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Math Education Learning (MEL) Communities

The Boise State Regional Math Center’s Math Education Learning Communities are spaces for educators to explore an important contemporary topic in mathematics education. Participation includes reading, facilitated discussions, and reflection regarding the chosen topic.

Starting a MEL Community

If you and your colleagues would benefit from free facilitation of a math education focused professional-learning community, please don’t hesitate to reach out the RMC to learn more about setting-up a MEL Community.

Questions? Please feel free to email us at

See below for a list of current MEL Communities.

Unit Analysis Study

  • Homedale Middle School, 7th-8th grade
  • Facilitated by Giselle Isbell (email), Regional Math Specialist

Teachers use resources to unpack the standards and analyze the curricular materials (units, lessons, and assessments) for alignment and coherence.

Supporting Productive Struggle

  • Heritage Community Charter School, K-8 team
  • Facilitated by Giselle Isbell (email), Regional Math Specialist

Teachers work together to learn about the important role of productive struggle in effective math teaching, and how to support students with opportunities and engagement.

Using Assessment System to Improve Instruction

  • Caldwell District: Syringa Middle School and Jefferson Middle School, 6-8th grades
  • Facilitated by Michele Carney (email), RMC Director

Teachers are using interim assessments to analyze system level performance and student thinking to inform and improve instruction.