Defining High-Quality Instructional Materials for Mathematics: Centering the Assets and Needs of Multilingual Learner and English Learner Students by The High Quality Instructional Materials Learning Partners Coalition (HQIM-LPC)

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The “Defining High-Quality Instructional Materials for Mathematics: Centering the Assets and Needs of Multilingual Learner and English Learner Students” resource, developed by the High Quality Instructional Materials Learning Partners Coalition (HQIM-LPC), offers a comprehensive framework for developing and evaluating mathematics instructional materials. Featuring contributions from Californians Together, The Education Trust–West, English Learners Success Forum, Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, San Joaquin Office of Education, and UnboundEd, this resource aims to advance educational equity, focusing on the needs of multilingual learners (ML) and English Learners (EL). It outlines key elements such as alignment with state standards, support for diverse learners, clear implementation guidance, culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, and robust assessments. This resource guide is essential for educators, policymakers, and curriculum designers committed to creating inclusive and effective mathematics education environments.  

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.