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OREGON MATHEMATICS TEACHER UPDATE #34
Welcome to the 34th edition of the Mathematics Teacher Update! This electronic newsletter is designed to provide up-to-date Oregon mathematics information directly to classroom teachers. Please remind your colleagues that they can subscribe to this newsletter at: http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/or_math_teachers.
1. PAEMST Nominations end April 1st - Nominate an outstanding K-6 mathematics teacher today! 1
2. Math Reasoning Inventory Website just launched 1
3. New Smarter Balanced Website launched 1
4. Oregon CCSS Toolkit has launched 2
5. PAEMST mentoring opportunity for 2012 nominees 2
6. Smarter Balanced Item Specifications Final Review Open through March 16 3
7. ODE CCSS WebEx Meetings in May 3
8. A new professional learning community for K-12 educators on implementing the CCSS 3
9. Researcher-Teacher Partnerships: Global Climate Change Relevant in the Classroom 4
10. OCTM Professional Development Cadre: Crunch & Brunch Workshops 4
11. COSA Workshop: Spotlight On the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics 4
12. Portland State University - Spring 2012 Course 4
13. SMARTER-Balanced Assessment FAQs – March 2012 5
14. 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge is underway 6
15. OMSI Cards 6
16. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry 7
17. Webinars: MSPnet Academy 7
18. Perennial Math 7
19. Pre-registration available for WorldMaths Day competition – March 7th, 2012 8
20. New web app to assess comprehension, bolster student participation 8
21. CCSS-M: NCTM Administrator's Guide: How to Interpret the CCSS to Improve Mathematics Education 8
22. CCSS-M: NCSM Mathematical Practices Webinar 8
23. Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP): Free resources for educators 9
24. Inside Mathematics Website: Free resources for educators 9
25. ODE Resources (in every issue) 9
26. Request for Articles 9
The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awards may be given to mathematics and science teachers in each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.
Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington DC to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the Nation.
Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. To submit a nomination, you'll need the teacher's name, email address, and school contact information. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at the PAEMST website.
The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2012. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2012 for elementary school teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013.
The goal of the Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) is to help teachers find out what their students really understand about mathematics. MRI assesses students' numerical proficiency and asks questions that the Common Core expects all middle school students to answer successfully. A face-to-face interview is the core of MRI. And reasoning is the heart of MRI -- students solve most problems in their heads and always are asked to explain their strategies.
Information about the tool and how to sign up for a free account can be found on the MRI website: https://mathreasoninginventory.com/ . The website provides information about preparing to give MRI interviews and includes more than 80 video clips of actual interviews, samples of MRI reports, and the reasoning strategies students need to be numerically proficient. For an introduction, see the article posted by Marilyn Burns about MRI on the Math Solutions Online Newsletter: http://www.mathsolutions.com/index.cfm?page=nl_wp2b&crid=303&contentid=902 .
Smarter Balanced has a new external website at www.smarterbalanced.org The site showcases the innovative work of the Consortium and provides frequent updates on activities, milestones, and events. Visitors are able to explore an interactive timeline of activities by school year, download new fact sheets and resources, and sign up for a monthly e-newsletter. In addition, new templates and materials are now available on the collaboration site.
Now that everyone has returned from what was hopefully a relaxing a joyous holiday break, we are pleased to announce that the CCSS Implementation Toolkit is live! The Toolkit can be accessed in one of three ways:
Ongoing feedback is welcome! As you use the toolkit, letting us know which tools are particularly helpful, which are not, and what might be added will help us improve it.
The PAEMST application process itself can be a challenge in itself to complete, but I want to encourage you to begin thinking about the process early so that you can have an application that best represents your skills. This year, all 2012 Oregon nominees will have access to a national mentoring program available through a service provided through the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees which will include:
• Password protected access to all 8 Webinar Sessions
• Unlimited email or phone access to former awardees
Each Webinar Session will address a different aspect of the PAEMST application process, and hopefully help you get a good start on completing your application. The first round of sessions will occur in January & February and will be repeated in March & April. You will be able to choose sessions in either round that work for your schedule. The next session will occur on March 6th at 4:00 pm PT (7:00 ET) and registration information is available below in this email. Dates for future sessions are below for your convenience.
