The CCLX and MCCX certificate courses teachers take as a part of the CMAST program is centered around the learning and implementation of the Mathematics Learning by Design (MLD) model. MLD is a mathematics professional learning program that focuses on teachers and students working in partnership to do and think through mathematics, as well as teachers working in partnership with each other through coaching to lead their mathematics professional learning community with their administration.
The foundation of MLD is built around the engineering design process of ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve.
This process engages students and teachers in 21st century skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning that are essential in college and STEM careers.
Stage 1: Ask
In this stage, students and teachers come up with their own questions as they begin the design process.
Stage 2: Imagine
Stage 2 involves students and teachers imagining possible solution pathways and choosing one to try.
Stage 3: Plan
The planning stage consists of students and teachers adding details to their plans and analyzing the reasonableness of their models, weighing the pros and cons of each.
Stage 4: Create
In this stage, students and teachers carry out their plans.
Stage 5: Improve
In the last stage, students and teachers use their observations to reflect on what worked, what did not work, and what could work better to strengthen their designs.