August 22, 2013
New Response to Intervention Digital Series
Math of Tomorrow (MOTO) is a new Response to Intervention (RtI) digital series for kindergarten through second grade. MOTO comprises seven digital student books, available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, and in Web-based format on the NCTM website, and a comprehensive teacher website—Teacher Connect—purchased through NCTM’s website. The entire series is designed to meet and support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Read the news release.
Common Core State Standards FAQ Video
You asked, and we listened! We’ve created a video to answer many questions regarding the new standards. Take a look at some of the most popular myths and facts to be better informed. Watch this video and share it with parents as the new school year begins.
The NCTM app gives smartphone users easy, efficient access to timely NCTM information—from updates on new publications and best sellers to the latest information on upcoming conferences and professional development opportunities. Users can be up to the minute on NCTM activities, teaching tips, and classroom resources. The app also includes our Facebook feed, Flickr photos, and YouTube videos. Check it out!
Common Core Exams Shine a Light on Appropriate Use of Calculators
Students taking Common Core math exams in grades 3–5 will not be permitted to use calculators on the exams, but students in high school will have some access to the devices, according to policies created by the two consortia developing the exams. In general, language in the standards about calculators focuses on their appropriate, strategic use in the classroom. It will be easier to judge the effects of the policy when more test questions are made available, according to NCTM President Linda Gojak, but overall, she is “not too troubled” by the policy. Education Week
MOTO—Making Math Fun For ALL Students
NCTM recently introduced a new response to intervention (RtI) digital series. Math of Tomorrow (MOTO) “blends what we know keeps students engaged with an interactive format so that students can progress at their own rate,” said coauthor Amy Lingo. Learn more by listening to a radio show on Education Talk Radio.
Cities Announced! 2013 Back-to-School Bus Tour
It’s back-to-school time, which means that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior officials are hitting the road once again for the department’s annual back-to-school bus tour. This year’s tour, with the theme “Strong Start, Bright Future,” will run September 9–13 and includes visits to states throughout the Southwest. See if it’s stopping at a city near you!
New Common Core Toolkit
A collaboration by Achieve, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Student Achievement Partners brings together a set of interrelated, freely available tools for evaluating instructional and assessment materials for alignment with the Common Core State Standards. The toolkit supports the evaluation of comprehensive textbook or textbook series, units, lessons, grade- or course-level assessments, item banks, and individual assessment items, and can be applied to both print and digital materials. Learn more.
PARCC Releases New Sample Items
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 19-state consortium working together to create next-generation assessments recently released additional sample items for mathematics. The sample items show how PARCC is developing tasks to measure the critical content and skills elaborated in the Common Core State Standards. The sample items have undergone PARCC’s rigorous review process to ensure quality and demonstrate the content that will be on the assessments in 2014–15.
Change the Equation’s Vital Signs
How have STEM jobs weathered the sluggish economy? Are enough young people coming through the pipeline to meet the demand? Are states holding students to a high standard? Answers to these questions and more are found in a recently released national data overview. Change the Equation’s 2012 Vital Signs, which measures the health of the K–12 STEM learning enterprise, state by state, offers the most comprehensive available picture of STEM in your state—the demand for and supply of STEM skills, what states expect of students, students’ access to learning opportunities, and the resources that schools and teachers have to do their work.
It’s Almost Back-to-School Time!
NCTM wants to help you kick off the new school year right! We are offering a promotion of $10 off full membership for new members and $15 off full membership for renewing members. As a member, you’ll stay up to date on all our efforts to advocate for mathematics funding and support for mathematics teachers. Use code BTSU813—this offer ends September 9. NCTM membership.
2013 Member Referral Winners
Congratulations to NCTM members William Farber of New York, Carla van de Sande of Arizona, and Kevin LoPresto of Virginia—the 2013 winners of the NCTM member referral program! The program encourages members to pass along information about NCTM to their colleagues and friends. The names of current members who recruit new members are entered into a drawing for great prizes, including the grand prize—a trip to the next NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition. Help us grow stronger as an organization. Refer today.
Using Formative Assessment for Student Learning
Learn how to successfully evaluate student learning—while it’s happening—with “Using Formative Assessment for Student Learning,” a preconference workshop to be held on October 16 at the Hilton Baltimore. Designed for educators of grades 3–8, this preconference workshop will give you the models and strategies that you need to successfully evaluate student learning to guide future instruction and move student learning forward. Separate registration and fee required-space is limited. Register early.
Congress is out of town for the month of August, so not much is happening on Capitol Hill regarding education policy. And that’s a welcome change for education advocates, who worked long hours in June and July as the House and Senate made some progress on revising the country’s K–12 education policies. Read more in the Capitol Report.
The theme of the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College is “Mathematical Modeling and Creativity in Mathematics Education.” The lead article will discuss the aspects of mathematical modeling—at both the state and national levels—that must be addressed to meet the challenges that will be posed over the coming decade. Past issues have focused on leadership, equity, assessment, technology, and curriculum. The deadline for manuscripts is September 3, with review leading to publication in late November. Want more info? Send an e-mail.
2014 Montenegro Conference Call for Papers
The Mathematics Education for the Future Project warmly welcomes you to its 12th International Conference. “The Future of Mathematics Education in a Connected World” will be held September 21–26, 2014, at the Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. For all conference details and updates, visit here, or e-mail Alan Rogerson.