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July 5, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News
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High-school students use rap to learn equations, calculations
Senior Jabari Johnson recently won the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. -- Bringing Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science -- competition. Jabari and 300 other New York students spent a semester writing raps about different scientific concepts as part of the after-school program Science Genius. The student's rhyme, called "Quest for Joulelry" describes the equation of force times distance equals work. Wired.com (7/1)
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7 ways to engage middle-schoolers in complex texts
Learn from curriculum and early adolescence experts the best ways to help middle school students develop close-reading skills as required by the new college- and career-ready standards: the ability to analyze challenging texts and to grasp literal and inferential meanings.
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Is computer science gaining ground in high schools?
While high schools in Massachusetts and elsewhere are taking a greater role in promoting and teaching computer programming, officials report a lack of student interest that is reflective of a national trend. However, some say that could change as the technology industry becomes more involved in training its next generation of employees. Already, at one Massachusetts school, a teacher says he has 30 students enrolled in a programming course next year -- an increase from 19 this year. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (7/3)
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The Premier K-6 Math Conference: Singapore and So Much More!
SDE's National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies goes beyond just Singapore Math and provides innovative and exciting ways to teach math, delivered by nationally and internationally-leading math minds. Rich with "how-to" implementation and grade-specific content strategies. July 6-10 in Las Vegas. Group discounts and principals attend FREE!

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How to prepare students for tests under the common core
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards will largely overhaul assessments, asserts Kristen Swanson, senior educational technology leader for BrightBytes. In this article, she writes about the shifts in context, rigor and synthesis under common-core-aligned assessments and offers examples of each change. These changes, she writes, will require teachers to alter the way they prepare students for standardized tests, in part, by having students research, create and problem-solve -- all while using various sources and tools. T.H.E. Journal (7/2)
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Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmatic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Click here to preview the entire book!

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Calif. schools are eager to incorporate STEM education
More districts in California are seeking ways to add science, technology, engineering and math to the school day. "Almost every district is starting a STEM school or program at an existing school," said Mike Barney, of the Riverside County Office of Education, who oversees programs, including STEM. Besides launching specific academies, some schools are designing physics playgrounds where they launch rockets and others are starting after-school programs in robotics and coding. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (7/1)
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Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

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Duncan: Philadelphia must resolve $304M budget shortfall
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement Tuesday in which he urged Philadelphia officials to work to eliminate the school district's $304 million budget shortfall, which Duncan called an "educational crisis." Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Diane Ravitch, a national education expert, said they asked Duncan to step in. Duncan said his office is offering support to the city and school officials to help resolve the funding crisis. The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/3)
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In your view, which of the following poses the greatest limitations on how you teach mathematics?
Students who are uninterested  38.79%
Students who are disruptive  23.56%
Students with diverse academic abilities  22.70%
Lack of parental involvement  6.90%
Lack of teaching resources  6.03%
Students with special needs  2.01%
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