Welcome to the Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) grant community! There are currently 13 schools across the state implementing the MAF Math Coaching grant and 75 schools with the MAF Mini-Grant implementing High-Quality Instructional Resources (HQIR) in mathematics. We are delighted to have you as a part of the MAF team at your school. On this page, you will find the important information you will need to get started.
MAF Math Coaching
As specified in KRS 158.844
, the Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) is hereby created to provide developmentally appropriate diagnostic assessment and intervention services to students, primary through grade 12, to help them reach proficiency in mathematics. The MAF grant provides funding for release time for teachers to serve as coaches. The mathematics coach will improve mathematics teaching practices by working with teachers in their classrooms:
- observing and providing feedback to them;
- modeling appropriate evidence based instructional practices;
- conducting workshops or institutes;
- establishing professional learning communities; and
- ensuring high quality instructional resources are aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Mathematics in order to meet the needs of primary students and other students who are struggling to meet grade level standards in mathematics.
MAF Mini Grant
As specified in KRS 158.844
, the Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) provides funding for purchase of materials needed for modification of instruction (tier one, tier two and/or tier three) in mathematics and pay for extended time or release time for teachers to engage in professional learning of the new mathematics materials purchased. Therefore, a district/school shall use funding to purchase instructional materials for mathematics (including intervention programs and diagnostic assessments) that are High-Quality Instructional Resources
(HQIR), which the KDE defines as being:
- Aligned to the KAS for Mathematics;
- Research-based and/or externally validated;
- Comprehensive to include engaging texts (books, multimedia, etc.), problems and assessments;
- Based on fostering vibrant student learning experiences;
- Culturally relevant, free from bias; and
- Accessible for all students.
Become Familiar with the Grant
We encourage each Mathematics Coach to read the MAF Request for Application (RFA), Assurance Document, and the school’s proposal to fully understand the requirements of the grant implementation. Please keep a copy of each of these documents on hand, either electronically or as a hard copy.
One of your first tasks is to schedule time to meet with your teams to discuss the upcoming year. Working with the MAF grant is a collaborative process. The Mathematics Coach should meet with the school-based teams on a regular basis to discuss the status of grant implementation (coaching cycles, professional learning, data and assessments, etc.). The expectation is that no one person is solely responsible for implementation of the MAF grant. The Mathematics Coach is responsible for sharing MAF communication/information with others in the building and district level personnel. This process should prevent critical information from being overlooked, reduce the risk of communication gaps and help ensure the school remains in compliance with their grant.