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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PD opportunity: secondary math teachers

Secondary Math Instruction and Assessment in Light of the Common Core: The Mathematics Assessment Project
When: September 18, October 23, and November 13, 2013
Where: Kalamazoo RESA service center
Who: Secondary math teachers and administrators
To truly meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards it is not sufficient to simply revise the list of mathematical content covered in the curriculum. The Standards´ emphases on Mathematical Practices require students to be able to think mathematically, and apply the techniques they have learned to rich problems in diverse contexts. Achieving this requires changes in the way mathematics is taught and assessed in most schools.

The Mathematics Assessment Project has developed the Classroom Challenges to exemplify the types of activities needed to supplement traditional classroom practice and support the Standards. This professional development series has been designed to help teachers with the practical and pedagogical challenges faced in implementing these lessons.
This professional development series focuses on
• introducing the model of formative assessment used in the lessons, its theoretical background and practical implementation
• exploring the planning around the two types of Classroom Challenges in detail
• exploring two crucial pedagogical features of the lessons: asking probing questions and collaborative learning

This professional development series is activity-based; built around a collection of example classroom lessons aligned to the Mathematical Practices and Content called for in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Groups of teachers will be engaged in constructive discussions about their own practices and how these could change. Teachers will be provided with time to plan to teach a lesson using these ideas in their own classroom, and meet again to reflect on their experiences.

Principals: attend with your teachers to watch, learn, plan, and support the implementation of the Common Core with fidelity.
12 SCECHs Pending Approval

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Show your support in Lansing: 3rd Common Core hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14

Tomorrow is the third hearing exploring the Common Core State Standards in Lansing, MI.  Lawmakers will be hearing from several experts. There will be time for the pubic to offer commentary.  Come prepared to speak or submit written testimony.  
Please offer your support for the Common Core. Now is the time.
Common Core Standard subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Education , Rep. Tim Kelly, Chair
DATE: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Room 519, House Office Building, Lansing, MI
Testimony from:

Brian Cloyd, Doug Rothwell, Paul Hillegonds, Business Leaders of MI
Dr. William Evers, Hoover Institute
Dr. Diane Ravitch, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas
Jon Austin, President, State Board of Education

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kindergarten Entry Assessment Fall 2013 Pilot

Michigan Department of Education’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability (BAA) is looking for teachers to participate in the Fall 2013 Pilot of the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA). Michigan chose Teaching Strategies GOLD online for its KEA. 

Michigan kindergarten teachers will play a critical role in helping the BAA customize the KEA for Michigan’s teachers, students and families. Please visit the KEA webpage  for more information about the KEA and to sign up for the fall pilot.