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February 12, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Michigan students show improvements in math, reading scores
    Scores on the annual Michigan Educational Assessment Program exams showed improvements at all grades levels in math, reading and writing. School officials from Detroit Public Schools said an increased focus on differentiated instruction and higher attendance rates contributed to the district's improved scores. The Detroit News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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CCSS mathematics series from Briars, Kanold, and others
Find out how to sustain successful implementation of the CCSS with resources from Timothy D. Kanold and his associates. The Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work™ series shows how collaborative teams can develop and assess students for deep conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Download your free chapter from the Leader’s Guide!
  Curriculum 
 
  • Some Calif. educators say math options in grade 8 make sense
    Educators from some California school districts are speaking out in support of a resolution passed last month by the state education board that said eighth-graders can take Algebra I or Mathematics I. In the past, students had to take Algebra I in eighth grade. Officials say the decision makes sense, partly because it fits with the Common Core State Standards and because many eighth-graders aren't yet ready for algebra. The Reporter (Vacaville, Calif.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Upgrade your walls and your instruction with this new set of 8 shapes posters by Christopher Danielson, author of Which One Doesn't Belong? These posters spark curiosity, creativity, and conversations, prevent misconceptions, and move beyond treating geometry as vocabulary to memorize. Teacher's guide included. Grades K-12. Get details here!
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  Standards 
 
  • Common core requires investment in technology
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has budgeted $51 million for school technology in his proposed budget -- which could be used to help school districts implement online testing requirements under the Common Core State Standards. While officials say the common core is not the reason for the shift to online testing, they also are finding the state to be lagging a bit behind in its adoption of computerized testing -- required under the national framework. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  STEM 
  • Iowa expands application of proven STEM programs
    To bolster science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools across Iowa, the governor's STEM Advisory Council's "Scale-Up" initiative is taking successful STEM programs and encouraging the duplication or expansion of them elsewhere in the state. Proof of the council's success can be seen in the number of schools participating in Iowa's FIRST Tech Challenge in which 65 teams competed a year ago, and more than twice that number competed this year. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • N.C. district gives high-school students a head start on college
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district is offering high-school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits -- for free -- ahead of graduation. The "cooperative innovative high school" model calls for high schools to be established on college campuses. The schools, open to students through an admissions process, boast high test scores, graduation rates and impressive college-admissions statistics. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM honors Black History Month
    Take the opportunity to educate yourself this month about integrating culture and catering to diversity. Learn more about African American mathematicians, such as Gloria Hewitt and Benjamin Banneker, and explore several activities to share with your students. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mathematics in a STEM context
      
    The most recent issue of NCTM's Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School journal provides six examples of possible STEM education activities. The activities feature building a robot, playing a battleship-like game, designing a staircase, analyzing crystalline-structure data, constructing weight-bearing tables out of paper, and designing a skate park. If you're not a subscriber to the journal, be sure to check out the free preview article. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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