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January 11, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Ga. district adopts "safety net" for struggling math students
    Education leaders in Rockdale County Public Schools in Georgia are taking steps to provide additional support to students who are struggling under a new, more rigorous math curriculum. The district will begin providing such support to students in grades nine and 10 with Elevate K12, an online math tutoring system. "Elevate K12 has developed a safety net program that tailors math support to the needs of individual students," superintendent Richard Autry said. Rockdale Citizen (Conyers, Ga.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. school reinvents its library without books
    A Minn. school library disposed of nearly all of its print collection and transformed the space into a collaborative-work center where students read e-books and print books, conduct research on computers, work on group projects and learn with the help of math and literacy coaches. "We used to think of a library as a building with stacks of books," Benilde-St. Margaret's School's principal, Sue Skinner, said. "Now we should think of it as a space where people come together to share ideas, be creative, access information, and even read." School Library Journal/The Digital Shift blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Vt. governor calls for more demanding math requirements
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin in his recent inauguration speech called for all high schools to add algebra and geometry to their list of graduation requirements. He noted that test scores show only 36% of students in the 11th grade demonstrate grade-level proficiency in math. Shumlin also recommended tuition breaks for college students studying science, technology, engineering and math. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.)/Associated Press (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helping teachers implement common core
    Common Core State Standards may require teachers to make changes in how they teach, but coaches can help them get there by taking small steps, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. She suggests school leaders help teachers identify their current skills and additional skills needed, then provide appropriate professional development. "It's daunting and scary and has potential for improving learning outcomes and experiences for children, as long as we map the journey that our teachers will need to take in order to fulfill this potential," Aguilar writes in this blog post. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. school infuses art into math, science lessons
    Teachers at Quatama Elementary School in Hillsboro, Ore., are finding creative ways for students to learn about geometry, erosion and other math and science concepts. For example, one group of students learned about the connection between erosion and ceramics. "Erosion happens, it bundles up into clay. People collect it, sometimes they make bowls ...," one student explained. Oregon Public Broadcasting (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ohio seeks to better gauge readiness among high-school grads
    Ohio is planning to replace its current high-school graduation exams with a new set of exams. The new exams will be in place in 2014-15, when the scores will be factored into teachers' evaluations. Officials say the exams, announced in November, are intended to help better determine whether students are prepared to move to college and careers. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Using pictures to teach math concepts
    Eyes on Math: A Visual Approach to Teaching Math Concepts, co-published with Teachers College Press, is an exciting follow-up to the authors' best sellers in differentiated math instructions, Good Questions and More Good Questions. Eyes on Math provides engaging, full-color graphics and pictures with text showing teachers how to use each image to stimulate mathematical teaching conversations related to key K-8 concepts. Teachers using the book can download the images for projection onto classroom whiteboards or screens. The questions and answers will help both students and teachers look more deeply and see the math behind the math! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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