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November 6, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Mass. students are encouraged to think like mathematicians
    Some Massachusetts teachers are helping students think and work like professional mathematicians, engineers and more. The shift is part of the transition to new math and reading standards that emphasize college and career readiness, school officials say. "That is a change from just learning the content pieces," said Laureen Cipolla, an administrator for curriculum, instruction and assessment for Leominster Public Schools. "We're hoping the emphasis on being college or career ready will help the kids answer the question: 'Why do I have to learn this?'" Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. schools engage parents to improve students' performance
    Los Angeles officials are using parent centers to help engage parents in their children's education and help improve students' achievement. The centers, officials say, aim to serve the needs of parents, who may be from low-income families or may be unable to speak English and need help feeling comfortable on campus. There are 576 such centers on campuses in the L.A. Unified School District. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. district adds U.S. version of Singapore math to its curriculum
    Elementary schools in Downers Grove, Ill., are using a new math curriculum this year called Math in Focus, which is the U.S. version of Singapore Math. Besides the curriculum being more demanding, Math in Focus is to convey how math applies to real-world situations. "They need to understand the concepts of why it's there, not just be able to do the formulaic methodology," stated Matt Rich, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "The depth of a concept that a child needs to explain at an earlier age is more difficult. Division is a 3rd grade expectation whereas before, it was a 5th grade expectation." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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!
  • Webcasts bring together common-core stakeholders
    The American Federation of Teachers will present a series of informational online sessions on Nov. 13 to help educators who work with English-language learners to gain information about the role Common Core State Standards play in their classrooms. Key stakeholders speaking during the event include representatives from the two consortia responsible for developing common-core assessments. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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.
  • Event seeks to inspire girls by making STEM fun
    Schools and businesses in western Michigan are taking steps to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. They recently came together for the STEM Girl Genious Conference, where more than 100 girls participated in hands-on projects and interacted with STEM professionals. "I'd like the girls to realize that anything is possible; that the old world and old ideas are really gone. Girls have great opportunities, especially in the STEM world," event co-creator Armen Oumedian said. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Should high schools start later?
    An online petition to adopt a later start time for high-school students in a Maryland school district has received thousands of signatures. Currently, school starts at 7:25 a.m., but supporters of the initiative are seeking to start the school day at 8:15 a.m. or later. At issue, they say, is research showing the importance of sleep for teenagers. The Washington Post (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Fluency: Simply fast and accurate?
    As mathematics educators at all levels consider effective implementation and instruction related to state or Common Core State Standards, a frequently asked question is, "What does it mean to be fluent in mathematics?" The answer, more often than not, is, "Fast and accurate." Building fluency should involve more than speed and accuracy. It must reach beyond procedures and computation. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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