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January 17, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Need help with algebra? There's an app for that
    Some educators say a student's performance in algebra is an important indicator of post-secondary college enrollment. To support achievement, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $740,000 grant to four colleges in Oregon to create the Center for Algebraic Thinking, which among other developments, has created mobile applications to help students understand algebraic concepts. One app features a race between the tortoise and the hare and aims to teach students about rate of change. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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In their new video Up & Running with the Daily 5, "The 2 Sisters" take you and your staff into real classrooms where teachers demonstrate the 10 Steps to Independence, brain & body breaks, differentiating student choices, strategies for "barometer students," Math Daily 3, and more. Available in DVD or new streaming format. View a 6-minute clip on modeling desired behaviors.

  Curriculum 
  • Conn. school district invites parents to review math books
    After parents complained about an algebra textbook being piloted in Fairfield Public Schools in Connecticut this year, superintendent David Title announced that the book, as well as other math textbooks under consideration, would be made available for public scrutiny. "We are committed to doing a fair and open evaluation of all available textbooks, for not just Algebra I, but for all the grades that lead up to Algebra I and lead up to geometry, so this is not a done deal," he said during a recent school board meeting. Fairfield Citizen (Conn.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Why summer should be a season of learning
    School districts nationwide are encouraged to take advantage of time over the summer to offer innovative learning programs for students -- especially those who are at risk -- and help them as well as teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards. Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, writes in this opinion article about the benefits of using the summer months wisely, such as curbing summer learning loss and preventing drops in test scores. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  STEM 
  • Pa. school district plans multiuse STEM facility
    The Norwin School District in Pennsylvania is looking toward the future and proposing a new center for science, technology, engineering and math education. Built with donations from private industry, officials say the STEM center would be used for teacher training and development, student instruction and as a hub for businesses, vocational centers and colleges interested in working with students. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Fla. teachers' union challenges merit-pay law in court
    The Florida Education Association is challenging the state's merit-pay law for teachers, arguing the measure violates the state constitution and laws related to collective bargaining. Under the merit-pay law passed by the state legislature, teachers' pay raises and evaluations are based on student test scores. Union lawyers say that matters of teachers' pay are subject to collective bargaining, while the attorney for the state said teachers can negotiate other aspects of salaries, such as extra pay for advanced degrees. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
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    Join us in Denver for NCTM's 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition -- the nation's largest math education event. Register early to take advantage of our lowest early-bird rates, and you'll save up to $80. More than 700 presentations focusing on the Common Core State Standards, assessment, reasoning and proof, research, RTI and other topics await you in Denver. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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