Again this mentoring program is free to all Oregon nominees this year, and hope you will be able to take advantage of this service. Nominees registered before March 6th will receive information of how to attend the webinars. The online nomination period for Elementary Mathematics and Science Teachers (K-6) is now open.
Please visit www.paemst.org/ to nominate a teacher today!
Webinars Round Two:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:00pm ET
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00pm ET
April dates/times to be announced
Please do not hesitate to contact Mark Freed at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about mentoring program and/or PAEMST application this spring.
Final review of key materials describing fundamental aspects of the Smarter Mathematics and English Language Arts assessments that Oregon students will take are available for review through Friday, March 16. This is the last review period for these materials. Documents and Feedback Forms are on the front page under Showcase 3 Item Specifications Materials (2/28/12).
Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines
Bias and Sensitivity Guidelines
Item Specifications – for both Mathematics and English Language arts
Performance Task Specifications
Smarter Balanced IT Architecture
The Information Technology architecture and requirements are available online at www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/
The Oregon Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Stewardship Team and the Oregon Department of Education are sponsoring a series of CCSS webinars that begin this October and continue throughout the year. The webinars will provide updates and answer questions about CCSS implementation.
Information about joining the October webinars is posted on ODE’s Events Registration web page at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/events/
Each webinar will run from 2:30‐3:30 p.m. and will be recorded for later viewing. Topics and dates for the May webinars are:
Instructional Materials May 1, 2012
CCSS Resources Update May 8, 2012
SMARTER-Balanced May 22, 2012
edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community, and Action Learning Systems, Inc., a national professional development company, announce the creation of an online professional learning community to provide a forum for K-12 educators all across the nation to come together to learn about and discuss the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The community will be focused on issues from the teacher perspective, but is open to all K-12 educators. There is no charge for educators to participate in the program which will be promoted to more than 3 million K-12 educators across the country.
Register now for the next CCSS webinar:
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - 4pm / Eastern Time (1pm PT)
Reasoning & Explaining in the Practices
Register online at: http://www.edweb.net/inv_math
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5pm / Eastern Time (2pm PT)
Writing and the Common Core State Standards
Register online at: www.edweb.net/CCSS
This is a special opportunity for middle and high school (Grades 7 - 12) teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or social studies. In the Researcher-Teacher Partnerships project, participants will investigate the complexities of global climate change by working side by side with scientists doing cutting edge climate change research and collaborating with other teachers with similar interests.
Application Deadline: April 6, 2012 to receive full consideration. Teacher Training Session I: July 11-13, 2012. Two-week research experience with partner scientist: July 16 - 27. Teacher Training Session 2: August 9-10, 2012.
This unique professional development opportunity which is funded by NASA includes a $2,000 stipend (upon completion of all requirements), six graduate credits (optional - paid by the participant), housing expenses, some meals, and funds to purchase classroom supplies. For more information, go to: www.cof.orst.edu/onrep/Climate_Institute.shtml Please direct any questions to: Kari O'Connell at Kari.email@example.com or 541-737-6495.
Learn all about the latest topics in math in Oregon while enjoying a delicious brunch and mingling with other math enthusiasts from your local region! For a current list of offerings, go to http://www.octm.org/pdc.html
This session will provide an overview of the new mathematics standards and how these standards directly affect our teachers and students. For more information, visit COSA online at: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=COSA&WebCode=CCSSRS
Deepening Mathematical Understanding for Elementary Teachers- a certificate program for elementary-school teachers, teacher leaders, and coaches which draws upon the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) curriculum.
