Mathematics practices, content knowledge and student thinking are at the center of the effort to increase teaching expertise and leadership talents in this New Jersey Department of Education-sponsored Mathematics and Science Partnership program. The overarching goal is to increase the academic achievement of elementary students in mathematics.


NJ PRIME will provide school-based teams of K-5 elementary teachers with professional development that will strengthen their content and teaching expertise and prepare them to be effective mathematics teacher leaders. The 3-year program is designed to ensure that participants can engage students in deeper conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving in the topic areas now emphasized by the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and facilitate their use and understanding by other elementary teachers in their districts. Project research is investigating teachers’ understanding of and confidence in key mathematical topics, their pedagogical content knowledge, and their ability to apply the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics to their classroom teaching practices.Partners include 12 schools from the Bayonne, Weehawken, Union City, and Elizabeth public school districts and Stevens Institute of Technology.