Math camp uses objects to teach algebra | Student-run business teaches writing, math | Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
June 22, 2017
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Math camp uses objects to teach algebra
Math camp uses objects to teach algebra
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A summer math camp in Washington state will use scales, chess pieces and boxes to help students understand algebraic concepts. Educator Cormac McCarthy says such objects can help students "grasp" the abstract nature of algebra.
South Whidbey Record (Coupeville, Wash.) (6/21) 
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Student-run business teaches writing, math
Student-run business teaches writing, math
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Third-graders at a Connecticut elementary school learned real-world writing and math lessons as they developed a school-based business -- selling marshmallows covered in different toppings -- that raised funds for charity. The project's activities included writing a commercial script to sell their marshmallows to classmates and the community, and using math to track and analyze sales.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (6/20) 
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Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
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School officials in a Florida district launched the summer Calculus Project at two middle schools three years ago to help enroll more seventh-graders in algebra. Officials this year expanded the program because it is yielding positive outcomes.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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CCSSO releases list of improvement principles
CCSSO releases list of improvement principles
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The Council of Chief State School Officers has published a list of recommended school-improvement strategies to support the development of states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans. One principle includes crafting plans with district and community input.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Report reveals global early-childhood trends
Report reveals global early-childhood trends
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The US may have some work to do to boost enrollment in early-childhood education programs, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Data show the US, with about 67% of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in such programs, ranks lower than most other OECD countries.
U.S. News & World Report (6/21) 
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Policy & Legislation
Education Dept. seeks input on "burdensome" rules
Education Dept. seeks input on "burdensome" rules
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The Trump administration has announced a call for the education community to weigh in about potentially "burdensome" rules and guidance. The feedback, according to the notice in the Federal Register, is expected to inform a forthcoming White House executive order about federal education regulations.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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