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Summing Up: May 20, 2014

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Principles to Actions Back in Stock  
14861_100x143.jpgThere has been an overwhelming response to the release to Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, and the initial demand exceeded our supply. The publication is now back in stock, ready for you to grow your NCTM library. Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM defines and describes the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. What will it take to turn the opportunity of the Common Core State Standards into reality in every classroom, school, and district? Order NCTM’s solution—Principles to Actions.

MTMS Journal CoverNCTM Seeks Middle School Journal Editor
Are you a middle school teacher or a mathematics teacher educator looking to do something different? Do you want to help thousands of teachers around the globe improve their teaching and math skills? NCTM is seeking a journal editor for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, the peer-reviewed publication serving mathematics teachers of grades 5–8. Apply today! 

Making Time for Mathematics 
“Mathematics is at my core,” said Jeffrey J. Wanko, who is the author of “Making Time for Mathematics,” the latest post at the Mathematics Teacher blog, and who teaches mathematics methods courses at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. “I don’t know why I am wired this way—I just am. But I learned very quickly that not everyone has the same appreciation for mathematics that I do.”

New Brain Teasers from Illuminations 
Try them out yourself! Write “2014” with the first four prime numbers, with the aid of the operations addition, multiplication, and exponentiation in 2014. In Moving Matches, an isosceles trapezoid is composed of seven matches. You are to modify the position of three matches in order to obtain two equilateral triangles. Do you have an original puzzle to share with the math education community? E-mail Illuminations for a chance to get it published!

Between the Wholes: Promoting Fraction and Decimal Understanding
What are your approaches to facilitating children’s understanding of fractions and decimals? What classroom activities and ideas do you use to help children make sense of fractions and decimals as numbers, benchmarks, measures, quotients, or operators? Share your ideas with Teaching Children Mathematics about developing number sense for fractions and decimals among K–grade 6 students for the October 2015 focus issue. Submit your manuscript by July 31.


2 + 2 = What? Parents Rail against Common Core Math 
NCTM President Diane Briars talks about parents’ frustrations with math homework and the Common Core. “Part of what we are trying to teach children is to become problem solvers and thinkers,” said Briars. “We want students to understand what they’re doing, not just get the right answer.” Associated Press 

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How Are 12th Graders Performing in Mathematics? 
The latest Nation’s Report Card, 2013 Mathematics and Reading: Grade 12 Assessments, reveals how 12th graders are performing in mathematics. Among the 11 volunteer pilot states that participated in both the 2009 and 2013 assessments, four made gains from 2009 in mathematics. Other interesting findings? Average math scores for Hispanic 12th graders increased seven points from the 1st NAEP math scores in 2005. Also, students who agreed that taking mathematics will help them in the future scored higher.

MAA Curriculum Inspirations 
The Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Curriculum Inspirations is a multimedia experience for the middle- and high-school communities. Learn 10 problem-solving strategies aligned with the Mathematical Practice Standards for success both in the classroom and in MAA American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC). Find practice examples galore listed by strategy and Common Core topic. Bring excitement to mathematics learning, thinking, and doing! 

New Blog about the Common Core 
The Alliance for Excellent Education recently launch “Core of the Matter,” a new blog series devoted to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and struggling students. As schools, districts, and states work to implement the new standards—including new assessments—the Alliance will use this series to bring attention to the challenge and imperative of delivering on the promise and potential of the standards for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved by the education system.

Becoming a Mathlete 
ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer visited the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida, May 8–11. Top math students across the country competed in this mathematics competition, which is based on the belief that everyone can excel at math. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. For more than 30 years, MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators. What does it take to be a Mathlete? 

President Obama Thanks 100Kin10 
President Barack Obama applauds 100Kin10, its partner organizations, and their collective success in their commitment to train and recruit more than 40,000 STEM teachers by 2016 and to encourage more of these talented educators to stay in the classroom longer. 100Kin10 is a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. Its 200 partners include nonprofits such as NCTM, universities, school districts, corporations, museums, charter management organizations, states, and federal agencies.

PARCC Model Content Frameworks  
PARCC states are seeking feedback from educators on the draft K–2 Model Content Frameworks, which are resources to assist educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, and also to guide the development of formative tasks and diagnostic tools. The frameworks—one for math and one for English language arts/literacy—were developed by PARCC state representatives, educators, and experts in standards and formative assessments. Send your feedback by May 30.


Dive Deep into Common Core Concepts  
Whether you are an experienced classroom teacher or just beginning your career, NCTM’s 2014 Interactive Institutes will provide the instructional strategies and high-quality professional development you need to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards in the classroom. Join us in San Diego or Chicago for two-and-a-half days of face-to-face, focused learning on topics including algebra, number and operations, and mathematical practices and process standards. Emerge with new ideas to help students learn how to examine, interpret, and think critically about math concepts. Register early to save $40.

Great Math at Your Doorstep—NCTM Regional Conferences
Join us in Indianapolis, Richmond, or Houston for NCTM’s 2014 Regional Conferences & Expositions, our signature fall math education events. At each conference, more than 200 presentations will offer the latest on the Common Core, NCTM’s Process Standards, the Guiding Principles and Mathematics Teaching Practices detailed in NCTM's new Principles to Actions, assessment, differentiated instruction, 21st Century Learning in the math classroom, and more. Register now and save up to $80!


Your First Years Teaching Elementary Mathematics  
Success from the Start: Your First Years Teaching Elementary Mathematics highlights how students learn math and the pedagogy behind it. Using vignettes based on real classroom discussions, the authors illustrate effective teaching practices to support math learning. This essential resource acts as a supportive and reassuring companion that teachers can return to throughout their journey as an elementary mathematics teacher. “The authors have crafted a powerful and practical guide for every primary teacher who grapples with effective ways to implement a high-quality mathematics instruction that works for all students,” said Steve Leinwand, of the American Institutes for Research, and lead author of Principles to Actions.


Mathematics Teacher Educator  
Did you know that you could add the journal Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE) to your current membership? MTE is a joint online journal between NCTM and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and is available twice a year. You can add this journal to your full or e-membership for $20, or $10 if you are student or emeritus member. Learn more about this valuable journal today!

Teacher Appreciation Continues 
Although Teacher Appreciation Week has now passed, NCTM is still celebrating! We have extended the offer of 25% off all NCTM publications through May 30. Use promo code TEACH25 at checkout to receive the discount.


Congress returned to Washington after a two-week April recess seemingly ready to take care of some education policy business. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was summoned to a fourth appearance on Capitol Hill—this time before the Senate Budget Committee.

The National Science Foundation hosted a panel presentation and discussion entitled, “Growing the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow.” Participants examined the skills gap from a workforce perspective and stated findings that while the pervasive assumption among manufacturers is that there is a lack of skilled American workers, 75 percent of those surveyed were able to fill jobs within a month of vacancies.


National Board Field Test
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is recruiting pre-K–12 teachers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license, to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. In exchange for 3.5 hours of your time, you will be eligible to receive up to $50 in gift cards upon successful completion of each online testing appointment. Share the news with your colleagues and participate today!

Statistics Teacher Network Issue Now Available 
The latest issue of Statistics Teacher Network (STN) is now available. STN is a free newsletter published by the American Statistical Association and the NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K–12. E-mail editor Rebecca Pierce if you would like to submit articles or announcements.

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