Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PARCC - incorporating UDL principals

Worth a read is Katie Novak's recent blog entitled "Even the PARCC Does UDL" -

"Standardized assessments are finally catching up with UDL! The PARCC Draft Accommodations Manual was just released, and although it is “pre-decisional” (p.2), it includes “universally designed” (p.5) supports that will help all students demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the assessment."

The intended accommodations and technology scaffolds embedded in design of the test fulfill two of the guiding principals of UDL "multiple means of representation" and "multiple means of presentation".

You can download a copy of the Draft Accommodations Manual here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mathematical Practice Standards...connections to ELA and Science practices

As I have written previously, the cornerstone(s) of the new frameworks for mathematics are the math practice standards. Phil Daro, common core author has said “If the Standards for Mathematical Practice are not in place, well then, you are not really using the Common Core”.  

In the spirit of all teachers, not just math teachers, becoming aware of these practices I would recommend using the graphic and summary below to spark interdisciplinary conversations. It is based on work by Tina Chuek from ell.stanford.edu and was recently posted by National Science Teachers Association.





Monday, May 13, 2013

3 Rules to Spark Learning...

 last week included many exceptional talk about education  All eight can been seen here: http://www.ted.com/promos/TEDTalksEducation. I am sharing one that especially resonated with me for mathematics and science teaching. 

Ramsey Musallam's three (simple) rules stem from his notion that "student questions are the seeds of real learning".
  • #1 Curiosity comes first.
  • #2 Embrace the mess.
  • #3 Practice reflection.


Here is his presentation:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ESE Opportunity - Director for Mathematics, Science and Technology Engineering


Current Opening: Director for Mathematics, Science and Technology Engineering 

The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology/Engineering (MSTE) at the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE) is responsible for writing and updating curriculum frameworks in mathematics, science, and technology/engineering. MSTE manages related initiatives in curriculum and instruction, such as advanced placement programs, professional development, content institutes, mathematics and science partnerships, liaison networks, the financial literacy pilot program, and advisory councils.

The director for MSTE is responsible for supporting districts and educators across the state with programs and resources to help them improve student achievement in math, science, technology, and engineering education. The incumbent will manage and lead the development of these initiatives in accordance with state and federal requirements governing planning for and delivery of services, and will lead the planning, management and development of statewide policy for academic leadership, curriculum development, program and staff supervision, staff deployment, and fiscal management for MSTE programs.

The director will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the office that includes leading, supervising, coordinating and overseeing the work of staff, and the overall budget/spending planning and resource allocation for the unit.

Monday, May 6, 2013

NCTM Denver Meeting

If you were unable to attend the 2013 annual  meeting of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics here are two ways to capture the meeting contents

1. From the NCTM web site
2. From the MathRecap site