Where’s the Math? General Meeting

Where’s the Math? General Meeting

September 10, 2011
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Library: Skyway Library Room 1
Address:  7614 S. 126th St., Seattle, 98178   206-772-5541
Directions: http://www.kcls.org/skyway/directions.cfm

This is an open meeting, and anybody who is passionate about good math education is invited to attend, listen, and participate.  Hope to see you there.

Information, updates, and project reports will be presented that will include the new website, survey results, professional development, textbook adoption, CCSS, and elections.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but have information to report from you local district about textbook adoptions, school board elections, CCSS related activity, or other math related issues, please send a written report to webmaster@wheresthemath.com so the information can be shared at the meeting.

New Where’s the Math? Website

Where’s the Math? now has a new website.  The new website features changes in content, organization and presentation.  You are encouraged to explore the new website and get familiar with the information and how it is organized.  If you are familiar with the layout of the website and the information available, it will be more useful.

http://wheresthemath.com/

The black stripe below the graphic banner has pull down menus of the major topics.  Systematically go through and click every menu item to familiarize yourself with the content.

The News Items page is a dynamic page with new content added almost daily.  Links to math related articles and reports will be posted here.  Under each post it tells the category.  If you would like to see other posts related to that category, simply click on the category link.

There are plans for the website to change as new information is added and issues change.  New pages will be added to address specific topics. We want the website to be an informative and helpful resource to Where’s the Math? members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and community members.  To that end, we are open to suggestions, ideas, and help.  Please contribute ideas for the website and links to articles by sending them to webmaster@wheresthemath.com.

Requests for Information, Resources, and Assistance

Where’s the Math? (WTM) responds to requests for information, resources, and assistance.  Relying on its membership network, WTM does its best trying to respond to requests by providing information, locating or identifying resources, and providing assistance to those making such request.  Depending on the request, WTM is often, but not always, able to connect people with appropriate resources to address their particular request.  Requests have come from concerned parents, teachers, school administrators, school board members, business community members, and advocacy groups.  WTM members have given presentations to groups about issues in math education.  If you need to contact WTM to request information, resources, or assistance, please send an email to webmaster@wheresthemath.com and provide specific background information with your request.

Considering CCSS When Adopting Math Textbooks?

If your school district is beginning to or already is in the process of adopting math textbooks, you need to be aware of this issue.  Many publishers state their textbooks are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  This is a great selling point for them especially since the state has formally adopted the CCSS and is in the process of phasing in the implementation over the next few years.  Be aware of which standards the publisher claims their texts/programs align with.  Many reform texts easily align with the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice (process standards).  These standards are not the same as the content standards.  So, if a publisher states their texts/programs align with the CCSS, dig deeper. Their program may only aligns with the Standards for Mathematical Practice and not the content standards.  Make sure textbooks align with the CCSS content standards.

 

 

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