Thursday, November 16, 2017

Math and Science Ambassadors RFR is posted on COMMBUYS


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is looking for a vendor to establish and support a Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Ambassador program.  The assistance includes support in vetting and hiring Mathematics and STE Ambassadors, securing space for the Mathematics and STE Ambassadors training meetings, monitoring district meetings, supporting the Mathematics and STE Ambassadors in evaluating and disseminating the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade mathematics tasks, middle school and high school STE tasks, and collecting feedback on the overall initiative.

We're very excited to launch this project!  If you or someone who know is interested in bidding, please check out the bid solicitation

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New ESE Math Networks


ESE welcomes educators from across the state to join our 2017–2018 mathematics, literacy, and science educator networks. These networks are designed to drive implementation of the 2017 Massachusetts Mathematics and ELA/Literacy Frameworks and the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Framework. We are calling on classroom leaders, school leaders, and district leaders to partner across districts to learn, to test and refine tools and strategies, and to innovate.  

The following is a list of all of the new math networks being offered:

 Early Numeracy Network (Pre-K–3):
 Steppingstones to Addition and Subtraction

Who should attend:
Math curriculum directors, coaches, and lead pre-K–3 teachers

Locations and dates: 
Group 1: Holyoke (10/10, 11/16, 1/19, 3/23)
Group 2: Upton (10/13, 11/13, 1/17, 3/9)
Group 3: Woburn (10/12, 11/15, 1/18, 3/27)

Time:
9am–12:30pm

Questions:
Ian Stith, istith@doe.mass.edu




The effective integration of Mathematical Practices (MPs) into elementary instruction promotes a deep and flexible understanding of mathematics and better supports a wide range of students to develop mathematical expertise. This network focuses on key connections between the MP Standards and the Content Standards that define what students should know and be able to do. Specifically, the network aims to amplify opportunities for pre-K–3 students to develop mathematical practices 2 and 7 as they add, subtract, and multiply. It challenges district math leaders, coaches, and lead teachers to expand the problem types their students encounter, and to establish mathematical practice routines that develop students’ abilities to reason across diverse problem situations. The network aims to launch common routines across pre-K–3 that focus on contextualizing and decontextualizing problem situations (MP2) and making use of structure (MP7).  

 Middle Grades Math Network (grades 4–7):
 Proportional Reasoning: The Bridge from Fractions to Ratios

Who should attend:
District teams of 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th grade teachers (including EL and special education teachers)

Locations and dates:
Group 1: Holyoke (10/26, 12/13, 2/2, 3/8)
Group 2: Fitchburg (10/24, 12/5, 1/30, 3/6)
Group 3: Bridgewater (10/25, 12/6, 1/31, 3/13)
All groups: Statewide convening (6/5)

Time:
9am–12:30pm

Questions:
Melinda Griffin, mrgriffin@doe.mass.edu
Leah Tuckman, ltuckman@doe.mass.edu


The content of middle grades math marks a significant shift from arithmetic concepts (whole number and fractional operations) to algebraic concepts (ratios, rates of change, proportions). The 2017 Mathematics Framework includes new clarifications for the vertical progression of fraction concepts in grades 4–5 to proportional reasoning concepts in grades 67. This network brings together 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade teachers to create, test, and refine standards-aligned tasks that illuminate this vertical learning progression. These tasks will also feature varied opportunities for students to demonstrate the three key elements of mathematical rigor: procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and authentic application. Network members will apply tools and strategies from cross-district regional sessions to create task progressions within their in-district working groups. These tasks and student work samples will be shared statewide.



 Secondary Math Network (grades 6–12):
 Access Math: Building middle/high coursework pathways for the future

Who should attend:
District teams, ideally composed of math curriculum director and/or department heads, principal and/or assistant principal, and guidance counselor(s)

Location and dates:
Marlborough (9/27, 11/8, 1/3, 2/27 

Time:
9am–12:30pm

Questions:
Connie Varoudakis, cvaroudakis@doe.mass.edu

The 2017 Mathematics Framework provides an opportunity for districts to revisit and plan course sequences in middle and high school mathematics that encourage ALL students to persist in their mathematical studies. This network brings together math instructional leaders (department leaders, school administrators, and district math leaders) to share current thinking and best practices for grade/course pathways for grades 612. The network aims to develop grade/course progressions that are coherent and transparent; that include multiple “on-ramps” to promote equitable enrollment; and that map forward to career pathways and opportunities. The network also aims to foster systems of support to promote opportunities for more students to access accelerated coursework. Network members will have the opportunity to work across districts to identify the indicators they use to evaluate the effectiveness of their math programming; to define problems of practice; and to adapt or create course pathways and support strategies.


Urban Mathematics Leaders Network
Advancing Access for English Learners
REGISTRATION: contact mraha@doe.mass.edu

Who should attend:
Urban math leaders

Location and dates:
Marlborough (10/11, 1/10, 3/15, 5/31)

Time:
9am–12:30pm

Questions:
Meto Raha, mraha@doe.mass.edu

For 20172018, the ongoing urban mathematics leaders (UML) network will focus on advancing access for English learners (ELs). Specifically, network members will work collaboratively to develop, test, and refine diagnostics to accurately assess the mathematical abilities of new EL students at different grade levels.

*The first meeting of this network will share linked tasks from UML’s 20162017 proportional reasoning progression project.