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Summing Up: April 1, 2014

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April 1, 2014

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Linda Gojak NCTM PresidentA Reflection on 25 Years in Mathematics Education 

Twenty-five years ago NCTM released Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for Teaching Mathematics, which presented a comprehensive vision for mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment in grades K–12. Other significant publications continue to identify what we believe students should know and be able to do throughout their school mathematics experience. Since this is my final President’s Message, I thought this would be a good time to look at what the mathematics education community has accomplished since 1989 and the challenges that we must continue to address.

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14861_100x143.jpgPrinciples to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All  

Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM has published Principles to Actions: EnsuringMathematical Success for All to define and describe the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. Principles to Actions offers guidance to teachers, mathematics coaches, administrators, parents, and policymakers. The publication builds on NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and its previous standards publications, and it supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to attain much higher levels of mathematics achievement for all students.

Principles to Actions in New Orleans 

Learn more about this landmark new title at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. The authors of Principles to Actions will present several sessions at the conference about the publication’s focus on teaching and learning and how to engage students in mathematics thinking. Don’t forget to stop by the NCTM Bookstore—the book will be available for purchase in New Orleans beginning at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 9, and available for purchase online at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Illuminations Engagement Contest 

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Do you prefer to rely on choice rather than chance when entering a contest? Take charge of your opportunity to win one of two iPad Minis! How it works: Collect points for telling us how you use our resources, and the two highest-scoring participants win. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to participate, but we’ve got the tools to increase your chances of winning at our Illuminations booth (located behind the Member Showcase). Visit here, or drop by the NCTM Illuminations booth for details!

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Annual Meeting Preview Radio Interview 

NCTM President Linda Gojak recently previewed the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, April 9–12, with Larry Jacobs, host of Education Talk Radio. Learn more about the preconference workshops, program and presentations, and all that will be happening at this exciting event in the Big Easy! EducationTalk Radio 

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SmarterBalanced_FieldTest_Map_250x158.jpgSmarter Balanced Field Test 

Smarter Balanced member states are developing assessments aligned with the Common Core. In the 2014–15 school year, these assessments will replace existing state tests in English and mathematics. Before the assessments are implemented, however, Smarter Balanced will conduct a field test from March 25 to June 6. This will ensure that test questions are accurate and fair for all students. It will also give teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness in advance of the first operational assessments in spring 2015. Who will participate in the field test and how can students and teachers prepare? 

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Supporting Teachers… Reaching Students… Building Futures! 

For nearly 38 years, NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) has been putting money directly into the hands of educators who want to improve themselves and the teaching of mathematics. Funding for grants, scholarships, and awards ranges from $1,200 to $24,000 and can be used for conferences, workshops, and seminars; research and in-service training in mathematics coursework; or professional development activities. Congratulations to the recipients of the wintercycle of MET grants! The deadline for the next cycle of grants is May 2. 

New Cookbook Debuts in New Orleans 

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Measurement, volume, ratio, proportional reasoning—and by extension, attention to detail—are some of the key mathematical concepts that are necessary to achieve successful and tasty results with any recipe. NCTM has chosen to publish a cookbook, Recipes You Can Count On, not only to demonstrate the everyday uses of mathematics, but also to raise funds to support the dedicated mathematics and preservice teachers who benefit from NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust.

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700+ Sessions, Workshops, and Bursts 

Join NCTM in New Orleans April 9–12 for sessions that will help you “unpack” the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), and get the tips, tools, and fresh ideas that you need to help your students master CCSSM. Whether you’re a veteran math teacher, math coach, math specialist, or a new or preservice teacher, this conference has something for you.

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Win an iPad  

Attending NCTM’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans next month? In addition to learning more about NCTM membership benefits at the Member Showcase, located in the BuzzHub of the Exhibit Hall, make sure to stop by and get your badge scanned for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Air ($500 value)! And while you’re there, be sure to renew or sign up for an NCTM membership and you’ll receive a Boston 2015 Annual Meeting T-shirt.

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Education policy has been getting a public boost in recent weeks. That is, after months of staff negotiations and efforts to jumpstart action on several education policy bills, some all-too-rare bipartisan support for moving legislative proposals seems to have coalesced just in time for spring! Although action on a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains stalled, momentum for other changes in federal education policy is evident.

The New America Foundation held an event, “Beyond Screen Time: Early Learning and Digital Media,” and discussed ways in which technology can be quite beneficial and even enriching to young children, such as skyping with a grandparent, participating in games that develop math concepts, and working with digital letters and words flashcards.

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PAEMST_125x101.jpgPAEMST Nominations  

NCTM is proud to support the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year, the White House will be honoring outstanding K–6 math (and science) teachers. Have one in your life? Nominate him or her for a PAEMST award—or nominate yourself! Nominations are due April 1; applications are due May 1. 

Education Challenge Grant 

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation’s (ESAF) Education ChallengeGrant awards those who want to bring cutting-edge educational technology into their classrooms. The grant is open to any school that wants to leverage interactive entertainment software to strengthen its current curricular offerings or create new learning experiences for its students. Proposed lesson plans should reflect the significant impact that games can have on learning. Winners will receive funding to implement their projects in the classroom, grade, school, or district in the fall of 2014. The grant submission deadline is April 18.

Summer Travel Programs for Teachers 

GEEO_Logo_200x76.pngGlobal Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is offering professional development travel programs for teachers in 18 countries this summer. Educators have the option to earn graduate school or professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 24 days and are designed to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials and the structure to help teachers bring their experiences back to the classroom. The program is available to K–12 and university educators and administrators of all nationalities, as well as retired educators. Register no later than June 1.

Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition 

The Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition on March 14 with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grants (up to $3,000,000 each). In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. The i3 program includes three grant categories: development, validation, and scale-up. The Department plans to announce applications for the validation and scale-up categories this spring.

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