Advanced Mathematics Methods
Exploration of worthwhile mathematical tasks provides the context for examining learning, teaching, and assessment. Topics include effective learning environments, strategies for planning lessons with a focus on student thinking/understanding, and analysis of materials and resources
Registration now open!
Dates: Tuesdays, April 3 - June 5
Course Fee: $1,170
Register http://ceedcatalog.pdx.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=55088 Contact Kerry.Goldstein@pdx.edu with any questions.
Program Website: http://pdx.edu/education/deepening-mathematical-understanding
Q: Will SMARTER Balanced allow the use of calculators on the summative and interim assessments?
A: No decision has yet been made on the use of calculators with the assessment system. We intend to work with member states, our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and partners like the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to inform our policy on the use of calculators.
This is a complex issue. One of the core tenets of the Common Core math standards is that students must develop mathematical fluency—speed and accuracy with simple calculations. On the other hand, the standards encourage students to use appropriate tools—including calculators—strategically when solving problems.
Fortunately, balancing these priorities is aided by our use of computer adaptive testing. We will be able to provide tools (or no tools, as the case may be) at the item level through the online interface. This not only assures that tools are appropriate to the task, it also levels the playing field so that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged by virtue of the sophistication of their calculators.
Q: How will school districts be chosen to participate in the pilot test?
In early 2013, a pilot test of the assessment system will be conducted in a sample of school districts to ensure technical adequacy and fairness of items and tasks to all student populations. The sampling plan for the pilot test will be developed in collaboration with member states and the contractor for RFP-19 Test Administration—expected to be selected this spring. This approach will identify schools that include a representative sample of students and have sufficient technology resources to pilot the assessments.
Q: How will teachers be selected to participate in the training cadres starting in 2012-13?
A: Smarter Balanced is committed to involving teachers in the development and vetting of formative assessment practices and professional learning opportunities that are a critical component of a balanced assessment system focused on improving teaching and learning. Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, Smarter Balanced will support each state’s convening of an average of 90 teachers for a total of five days to participate in trainings on professional development modules related to the assessment system, and to select formative practices and tools for inclusion in the digital library. It is expected that states will work with existing networks for professional development, and will invite the regional representatives of professional organizations to recommend teachers to participate in the sessions. Additional information will be available in early 2013.
Q: What is the role of the State Readiness Coordinator (SRC) with the Technology Readiness Tool?
A: In February, Smarter Balanced distributed a note requesting that each state identify a single point of contact (or a small core team) that can serve as a state-level expert regarding IT Readiness. Each State Readiness Coordinator (SRC) will receive comprehensive information about the upcoming technology readiness survey and resources to assist districts and schools with data collection. With accurate information about technology gaps, SRCs can work with the Consortium to plan how to use the survey results.
It’s important to note that this survey marks a critical milestone as part of the first phase of implementation of the assessment system. It also provides an opportunity to proactively address technology infrastructure, a major concern for districts and schools that goes far beyond assessments. We encourage you to find expertise beyond the boundaries of the assessment office that can provide the strategic technology leadership to help your districts and schools start to prepare their infrastructure for online assessments in 2014-15.
Q: We are receiving questions from our schools about not being ready for the online test but need some assistance in these questions before we decide one way or another.
1. What is the turnaround time on scoring these tests?
2. How long will the Consortium provide the paper/pencil test?
3. How much will the paper/pencil test cost compared to the online test?
4. How will these paper/pencil tests be scored since they are not computer adaptive?
5. Can we really compare results from these two tests, since one is adaptive and one is not?
A: SMARTER Balanced will make a paper-and-pencil administration option for the summative assessment available to states for three years following the launch of the assessment system (through 2016-17). The paper-and-pencil option is designed to help bridge the transition to online assessments for states where access to computers for test administration remains a challenge in 2014-15.
