Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has recently published a book edited by our Lead Academic Advisor, Dr. Catherine Twomey Fosnot. The book, “Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry,” approaches intervention with the belief that “it is not the children who fail. As Marie Clay once said, ‘If children are unable to learn, we should assume that we have not yet found the right way to teach them’” (p. vii). Dr. Fosnot, with the help of many colleagues, offers a new vision for intervention models.

Some of the questions explored in this book include:

  • How is success in mathematics defined?
  • How is success in mathematics assessed?
  • What teaching practices support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How does curriculum support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How can technology support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?

These questions are explored in eleven chapters authored by leaders in elementary mathematics who reference current research and offer thoughtful case studies to provoke the reader to consider a new vision of intervention.

Two of our very own DreamBox teachers, Mickelle and Becca, co-authored a chapter titled, “Differentiating through Computer Environments.” They explored how technology can be used to offer adaptive, personalized online learning for students. Case studies of students learning with DreamBox are used throughout the chapter as a powerful illustration. The book is complete with a Facilitator’s Guide including discussion questions for each chapter, which offer opportunities for reflection whether reading it alone or as part of a book study.

Interested in learning more? Read an excerpt from the book, or visit NCTM’s online store to purchase. Already read the book? We’d love to know what you think – just leave us a comment below!

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.

Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Today, DreamBox serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and approximately 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.

Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson