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January 8, 2013
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Accomplished Teacher Special Report: Math, Part I
From STEM to the Common Core State Standards, math is firmly in the educational spotlight. The subject is widely viewed as a key to a student's future academic success.

Part I of this two-part special report looks at approaches to teaching math as well as the increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom.

Part II of this report, due on Thursday, will look at standards, testing and what it means to be "college ready," along with technology in the classroom.

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When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
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  • Group to develop rubric for what works in math
    A group of education stakeholders recently came together to discuss plans for developing a reliable resource that would provide educators with information about which math aids are effective. Officials say the first step is to determine the criteria that will be used to determine what works. "If it's the same old stuff and it just looks more glitzy because it's on the iPad or on the computer, it's not going to have any impact," said Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are pre-K programs key to higher math scores?
    Third-graders in the nation's capital haven't posted gains in standardized math scores since 2007, according to a recent report by D.C. Action for Children, a nonprofit. The report questions whether policies put into place five years ago are working. While officials say the report offers too narrow a look at the issue, they agree with its recommendation that the city should increase its efforts to provide quality preschool programs for all children as a means of increasing math and reading performance. The Washington Post (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. high school enhances curriculum with algebra tutors
    Lake Wales High School principal Donna Dunson has investigated many high-achieving schools, including ones in poor and struggling communities, to see what she could apply at her Florida school. One of the priorities she said she has learned is the importance of students doing well in Algebra I. With the help of a private donation, she has hired college students and school alums to work as tutors and organized a program that will enhance algebra instruction. "Algebra is a gateway course for professionals," she said. News Chief (Winter Haven, Fla.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What are 8 keys to schoolwide math success? Small Steps, Big Changes helps you and your staff set goals, create a culture of mathematical thinking, and translate high-level standards such as Common Core into effective classroom practice. Includes examples from diverse schools across the country. Click here now for details!
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  • Mass. approaches STEM education on multiple fronts
    Massachusetts is taking steps to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs and ensure that students receive appropriate post-secondary education and training. Leaders discussed a four-point plan during a recent meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, including strategies for completing STEM programs and retention of those majors. Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students test math, science concepts in NASA lab
    West Virginia K-12 students will have a chance to learn and test math and science skills in hands-on experiences at the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy run by NASA in two locations in the state. The lab is equipped with a flight simulator, wind tunnel and microgravity drop tower. West Virginia Public Broadcasting (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. district weighs new math classes to meet student needs
    School officials in the Community High School District in Downers Grove, Ill., are proposing changes to the district's math curriculum to align learning with Common Core State Standards and make the transition from middle-school to high-school math more cohesive. If the school board approves the measure, incoming freshman would have two course options -- Foundations of Math I and Math I. Foundations would offer extra support to students who may not be ready for more-advanced concepts, and Math I would be a blend of algebra, geometry and statistics. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"Provides a clear picture of various ways to set up math workshop in the primary grades" (Snapshots of Mrs. V). Math Exchanges shows you how to foster rich small-group discussions and help students construct new meaning and understanding as they establish themselves as mathematicians. Preview Chapter 1: Creating Space for Math Workshop.
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