News You Can Use
Mathematics is part of the nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) movement. One initiative is Project Lead the Way. Michigan has its own PLTW website. Be sure to visit here for information on this curriculum which incorporates hands-on learning, research, and more.
The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network lists a variety of the major mathematics projects around Michigan. If you've been hearing about Algebra for All or EMATHS (for example), and wanted more information, be sure to visit this site.
Resources Available from Achieve
You may be familiar with Achieve, the educational organization created by a number of U.S. Governors to promote high standards and a higher-quality high school diploma. Achieve has a number of projects in the works. Two that pertain particularly to mathematics education are below.
American Diploma Project (ADP)
The American Diploma Project Network has 35 states working together to ensure that every high school graduate is prepared for college and careers.
The MathWork advocacy toolkit is available FREE to those looking for resources to promote the case that all students, regardless of their post-secondary plans, need rigorous mathematics courses throughout their high school years. The toolkit includes fact sheets, electronic presentations, and other resources for a variety of audiences.
NRC Science and Engineering Practices
Looking for the National Research Council's Science and Engineering Practices? These are found on page 42 of the book, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012) by the Board on Science Education (BOSE). The book can be found at the National Academies Press.
The 8 practices have considerable overlap with the CCSS-M, and are as follows:
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Next Generation Science Standards
Now that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics are in place, attention is turning to Science. With content from the four core areas blending more and more, it's helpful to know what's happening in the other content areas as well. Follow the development of the Next Generation Science Standards by visiting the websites below:
Next Generation Science Standards - the main website for NGSS information.
News from Achieve about the NGSS.
National Science Teachers Association news on the NGSS.
National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012)
Michigan Department of Education - Science Curriculum and Information