15 July, 2011
Volume 16 No. 28
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Interactive Institute on High School Mathematics

Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books

Achievement Gaps


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Interactive Institute on High School Mathematics


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has a new professional development opportunity to prepare high school teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

Taking place July 28-30 in Orlando, Florida, the NCTM institute "Infusing the Classroom with Reasoning and Sense Making" will consist of two and a half days of hands-on workshops, keynote sessions, discussion groups, and task groups, providing you with practical strategies for developing math proficient-students, as defined in the CCSSM.

Keynote speakers and workshop facilitators include

  • Gail Burrill, Michigan State University
  • Jonathan Choate, Groton School
  • W. Gary Martin, Auburn University
  • Dan Meyer, Stanford University
  • Henri Picciotto, The Urban School of San Francisco
  • Michael Serra, SFUSD (Ret.)/Key Curriculum Press
  • J. Michael Shaughnessy, NCTM President
  • William C. Thill, Harvard-Westlake

Learn more about the program by visiting


Hurry: registration ends today, July 15th.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Thanks so much for all of your feedback. It's quite helpful, especially as our darlings have the crazy habit of asking 'why' all the time."
- Noelle, posted to the ap-stat discussion group

Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books


Looking for some good summer reading? Check out Brandenburg's book list, organized into math and science sub-topics, and annotated with capsule reviews and reading level ratings.

Guy Brandenburg used to assign his 8th and 9th grade algebra and geometry students to read two of these books each year, and then write reports on them.

Familiar to students of the Math Forum's Ask Dr. Math service as "Doctor Guy," Brandenburg recently retired from over 30 years of teaching math in the public schools of Washington, DC.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I'm curious if anyone uses SketchPad in their calculus classes and if so, how."
- Cindy, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Achievement Gaps


The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences recently published a statistical analysis subtitled "How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress" (NAEP):


This report "provides detailed information on the size of the achievement gaps between Hispanic and White public school students at the national and state levels, and describes how those achievement gaps have changed over time."

The freely downloadable document follows a previous report that "provided similar information on the achievement gap between Black and White students":



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