle grades math achievement in modeling and problem solving. For more information, please email

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COVID-19 Cancellation - Summer Institute

ROOT Program Update

The June ROOT Summer Institute was canceled due to COVID-19.  At the recommendation of our School Partner Advisory Panel, we have shifted the dates to the following:

  • 1 Online Module ~ Due November 1, 2020
  • 1 Online Synchronous meeting (pick one):
    • Sat, Oct 24, 9-10:30AM
    • Tue, Oct 27, 4-5:30 PM
    • Wed, Oct 28, 7-8:30 PM
  • 2 In-Person Meetings ~ Jan 23, Feb 6

More information to come.


ROOT Module #3 - SOS in Focus

  • To Prepare: Try an EAC routine in your classroom, be ready to talk about it. Identify a lesson you’re planning to use soon, to think about adapting for SOS.

Slides - SOS in Focus

Interactive Slides

Online Submissions

5 forms, embedded in the slides
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

ROOT Module #2 - EAC in Focus


Slides - EAC in Focus


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Saturday, Feb 1st, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

ROOT Module #1 - Intro to ROOT


Slides - Intro to ROOT

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Fall/Winter/Spring 2020

Teaching Studies

The focus of Year 2 efforts is identifying and articulating promising strategies for implementing EAC and SOS.

View Fall Module Slides



About ROOT




How do I submit my classroom lessons?

Each year, ROOT teachers will choose 3 lessons that illustrate what they each consider to be effective math instruction in their context. Please see the Lesson Submission Guidelines, then use the Lesson Submission Form to upload artifacts.

How do I record video?

ROOT staff will provide you shared equipment for recording classroom video. See Using Swivl for details.

What are the Year 1 stipend payments?

  • Payment #1, $450, after 3 lesson submissions, ~ 1 month after submission
  • Payment #2, $300, after completing Spring Modules, ~ Apr 3
  • Payment #3, $750, after completing Summer Institute, ~ July 31

Do we need parent/guardian permission forms?

As a research project, we need informed consent of parents/guardians of students who may be video recorded as part of teachers’ lesson submissions. If you know which class(es) you’ll choose to record, then you can skip the permission slips in your other classes. Email for more information, including online, printable, and Spanish-language versions of the permission form.


How do I apply?

Please submit the brief ROOT Application form. The deadline for priority selection was September 30, 2019.

What are the teacher commitments?

Teachers will participate in PD activities (see timeline), select and utilize sequences of research based instructional practices in their classroom, and continue with the project for all 3 years.

What are the school commitments?

Partnered schools will encourage teacher participation, administer the mid-year math assessment, and submit student math assessment data (within the data security protocols).

How much are the stipends that will be given?

Teachers will receive a stipend each year of participation: $1500 for year 1, $2000 for year 2, and $2500 in year 3.

Do all math teachers at a school need to participate?

No, thought we prioritize schools with at least half of eligible teachers participating.

Will teachers need to use new curriculum?

No, teachers will utilize teaching strategies designed for any curriculum

Will this project disrupt existing initiatives?

The project is meant to support, not replace, teachers’ existing efforts to innovate.

What happens if I anticipate conflict(s) with the participation requirements?

During selection, we’ll generally need to prioritize teachers who can meet all the commitments. However, we understand conflicts will come up for many, so please go ahead and apply (making a note of your conflicting commitments). If selected, we’ll work with you to make up any missed meetings.

Will I get pulled out of my classroom and have to get substitutes?

No, the ROOT project will not require you to miss any days throughout the school year.  During the first year, teacher participants will attend three Saturday meetings (Feb. 1st, Feb. 22nd, Mar. 14th, 2020) and a Summer Institute (June 22nd – June 25th, 2020). In subsequent years, Regional Math Specialists may visit you during your regular work day, and we’ll meet annually for 4-day Summer Institutes.

What to expect of Year 2

In 2020-21, ROOT participation comes with $2750 in stipends and 4 paid PD credits.

  • After Aug/Sept Virtual Module (due Nov 1), $375
  • Teaching Study (due January, $625 stipend)
    • 2-3 weeks, implemented with support from your RMS
  • PD Meetings (Winter, $375 stipend)
    • (hopefully in person!) interpret results from Fall, plan for Spring
  • Group Teaching Study (Spring, $625 stipend)
    • 2-4 weeks, implemented with a small group of ROOT colleagues 
  • Summer Institute (June, $750 stipend)
    • Decide on “promising” strategies, plan for 2021-22 activities