Friday, April 22, 2016

District Collaboration to Support Transition to the 2016 MA Science & Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards

Bring a team of educators to collaborate with other districts in your region on identifying strategies and resources for transitioning to the 2016 STE standards. Participants will learn about key features of the 2016 STE standards, implications for curriculum and instruction, transition considerations, and examples of efforts already undertaken by some districts. Participants will engage in peer discussions to identify needs and resources that will inform their own transition process. Districts can identify continued opportunities to collaborate over the next several years.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Museum of Science (MOS), Boston, are hosting the same full-day event (9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) in 2 locations:

·         June 14, 2016, Best Western, Marlborough

·         June 15, 2016, Museum of Science, Boston

Each district can bring a team of up to 5 educators, to include at least one person responsible for coordinating district science efforts. Space is limited; please register for only one event.

Registration will be available in early May.  

Please contact stedistrictcollaboration@doe.mass.edu for any questions.

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Videos: Why Kids Today Learn Math a Better Way

 

Are you looking for a way to explain Common Core mathematics to families and community partners?  Look no further.  'The 74' has just created a series of six videos  that clarify the reasoning behind common core math and help families and communities better support students outside of the mathematics classrooms. 

Part 1 highlights the importance of subatizing and number sense in the early grades.  Part 2 is centered around new ways of looking at subtraction while Part 3 focuses on the use of array models when multiplying.  Part 4 interviews Bill McCallum, one of the three inventors of common core math and Part 5 gives us a teacher's perspective.  The final video explains how and why the assessments have changed.  These six videos use examples and manipulatives to highlight the most important shifts in common core math.  They are easy to understand and meant to be shared freely!