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March 1, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • Does homework improve student achievement?
    For as long as teachers have been assigning homework, students have been complaining about it. Some researchers have found a connection between higher achievement and the amount of homework that students complete, while others have found either no connection or evidence that students performed worse on exams after spending more time on homework. District Administration magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Survey: Teachers want more support under common core
    Nearly half of teachers who responded to a recent survey said they were not fully prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards. The survey -- by the EPE Research Center, part of Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week -- found that more than two-thirds of teachers reported feeling unprepared to teach students with disabilities and English-language learners. "The new standards do require a major shift in instruction. And the needed supports really aren't there," said Lisa Dickinson, an assistant director of educational issues for the American Federation of Teachers. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 tools to expand students' creativity
    Classes and programs that teach coding and computer skills and also provide instruction and opportunities in the arts may not be in place in all schools, but there is an increasing number of other outlets for students to learn more about these subjects, Tina Barseghian writes in this Mind/Shift blog post. She provides a roundup of videos about four innovative programs, including Smarthistory, Black Girls Code, Caine's Arcade and Startup Weekend EDU. KQED.org/Mind/Shift (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Mass. district seeks balance in technology funding request
    A Massachusetts school district has scaled back a request for additional school-technology funds to what it believes is a "minimal" level of support. Officials said the infusion of money was necessary for students to compete in an increasingly tech-savvy world and because of what they describe as unfunded government mandates regarding education technology. Officials say they now are seeking about $500,000 -- down from their original request of $700,955 -- for education technology above normal operating expenses. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • From traffic engineer to mathematics teacher to accomplished author
    NCTM's Mathematics Education Trust (MET) relies on contributions from Council members and other individuals, Affiliates, and corporations. Gifts to the Edwin I. Stein Fund help support the Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards, which provide financial assistance to a first-time attendee at an NCTM annual meeting and exposition. Read more about Edwin Stein, and learn about this year's recipients of this award. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn key strategies for teaching algebra -- Focus on your grade
      
    Join us in New Orleans, July 8 to 10, for NCTM's Interactive Institute for grades 3 to 8, "Algebra Readiness for Every Student." The experience will be suited to your interests -- you'll take part in sessions and be grouped with educators according to the grade level you select for your strand of focus. Choose from grades 6 to 7, grade 8, and a new PD strand for professional development leaders. Each strand will provide a progression of activities to address algebra readiness. Register by May 10 to take advantage of our lowest registration rates. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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