Monday, March 30, 2015

Integrating Processes to Address Needs of ELLs

DESE is in the process of releasing a new tool that can be used in the classroom.  The SEI Smart Card is designed to:
  • focus professional development
  • allocate resources, such as materials and coaches
  • identify strengths and weaknesses of current SEI practice
  • plan for ELE improvement
The SEI smart card  is going to eventually become an app but right now exists as a one-page double sided document.  Below are the two sides of the document.

Additionally, MATSOL is offering a course specifically designed for mathematics coaches that focuses on the roles of the coach in supporting, expanding and sustaining effective mathematical practices in diverse math classrooms with ELLs. For more information on this course, head to:

Still have unanswered questions?  Feel free to email Zhaneta Liti, ELL Urban Coordinator in Eastern Massachusetts, at

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Girls STEM Summit

Girls STEM Summit Statewide is a one-day summit designed by Massachusetts non-profit, Jr.Tech, Inc. for girls in grades 8-12 to explore STEM career paths. This event, exclusively geared towards females, will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Regis College in Weston, 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.
As with the past six Girls STEM Summits, this program focuses on females in grades 8-12 who are interested in or curious about exploring careers in STEM fields. Included in the day-long event will be a keynote speech from a local female leader in a STEM field, career path workshops led by local, female STEM professionals, exploration of high school and college preparatory skills for STEM programs and degrees, and the opportunity for girls to connect with other young women who share their academic interests.
The key goals of the STEM Summit are to educate young women on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakout sessions, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in preparation for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM, and to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable.
Did I peak your interest?  Online registration and additional information is available through INC.

Still not convinced that this is incredibly important?  Check out some staggering statistics below from LLC.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Once in a Lifetime Pi Day!

Did you know that today is an especially exciting Pi Day?  Usually March 13th represents the first 3 digits of Pi, but this year offers an even more accurate estimate of the Greek letter.  On 3.14.15 we have (for the first time in our lifetime) the first 5 digits of Pi represented!  I bet Twitter will explode at 9:26 which adds another 3 digits to our favorite irrational number.

I’ve mentioned Jo Boaler’s work in the past, and want to point out some excellent Pi Day classroom activities on her YouCubed website.  Are you looking for additional Pi Day videos and paraphernalia?  This Pi Day website has it all.  There is still time to celebrate this important day.  Thank you to my colleague, Mary Lou Beasley, for posing for this week's blog post.

Happy Pi Day to all!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 is Live!

We've been waiting a long time for the Consumer Reports of common core aligned math materials to be released.  That time has finally come and we couldn't be more pleased!  This user-friendly free website offers a detailed analysis of most major 'common core aligned' math materials.  The reports reveal the percent of the text devoted to the major grade level clusters.  Rigor and language analysis are an additional perk.  Users can even compare multiple texts by grade level.  The reports are currently only available for K-8 mathematics materials, but has only begun their exploration of common core aligned materials.

If you are curious to hear the process that the 500 educators went through in creating the reports, please feel free to check out the following video.

Mathematicians, enjoy being informed consumers!