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Summing Up: December 18, 2013

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December 18, 2013


snowmanWinter Break Tips
Winter break is almost here! Worried that your students will forget everything you’ve been working on in the classroom? Check out our tips for keeping up on math skills over the winter break. From reading to baking, the list has plenty of games and projects that families can enjoy with their children.

Focus on Mathematical Modeling

Modeling can engage students in writing, using multiple representations, making conjectures, and more. Share your experiences and observations of students’ success with modeling in your classroom in the 2015 Focus Issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. Let us know what works for you. The deadline is soon approaching—the due date is January 6! Learn more.

homework1Help Your Child Succeed in Math

This family guide is an excellent tool to share with parents. It’s full of tips and resources to help parents work with their children’s schools and to help their children develop a positive attitude and enjoy math. Help your students and their families succeed in math!

Pilot Algebra Class Forges New Path in Learning
NCTM President Linda Gojak’s latest President’s Message, “Algebra: Not If but When is cited in this article which focuses on a school district that has launched an accelerated algebra program at the middle school level. Students taking part in the program learn pre-algebra skills in seventh grade and take a full year of algebra I in eighth grade. School officials say that students are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that the accelerated path is the best fit for them. Vineyard Gazette

Math Education and the Common Core

NCTM President Linda Gojak was a guest on Education Talk Radio with host Larry Jacobs. She discussed the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and previewed NCTM’s goals for 2014. Education Talk Radio 

Dividers_SU_Other News

Urban Landscape: 21 School Districts’ Achievement

Today, the National Assessment Governing Board released results of The Nation’s Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading—Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). Six out of 21 urban districts scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in mathematics in at least one grade level. The assessment provides in-depth results from 21 urban public school districts, tracking fourth- and eighth-grade student achievement in mathematics and reading over time. The TUDA report card expands on the national and state findings in The Nation’s Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading, Grades 4 and 8, released last month. Learn more about the results with the executive summary, video site tour, district snapshots, and more.

Hour of Code Huge Success

In seven days, the Hour of Code—a weeklong initiative to get children to take programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week—made history and broke records. Fifteen million students in 170 countries learned one Hour of Code! View these fascinating facts.

Common Core State Fact Sheets

The Center for American Progress has compiled a series of 14 fact sheets about states implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The series documents the current state of student achievement, demonstrates the imperative for higher standards, and offers a side-by-side comparison of current achievement and expected achievement resulting from CCSS.

reading10+ Math Activities
Holiday and winter breaks are just weeks away, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, the time off doesn’t mean the children need to stop learning. Consider some helpful tips, including 10+ math activities, from the U.S. Department of Education to keep children’s minds sharp and challenged during their break. These ideas might just prevent cabin fever!


gftwk3Free Shipping on All Books

The NCTM 4-weeks-of-Giving continues! This week, December 16−22, we are offering free shipping on all books to all current NCTM members. Visit the online bookstore and take advantage of this great offer by using code HD13C. Also, be sure to check back next week for the final deal of up to $25 off of membership renewal; offer begins next Monday.


Thank You, Donors!

As 2013 draws to a close, and the new year’s opportunities and possibilities approach, the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Board of Trustees would like to thank all of its donors. Without them, MET would not be able to create and fund grants, awards, honors, and projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. MET also offers kudos to teachers and prospective teachers who applied for MET funding—your commitment to improve math skills and achieving professional goals is inspiring. We hope to see everyone at Jazz Up!—the 2014 NCTM MET Celebration to thank you for your active participation. Learn more about how you can apply for a MET grant, scholarship, or award, and how you can support MET programs.


Early-Bird Registration Extended: Save $40 on Common Core Institutes

You still have time to save $40 on your registration to the 2014 NCTM Interactive Institute Winter Professional Development Series—Cutting to the “Common Core.” Join NCTM in Orlando, February 14−15, for this series of two-day institutes for teachers of elementary, middle, and high school grades, and walk away with the tools and resources to align your teaching successfully with the Common Core State Standards. Save $40 and register by December 20.

Speakers Announced: 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting
Exceptional speakers and essential topics in mathematics education will come together at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, April 9−12. The NCTM lineup includes keynote presentations by award-winning math scholar Steven Strogatz, and FoxTrot creator and cartoonist Bill Amend, as well as lead writers for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the writing team for NCTM’s forthcoming Principles to Actions, and many more experts in the profession. Register today and save $80 with early-bird registration.


U.S. Capitol Building (small)As the holidays approach, the education community in Washington is breathing a bit easier. Congress has reached an agreement that will avoid most of the additional cuts that were due to affect school districts during the 2014−15 school year. Capitol Report

The American Enterprise Institute held a webinar, “Common Core Meets Education Reform: What It All Means for Politics, Policy, and the Future of Schooling,” to discuss the goals of the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying implementation process. Legislative Update