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

Recruitment Flyer ROOT in the News!


Priority Deadline Sept. 30th, 2019

Apply for ROOT

  • Free, sustained PD led by Boise State faculty and full-time Regional Math Specialists
  • Specific focus on improving ISAT math performance through best practices
  • Up to $6000 in stipends over 3 years per teacher
  • Up to 9 paid PD credits over 3 years per teacher
  • Stipends for schools to support data submissions (up to $2000/year per school)
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About ROOT




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's the next step?

Ask questions, help facilitate a meeting during Sept. 2019 with your Grades 6-8 math teachers.

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.