15 April, 2011
Volume 16 No. 15
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In This Issue

Tools for the Common Core Standards

NASA Airborne Research Experiences

Visualizing Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Tools for the Common Core Standards


This blog about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) highlights new tools that support its implementation, as well as other developments related to the CCSS. Posts have included

  • Draft of progression on Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Another project for professional development on the Standards
  • Curriculum analysis tools for the mathematics Standards
  • Technical manual for the Common Core

In particular, check out the linked PDF of the CCSS. Typeset in TeX, this download features links at the bottom of each page for navigating to grade levels, and from the grade level overviews for navigating to domains:


Author Bill McCallum teaches math at the University of Arizona, where he also chairs the advisory board of the university's Institute for Mathematics and Education.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"Also, special thanks to Bessie for reading over my PoW and telling me I should add more detail to it so that I could more clearly explain what I did. I decided to re-write my POW, because from an audience's point of view, it would not be that easy to understand what was going on."
- Suniul, highlighted in the current Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

NASA Airborne Research Experiences


Are you a middle school educator interested in learning about how NASA advances science and technology through flight?

The space agency is recruiting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pre- and in-service educators of grades 6-9 to participate in a three-day experiential workshop this July.

The Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students (AREES) workshop will anchor participants in a community of scientific practice through interactions with NASA engineers and scientists, and visits to the Dryden Flight Research Center and Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility. Middle grades educators will engage in professional development activities in problem-based learning, use of technology in the classroom, and instructional strategies for inter-disciplinary instruction and team design.

While based north of Los Angeles, participants will also receive NASA content-based resources, and learn about an emergent teacher-student design challenge: "Plan a Flight Mission - Improving Earthquake Monitoring."

Select participants may get to conduct actual airborne research in 2012.

To apply by the April 29th deadline, visit the Aerospace, Education, Research, and Operations (AERO) Institute website, which also details the availability of continuing education credits (CEUs) and the financial support package.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I have the potential to earn a $7500 grant but have ONE DAY to figure out how I would spend it in my classroom, the school, or the district to enhance math learning. Any great ideas? How would you spend it?"
- M, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Visualizing Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami

For a dynamic timeline of the March 11th earthquake — and its aftershocks — enter the keywords "earthquake Japan" into Wolfram|Alpha. The computational knowledge engine also presents seismologic data in table format sortable by magnitude, time, and distance:


Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) have predicted the path of the resulting tsunami's debris in this time-lapse animation:


For more on IPRC's oceanographic research into the tsunami's effects, download the two-page article "Where Will the Debris from Japan's Tsunami Drift in the Ocean?"



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