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January 21, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • Minn. school makes math fun with family game night
    Students, parents and teachers from Otsego Elementary School in Elk River, Minn., recently came together for the Deal Me In ... Math Games event. The event offered families and students an opportunity to learn card-based math games that they can use anytime to support learning. "Playing games like these together helps build relationships within the family," said second-grade teacher Molly Engebretson. "And it helps students get to be where they need to be. It makes learning fun, too." The Star News (Elk River, Minn.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cleveland to increase math, reading in lowest-performing schools
    Education officials in Cleveland say a new school tax will allow them to add more time to the school day and reintroduce art, physical education and other elective classes. Last spring, the district cut these classes, shaving 50 minutes off the school day for elementary and middle schools. While most schools will see electives reinstated, those that scored lowest in math and reading on state exams will use the extra time for additional learning opportunities in these subjects. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • Vt. schools could see new math requirements
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has suggested that schools make algebra and geometry graduation requirements. In 2011, students in grades three through eight posted about 68% proficiency on state math exams, but only 36% of 11th-grade students were considered proficient. The chairman of the state Senate Education Committee says his committee is considering the governor's plan and other proposals to boost math education, noting that a lack of funding can get in the way of education reform. WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
  • Study finds consensus among foundations about common core
    The Common Core State Standards is one of the top pieces of policy in education today, according to a survey of 200 major education philanthropies. About 24% of these groups -- nearly twice that of groups surveyed in 2011 -- say they are providing grant support for the initiative, writes education reporter Erik Robelen. "It was almost stunning how prevalent the awareness was of common core as the most significant trend," said Chris Tebben, the executive director of Grantmakers for Education, which leads the annual survey. "Usually when you poll 200 grantmakers from all over the country, you see much more spread across the issues." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Utah teacher secures grant to support project-based learning
    An elementary-school teacher in Utah recently secured a $1,500 grant to purchase hands-on science technology aimed at improving student achievement. The funds from the 100% for Kids Credit Union Education Foundation -- which has donated $5 million to schools since 2002 -- are intended to help support inquiry-based instruction and project-based learning. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EduTalk Radio to interview NCTM past president
    NCTM past president Francis (Skip) Fennell will appear as a guest on Education Talk Radio this Wednesday, January 23, at 9:00 a.m. EST, to talk about NCTM's 2013 Interactive Institutes. Listen live to the broadcast with host Larry Jacobs, or access the archived interview at a later time. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • To flip or not to flip: That is NOT the question!
    Over the last three decades, a variety of instructional strategies have been introduced with a goal of increasing student achievement in mathematics. Such strategies include individualized instruction, cooperative learning, direct instruction, inquiry, scaffolding, computer-assisted instruction and problem solving. A recent strategy receiving much attention is the flipped classroom. Learn more about flipping classrooms in NCTM President Linda Gojak's past President's Message and an upcoming Edweb webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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