Marilyn Burns, one of America's most trusted math educators, forms Math Solutions, an organization dedicated to the improvement of math instruction in Grades K-8.
Working with a highly qualified team of in-service leaders, Marilyn offers specialized courses to teachers and administrators worldwide. Math Solutions becomes the country's preeminent provider of professional development in K-8 mathematics.
Marilyn's work in hundreds of schools provides her with unique insight into the needs of struggling learners. She turns her professional focus to developing an intervention curriculum for these students that will provide them with a solid foundation in arithmetic understanding and skills, and that is designed to address the most common misconceptions she has observed.
Marilyn assembles a group of Math Solutions master teachers for this ambitious project. The team spends over two years drafting, testing, debating, and refining each lesson in the program under Marilyn's leadership.
Marilyn enters into a collaboration with Scholastic to develop and publish the program.
The program is piloted in six schools and is enthusiastically embraced by teachers and students.
Scholastic publishes Do The Math, a new intervention program focusing on Number and Operations.
Scholastic enters into partnerships with several large districts to document the efficacy of the program.
Math Solutions creates custom-designed professional development specifically to support the implementation of Do The Math
Marilyn and Scholastic collaborate to create Interactive Whiteboard Tools, digital materials for teacher demonstration, student pairs, and games.
School districts across the country believe in the need for a targeted intervention like Do The Math, and the program is successfully implemented in all 50 states.
Marilyn and Scholastic work together to publish a new Addition & Subtraction module—Number Core, targeting students who lack early foundations of number.