Sense-Making for Teachers and Students

The California Mathematics Project at Sacramento State (CMPSS) is a professional network of educators dedicated to engaging students in productive struggle, sense-making, collaborative reasoning, and clear communication of thinking and solutions.  We support teachers to build procedural fluency on a base of conceptual understanding, and to strategically select tasks and contexts for application that connect ideas and provide access for all students.  We inspire teachers to reflect after each lesson: “Who did the math thinking today?”

Contact Us

Deb Stetson
Project Director
(916) 278-5951
Sequoia Hall 302

Deb Stetson taught high school mathematics for 13 years before becoming the Project Director to work with teachers and future teachers with the Math Project at Sacramento State.  
Scott Farrand
Principal Investigator
Professor of Mathematics
(916) 278-6129
Brighton Hall 134


Dr. Farrand founded the Math Project at Sacramento State in 1999.  His approach to teaching mathematics is to turn a lesson into something puzzling, which intrigues the learners.  He then guides them to find connections between ideas and to reason for themselves.

Kim Elce
Faculty Advisor
Professor of Mathematics
(916) 278-6435
Brighton Hall 142


Dr. Elce is dedicated to K-16 mathematics education inspiring both teachers and students to think creatively and collaboratively in order to solve problems.  She uses questions to challenge and spark students to wonder and reason for themselves.

Rick West
Mathematics Specialist


Rick West has been teaching for over 30 years having just retired from UC Davis, but continuing to teach at Deterding Elementary School every spring, and for our Math Project at Sac State every summer and also during the school year.