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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Pierson Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development

Her company has helped more than five million students learn math nationwide.

Caryl Pierson, the only woman in the 1957 graduating class of math educators, is a 2010 recipient of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Award.

Pierson was honored by her alma mater for her pioneering work as a math educator and impact on math education. After 20 years as a math teacher, she found Math Teacher’s Press Inc., today a leading publisher of supplemental materials designed to help students succeed in math.

“I am honored to receive this award from the College of Education and Human Development,” said Pierson. “The wonderful professors I worked with at the U of M inspired my love of math and my love of teaching. The foundation they gave me has enabled me to reach out to students of all ability levels and help them succeed.

In 1980, while Pierson was teaching at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, a large group of Southeast Asian students from five countries, aged 12 to 20, with no formal schooling or English language skills arrived in the school. When her principal asked her to prepare these students for Algebra I, she asked Dr. William Bart, head of educational psychology at the U of M, for advice. He told her that she should develop a test to find where the students were and then teach every objective with manipulative activities.

Pierson took his advice to heart, teaching by day, and reading Jean Piaget and writing math curriculum by night. Her students learned three to four years of math in just six months. Pierson later developed the first benchmark tests for the Minneapolis Public Schools, an experience that helped her see that, if she continued teaching math in an abstract way as she had for 20 years, she would never reach students in the bottom quartile.

Both of these experiences were the pioneering underpinnings of Math Teacher’s Press, which develops and distributes her Moving with Math curricula nationwide. Today, with a staff of 45, statistically significant improvement rates, and long-term working relationships with some of the nation’s neediest public school districts, Math Teacher’s Press can proudly lay claim to helping more than five million students learn math.

Pierson’s ultimate dream is that all students in the U.S. learn the math necessary for a productive life.

“In recognition of Caryl’s educational and business career in math education, and her support of at-risk students, we are pleased to confer upon her our Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Jean K. Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the U of M.

This year, there were 37 recipients of the College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award, out of more than 70,000 living alumni from the college. Given for the first time this year, the award honors alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities, and have made a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, schools, institutions and organizations, according to the college.

Pierson Press Release (Dec. 2010)

What Works Clearinghouse Releases Recommendations for RTI

Moving with Math Integrates These Recommendations

The What Works Clearinghouse Website http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ recently released eight recommended best practices for Response to Intervention. The Moving with Math programs published by Math Teachers Press, Inc. integrate these recommendations.

Response to Intervention

Creating or Selecting Intervention Programs

A Set of Questions Developed by NCTM

“In response to a call from the mathematics education community for assistance in creating or selecting effective intervention programs, NCTM has developed a set of questions to guide educators through this complex process.” Teachers and administrators should consider the following when selecting an intervention program: diagnostic assessment, instructional activities, postassessment, organizational structure of the intervention, and research supporting the intervention. The full version PDF of NCTM’s Creating or Selecting Intervention Programs is below.
Selecting an Intervention Program

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Career Opportunities

Math Teachers Press, Inc., publishes Moving with Math, intervention and manipulative-based math curricula for Pre-K through Algebra. Math Teachers Press provides a blended learning experience using web-based assessment with printed material, electronic teacher guides and professional development. Moving with Math programs integrates the best practices for RTI to help educators teach all students fundamental math concepts, basic skills, and problem solving needed for future success. Proven results are validated by scientific research.

Over the past 40 years, Math Teachers Press has been a leader in the development and publication of curriculum materials designed to address the problems that “at risk” students encounter when learning math. Moving with Math Learning System® is a research-based, classroom-proven approach to teaching essential math concepts and operations at all grade levels—from Pre-K through Algebra. All materials meet guidelines for Response to Intervention and are correlated to state, national, and NCTM Standards.

Math Teachers Press is looking for individuals who are passionate about what they are selling and who care about children’s academic development. Math Teachers Press, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Title: Sales Representative
Reports to: Regional Sales Manager
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Math Teachers Press, publisher of Moving with Math Learning System has an immediate full-time, benefit-eligible opportunity in Minneapolis, MN. If you are looking to join an established, growing company and feel you have the skill set and relevant work experience to contribute as a member of our dynamic team, then we invite you to learn more about Math Teachers Press, Inc.

At Math Teachers Press Inc., we are committed to helping all students succeed in math, especially those who struggle the most.  We strive to support teachers with purposeful assessment tools and engaging, hands-on lessons that are used in supplemental settings.  We are expanding our sales team to meet the growing market demands and are searching for an individual with strong sales and presentation skills to manage a territory.  The ideal candidate will have successful territory sales experience as well as strong presentation skills and a passion for education.

Core Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for achieving individual sales goal in the assigned territory
  • Develop a sales plan for the region and implement sales and marketing programs and activities to achieve the plan goals including, but not limited to, prospecting, cold-calls, conference calls, webinar meetings, face-to-face meetings, lunch and learns, email marketing, and attending trade shows
  • Develop a strong base of Moving with Math product knowledge and serve as subject matter expert
  • Perform consultative sales with a strong emphasis on building, maintaining, and growing relationships
  • Develop and present sales presentations, training workshops, and webinars
  • Submit required sales reports to summarize accomplishments, information gained, and outline upcoming activities.

Work Conditions

The position may require travel 10% of the time and up to 25% during peak times. The position also requires that the individual be comfortable and successful in a relatively independent working environment, having primary contact with prospects and customers being virtual. Successful candidates will be required to demonstrate characteristics of independent work effectiveness, including: self-motivation, strong communication skills, and organization.


Bachelor’s degree

Demonstrated success in previous sales experience, educational sales experience a plus, but not required

Previous experience with implementation and training

Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Results-oriented professional with strong communication skills

Excellent presentation skills

Ability to facilitate customer workshops via webinar or face-to-face

Ability to work independently and also as part of a dynamic team

Outgoing and professional demeanor

Email to Apply: SGruidl@movingwithmath.com

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