• Gather advice regarding PreK-12 math instruction that is focused on developing mathematicians as stated in The Bellingham Promise.
  • Meet two to three times a year to address issues related to math standards, instruction and assessment, and professional development needs.
  • Communicate findings to affected stakeholders.

Basis for Establishment:

  • To increase opportunities for teachers, principals and Department of Teaching and Learning to collectively collaborate around the development of mathematicians as stated in The Bellingham Promise.
  • To create an ongoing process for addressing standards, instruction and assessment decisions, alignment and communication regarding math instruction.
  • To advise regarding needs and priorities in math.

Decision-Making Process:

  • This group will make any necessary decisions based on a consensus of those present and primarily serve in an advisory capacity to Department of Teaching and Learning and the Superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • Convene committee to understand the scope of the work of the year (and ongoing).
  • Understand how the Developing Mathematicians advisory group relates to other Teaching and Learning Advisory groups and The Bellingham Promise.
  • Review recent research on best practices in math.
  • Analyze current assessment data.
  • Examine current state, local and other related standards, assessments and instructional implications.
  • Collect feedback from staff, students and parents, as needed.

Dates/Agenda Items:

2017-18 School Year – No meetings during the 2017-18 school year.

2016-17 School Year: All meetings are 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the District Office.

  • March 14, 2017
  • April 17, 2017

Committee Members

  • Caren Pitsch, Alderwood Elementary
  • Sarah Zeller, Alderwood Elementary
  • Marca Kidwell-Babcock, Parkview Elementary
  • Molly Foote, Wade King Elementary
  • Megan Thygesen, Roosevelt Elementary
  • Breann Hulford, Fairhaven Middle
  • Tommy Lingbloom, Kulshan Middle
  • Dustin Heaton, Shuksan Middle
  • Lee Krancus, Whatcom Middle
  • Scott Smartt, Bellingham High
  • Ginger Thompson, Sehome High
  • Elyse Slagle, Squalicum High
  • Janie Overman, Teacher on Special Assignment
  • Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning, Co-Chair
  • Michelle Kuss-Cybula, Director of Teaching and Learning, Co-Chair


  • Communicate and make public all meeting agendas and minutes
  • Director of Teaching and Learning shares outcomes with DTL team to surface potential impact on priorities across the system.


  • Developing Mathematicians meets three times per year. All meetings are held at the District Office.

Budget Implications:

  • Substitute reimbursement for staff committee members to meet
  • This committee’s recommendation will result in significant budget allocation requirements for the purchase of math materials as well as supporting professional development.