21 October, 2011
Volume 16 No. 42
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In This Issue

The Mathematics Common Core Coalition

Mathematical Girls Novel

Watch TIMSS Videos Offline


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Mathematics Common Core Coalition


Eight leading math education organizations have formed a coalition to provide expertise and advice on issues related to effective implementation and assessment of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

The Mathematics Common Core Coalition (CCC) will

  • provide a means to review, research, nurture, and communicate common messages throughout the implementation and assessment of the CCSSM;
  • provide expertise and advice from the communities of mathematics education content and assessment experts for the development of the content frameworks of the assessment consortia for the CCSSM; and
  • collect information about the implementation and assessment processes of the CCSSM that will inform future revisions of the CCSSM

Members of the coalition are

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM)
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

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

"I noticed how it is becoming automatic for the children to discuss and share and how quickly the children are coming up with solutions and number sentences."
- Beverly, sharing her thoughts on teaching suggestions in the Primary PoW Teacher Packet

Mathematical Girls Novel


A popular Japanese young adult novel about math is being translated into English.

Currently in its eighteenth printing in Japan, Mathematical Girls explores "the beauty of mathematics, the excitement of tackling hard problems, and happiness of discussing them with friends."

The translators at Bento Books describe this YA fiction as a combination of teen romance and introduction to higher mathematics — "like 'Glee' for math nerds."

While they put the finishing touches on complete English language versions for print and digital publication, Bento Books have posted the first two chapters for free download here:


On his web page, author Hiroshi Yuki outlines the math covered in the first four volumes, and links to versions in the original Japanese, as well as Chinese and Korean language translations:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I received this question and I have no clue how to go about answering it. There is a + sign with a circle around it, never been taught that before. I don't even know where to begin...."
- Dave, posted to the discretemath discussion

Watch TIMSS Videos Offline


By popular demand, and with funding from the Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation, timssvideo.com now offers downloading of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) videos for offline use, complete with subtitles and interactive transcripts.

Just look underneath the video window of any lesson for the button labeled "Download Offline Version."

The 28 full-length videos of eighth-grade mathematics lessons hail from Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States of America.

timssvideo.com is a project of UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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