October 16, 2012
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NCTM Special Report, Part I: Math Education 2012
In Part I of this two-part special report, NCTM SmartBrief takes a look at the Common Core State Standards, which promote a deeper understanding of mathematics.

Here, we learn about some of the steps school districts are taking to raise awareness among parents about the new standards. We also look at how the standards are changing professional development and classroom lessons.

In addition, we offer a list of valuable resources from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to help schools implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

In Part II of this report, coming Thursday, NCTM SmartBrief will take a look at innovative methods for teaching mathematics, including using Legos and talent shows.

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  • Rigorous math curriculum challenges students, parents
    Math and other classes in Muskogee Public Schools in Oklahoma will be tougher this year, school officials told parents at a recent forum held to discuss the district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards and a new math program. Dan Hattaway, the district's math instructional coach, says having 90-minute math classes and online resources for students and teachers will help make the transition smoother. The Muskogee Phoenix (Okla.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. math teachers gather to discuss core standards
    Math teachers from Tehama County schools in California gathered recently to share their thoughts on the transition to the Common Core State Standards and to listen to an inspirational speech by David Foster of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative. Teachers were reminded that the standards are to better prepare students for life after high school, provide internationally acknowledged benchmarks and to focus on fewer concepts, but ones that are taught more in-depth. Daily News (Red Bluff, Calif.) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Standards highlight need for professional development
    Educators in Alabama say improved test scores are due to recent professional-development programs at the Key Leaders Network, a program from the Alabama Best Practices Center. Now, educators say such professional development will be increasingly important as schools in the state adopt the Common Core State Standards. The program encourages teachers to work collaboratively to improve schools, said Cathy Gassenheimer, executive vice president for the Alabama Best Practices Center. AL.com (Alabama) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools help increase understanding of common core
    The Common Core State Standards are expected to translate into math classes that cover fewer major concepts, but that approach them in greater depth and help students see how they apply to real-world situations, writes Elizabeth Christopher, a member of the parent-run Melrose Education Coalition in Massachusetts. Schools such as Melrose High School are holding parent and community question-and-answer sessions this year to further explain how the standards will change the teaching of math and other subjects in the months and years ahead, Christopher writes. Wicked Local/Melrose Free Press (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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