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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Common Core State Standards: UNPACKED!

North Carolina has kick-started their implementation of the CCSS-M by developing "unpacked" clarifying statements and task examples for every single math standard in grades K-12. Be sure to check out your grade level and take advantage of the wealth of instructional support these helpful documents provide.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NEW Common Core Learning Progression released

The draft of the data part of the Measurement and Data (MD) Progression (covering both categorical and measurement data) has been released. This progressions covers K-5 measurement and data.
The Progressions Project will be releasing a draft of the Fractions progression before the end of June, and the Ratios and Proportional Relationships progression in early July.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Announcing TI-Nspire™ Summer Training

Discover what’s new in TI technology and professional development!

Experience the power of the TI-Nspire™ CX and the TI-Nspire™ CX CAS with T³™ professional development. Join your math and science colleagues for hands-on, interactive and relevant math and science training using TI-Nspire™ technology.

Kalamazoo RESA August 15-17, 2011 8:30-4:00

When you register for a workshop, you’ll receive:
  • The new TI-Nspire CX handheld or TI-Nspire CX CAS and Teacher Software – yours to keep!
  • Professional development from renowned T³ instructors
  • Networking and learning with your colleagues

New or just beginning to use TI-Nspire technology?
Not a problem! The 'Getting Started' workshops are just for you.

Register now. Spots are quickly filling.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Implementing RtI in High Schools: Informational Webinar

Join RTI Action Network's next RTI Talk:

Implementing RTI In High Schools

June 29, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Implementing RtI at the secondary level presents unique challenges and new questions. Join Drs. Matthew Burns, Hollie Pettersson and Rebecca Sarlo as they explore the application of multi-tiered systems of support in high school settings and answer your questions about key issues. They will also offer examples to illustrate the application of RtI practices that increase student achievement for academics and behavior at the high school level. Submit your questions today!

Joining this RTI Talk is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Since RTI Talks are text-based discussions, all you'll need is Internet access to participate. You can submit your question in advance of the Talk, or during the scheduled event. In either case, participating is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Click here. This will take you to a page featuring a detailed description of this Talk and additional resources on the topic;
  2. Type your question in the field provided;
  3. Click "Ask your Question."

That's all there is to it. Once the Talk is live, you'll see the questions that have been asked and our experts' answers.

Did you miss something?

Don't worry if you aren't available to join the live Talk — we'll save the transcript for you, and you can visit this online resource as often as you like.

Please note: Due to the volume of questions submitted, our experts may not be able to answer each individual question.

Read more about Matthew Burns Ph.D., Hollie Pettersson Ph.D. and Rebecca Sarlo Ph.D

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MCTM K-12 Teacher Survey

Want YOUR voice to be heard?
Looking for better ways for the State of Michigan to support you as a teacher?

Voice your opinion now

To better serve Michigan teachers, K-12 teachers of science and mathematics are being asked to respond to a series of questions about their needs and available resources to support the teaching and learning of science and math. This survey is a collaborative effort among the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is being facilitated by Science and Mathematics Program Improvement (SAMPI) at Western Michigan University.


Survey closes June 10, 2011

Attend the 62nd MCTM Annual Conference in August

Formative Assessment?
Math & Technology?
Ideas for helping ALL students deeply learn mathematics?

You're in the right place!

The 2011 MCTM Annual Conference will be held again at Dakota HS in Macomb, Michigan. You can plan to learn more about the Common Core State Standards, the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, teacher evaluation and the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice, and more!

The pre-conference institutes will be held on Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 3, 2011 (morning only on Wednesday) and the conference will be held full days on Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, 2011.

This year, there are a ton of incentives for first-timers and for bringing along a colleague. Come join fellow math educators to learn more about
  • Common Core State Standards for Math
  • STEM
  • Supporting students struggling in Mathematics: Special Ed and RtI
Check out the schedule, learn more, and register to attend at the 2011 MCTM Conference Information page.

See you there!

GeoGebra Training for Secondary Teachers

GeoGebra is a FREE, dynamic mathematics software that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus into one easy-to-use package. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA.

June 21, 2011: Algebraic Applications
June 22, 2011: Geometric Applications
Cost: $20 for one day, $30 for both days
Location: C-1-130 Mackinac Hall, GVSU Allendale Campus
Registration: To register, print and complete this brochure.

Grand Valley State University is offering two one-day workshops on the free dynamic software, GeoGebra. Each day the participants will learn to use the dynamic software and find resources for using it in the classroom. The focus for Tuesday, June 21, 2011 will be Algebraic applications; and the focus for Wednesday, June 22, 2011 will be Geometric applications. Additionally, participants will explore how dynamic representation deepens students’ understanding. They
will be introduced to the GeoGebra wiki, which has example lesson plans and resources for GeoGebra users to explore and use. After the introduction to GeoGebra and individual exploration, each participant will work on an activity of their choice with instructors present for support.
For an introduction to GeoGebra, visit, authored by John Golden.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NEW RESOURCE: Common Core Math (and ELA)

Do you have summer curriculum work scheduled for Math or ELA?

Dreading the hours it will take to unpack the new standards into student-friendly "I can..." learning targets?

Help is here!

Align, Assess, Achieve has created The Common Core: Clarifying Expectations for Teachers and Students, a series of clarifying and reference guides which are especially helpful to teachers, administrators, and anyone involved with curriculum.

Each book

  • Includes all Mathematics CCSS standards for the grade level/subject in one convenient 8½ x 5½ inches flip book

  • Clarifies learning expectations for both teachers and students with suggested

    • Enduring Understandings

    • Essential Questions

    • Learning Targets

    • Vocabulary

    • Connections to the mathematical practice standards

  • Fosters quality formative and summative assessment, descriptive feedback, and student involvement.

The Common Core: Clarifying Expectations for Teachers & Students is a cost effective solution. Schools can save the time and money they would have spent unpacking and printing the Common Core State Standards.