Consistent with the proposal to the U.S. Department of Education, any additional costs with the administration of the paper-and-pencil assessment will be borne by states electing to use this option. Both turnaround time for results and administration costs depend on several as yet unknown factors, including how much hand-scoring will be necessary. For example, costs would likely be lower—and turnaround faster—if constructed-response items can reliably be converted to a digital format and scored using the automated scoring engine. We will continue to keep states informed of the expected cost of the paper-and-pencil administration as the summative assessment is developed and field tested.
Regarding comparability, many states have used paper-and-pencil and online assessments side-by-side with little difference in the scaling of scores. The paper-and-pencil and CAT assessments will both adhere to the same blueprint, and we will verify the validity and comparability of the two tests during standard setting. While it is true that the CAT will assess a broader range of skills than the paper-and-pencil test, we fully expect that the overall scores will be comparable.
The National STEM Video Game Challenge was launched in partnership with Digital Promise, a new initiative created by President Obama and Congress, supported through the Department of Education. The initiative is designed to unlock the promise of breakthrough technologies to transform teaching and learning.
Entrants have until March 12, 2012 to submit their ideas and games. The contest is open to students and game designers in four levels: middle school, high school, college and graduate students, and educators.
Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.
For more information, visit: http://stemchallenge.org/Default.aspx
OMSI is excited to be offering a new membership discount for teachers and we want to get the word out to as many teachers as possible! Annual membership to OMSI is a great investment for your family. Discounts for teachers are available on the following two membership levels:
OMSI For Two—Teachers Only Price*: $50
1 named adult and 1 guest - OR- 2 named adults
Family or Grandparent—Teachers Only Price*: $65
2 named adults
4 children or grandchildren (ages 3-20)
*Named adult must be currently employed preschool-college educator and present ID from your school, or a homeschool teacher and present confirmation of intent to homeschool from your local ESD or school district.
For more information, call 503.797.4634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Decipher the mystery and complexity of the human body and brain. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens—including entire bodies, individual organs, and transparent body slices—preserved through Plastination, his revolutionary preservation method. The exhibition highlights the neuroscience research on brain development, performance, disease, and disorders.
On exhibit October 20, 2011-March 4, 2012.
Recommended for 5th grade and up.
Advanced school group rates $10 for students and teachers, $15 for chaperones.
Call 503.797.4661 to register.
MSPnet is proud to launch the MSPnet Academy which will include a series of Webinars from leaders in the MSP community and beyond on topics that will address STEM teaching and learning, policy, and professional development. Each Webinar will be followed with a two-week online discussion with the presenter. Webinars will be capped at 100 attendees but will subsequently be archived on the site. Dates and Times Below are subject to change. Announcements of each webinar will be forthcoming with instructions as to how to RSVP.
For more information, you can visit the MSPnet Academy at: http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/mspnet_academy
Perennial Math would like to welcome you to our online competition for grades 4-8. Your students can participate at either a team level or individual student level by registering on www.perennialmath.com. Don't worry if you cannot access the internet, you can always print and administer the tests to log in your students' scores later.
The competition consists of 5 tests each year (November-March). Each test contains 5 questions that get progressively harder. The tests must be completed in 30 minutes.
All students receive a certificate of participation and your team winner will receive a gold medal. Additional awards include plaques for teams who score in the top 10% and dog tags for each student who scores in the top 10% at each grade level. Students who get a perfect score on the test-and exceptional teams can have their name scrolling on our wall of fame.
Why should you join? Because our system saves you time from grading and entering scores, gives your students instant feedback on how they did, and our super cool awards make every mathlete feel proud!
Please feel free to contact Perennial Math for additional information.
Pre-registration for WorldMaths Day 2011 is available. Students play at home and at school against other students around the world in live games of mental arithmetic. Each game lasts for 60 seconds and students can play up to 100 games, earning points for their personal tally. Students can play beyond 100 games during the event, but points will only count to the World Maths Day Mathometer, not their personal point score. The students who answer the most questions correctly appear on the Hall of Fame. There are 5 different levels of play, 20 games on each level.
