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January 23, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Classroom technology boosts student engagement in math lessons
    Educators in an Iowa school district have found that students are more engaged in math lessons and are earning higher scores on math assessments since teachers began letting students use interactive whiteboards and other classroom technology. Students also are being encouraged to work more with each other to learn the material. "Once I started involving the technology and a little bit of the workshop model as kind of a background, I really saw the students be 100 percent more engaged and really take learning into their own hands," said math teacher Renee Wagner. KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The definition of "college ready" continues to evolve
    As national education reforms continue to take shape, Montgomery County, Md., public schools are adopting a more rigorous curriculum and altering their definition of what it means to be "college ready." For years, the district has held its Seven Keys to College Readiness, which now will be revised. While the exact changes are still unclear, officials say the standards likely are to focus on more rigorous academic measures, as well as areas that cannot be measured with standardized tests, such as persistence, motivation and communication. The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Curriculum 
  • Fla. district adopts automated scheduling for math classes
    To enroll middle-school students in the most challenging math classes, the Pinellas County School district in Florida is trying out an automated system for placing students in math based on three years of state standardized testing data. Some school board members and parents are concerned this could result in students being placed in classes that are too difficult or too easy. School officials say the aim is to ensure students with potential are not left behind and reassured board members that accommodations will be made as needed. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Nonprofit to provide free repository of common core resources
    Learning Forward helps school districts with various professional-development resources and programs, but the nonprofit is launching a special initiative focused on the Common Core State Standards. "This project allows us to work with key state and district leaders to ensure the promise of these standards is realized through effective implementation that moves from the state and district level into the very fabric of schools," said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director. T.H.E. Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Obama seeks safer, better schools in second term
    In his inaugural address Monday, President Barack Obama highlighted his intention to fund additional training for math and science teachers and focus on school safety during his second term. "Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm," Obama said. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Supporting deep conceptual learning with technology
    Multiple representations can provide unique benefits when students are learning complex new ideas, especially in math. The Internet offers powerful ways of delivering multiple representations, such as the lessons on NCTM's Illuminations website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Linking research and practice
      
    Join your fellow researchers at NCTM's 2013 Research Presession, April 15-17. The Research Presession brings together educators from around the world to examine and discuss current issues in mathematics education, interact and network with beginning scholars and veteran researchers in the field, and share current research to receive feedback and exposure to alternative points of view. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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