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GK-12 MAVS Program

Mathematically Aligned Vertical Strands

Connecting Mathematics, Research, Pedagogy and Outreach for GK-12 Fellows and Teachers


GK-12 Building Relationships Between Students, Teachers, and Fellows


  • The K-12 students in the MAVS Fellows' classrooms gain an insight for the usefulness and beauty of mathematics and acquire a disposition toward inquiry that will be life changing.
  • The MAVS Fellows benefit by learning to communicate mathematics at various levels of sophistication.
  • The K-12 teachers experience a change in what they know and believe about mathematics that will strongly mpact their instructional decisions and actions(Thompson, 1992).



The GK-12 MAVS project provides a seamless transition in mathematics that spans the school curriculum and bridges to research-level mathematics. It involves mathematics research faculty, graduate students, teachers, administrators, and K-12 students. The MAVS partnership builds upon a longstanding collaboration between The University of Texas at Arlington’s (UT Arlington) Department of Mathematics and the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) for improving mathematics education in its schools.

Impact of GK-12 in the Classroom; Mentor Teacher, Kimberly Helixon Sam Houston High School Math Teacher