Schools can register as many or as few students as they wish from when the site opens on February 1st. Please note that class size is limited to 45 students. When class size is less than 20, total class score will be recorded. For classes with more than 20 students, class score is recorded as average participant’s score multiplied by 20.
Registrations officially open February 1, 2012.
More information is available online at: http://www.worldmathsday.com/
Pre-registration information is available at: http://worldmathsday.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2b428d47e0776e970d57d0b65&id=ea5fe056f8
GoSoapBox has introduced its new learning application, GoSoapBox, designed to encourage student participation and provide educators with a way to assess student comprehension of subject material. The customizable Web-based application is available via desktop or mobile device.
With GoSoapBox, students can ask—and respond to—questions during class. They can also vote for questions that they'd like the teacher to address. Questions receiving the most votes rise to the top of the page. Students respond via their computer, smartphone, or tablet. All interaction is anonymous.
Teachers can also use the app to create polls and quizzes. GoSoapBox provides real-time poll results in graphic form. All data can be exported into a spreadsheet.
Educators can register for a free 15-day trial or buy a subscription from GoSoapBox's Web site. Subscriptions are available for $15 per month or $90 per year.
To find out more, visit: http://www.gosoapbox.com./
Nearly a decade ago, NCTM published Administrator's Guide: How to Support and Improve Mathematics Education in Your School. This updated Administrator's Guide now positions school and district leaders to make sense of the past decade's many recommendations, with special emphasis on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
NCTM Administrator's Guide can be found online at: http://www.nctm.org/catalog/product.aspx?id=14288
The Common Core State Standards present new opportunities, as well as challenges, for mathematics education leaders to provide all students access to high quality mathematics instruction and assessment. Learn about the most productive ways to begin CCSS implementation, common pitfalls to avoid, and tools and resources that NCSM will be providing to support this work.
NCSM Practices Webinar can be found online at: http://ncsmonline.org/events/webinars.html
The Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP) aims to bring to life the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MAP is a project of the long-established Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, the Shell Center at the University of Nottingham, and the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative, working with school systems across the US and UK to develop improved assessment. The materials from this project will exemplify CCSS in explicit down-to-earth performance terms.
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) materials can be found online at: http://map.mathshell.org/materials/
Inside Mathematics is a professional resource for educators passionate about improving students' mathematics learning and performance. This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.
Inside Mathematics Website: http://www.insidemathematics.org/
Instructional videos indexed by the CCSSM Practices can be accessed online at: http://www.insidemathematics.org/index.php/commmon-core-math-intro
ODE CCSS Website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/commoncore
ODE Mathematics Homepage: http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/math
ODE Math Content page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1527
ODE Assessment page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=239
ODE Math Problem Solving: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=501
ODE Math Problem Solving Tasks: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=281
If you or your colleagues would like to submit articles to be included in this publication, please submit publication-ready short articles for the Oregon Mathematics Teacher Update. Please send your input to email@example.com. The newsletter will be posted and e-mailed early each month. Please forward this e-mail to any interested educators who might also want to assist me. With your help, we can make this an outstanding resource for all.
To submit an article to the Oregon Mathematics Teacher Update, just follow the simple steps:
1. Write an article
2. Keep it brief
3. Make sure that it is of interest to statewide or regional readers (subscribers are part of the mathematics education network in Oregon, with a focus on k-12 mathematics or STEM education)
4. Including links is encouraged, but attachments are not allowed (please check the links before sending them)
5. Make sure that the articles are “publication ready”, with no heavy editing necessary
6. Use articles in earlier Updates as models (available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1871)
7. Send articles in the body of an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org at least four working days before the first of the month.
For more information:
Contact Mark Freed: ODE Mathematics Specialist
Contact Jim Leigh, ODE Mathematics Assessment Specialist
The materials contained in the Department of Education’s Oregon Mathematics Teacher Update are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate
Oregon Department of Education endorsement.
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