4 November, 2011
Volume 16 No. 44
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In This Issue

The Math Forum at NCTM Regional in Atlantic City

ScienceMakers Video Archive

The 2011 Nation's Report Card: Mathematics Results


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Math Forum at NCTM Regional in Atlantic City


Did you miss us at the recent regional conference and exposition of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, held in Atlantic City?

See the teachers who won our prize drawings, download documents about all our programs — including Drexel University's Graduate Programs in Mathematics Learning & Teaching — and learn more about our conference sessions:

  • Using Screen-Capture Movies to Assess Quadrilateral Constructions in Sketchpad®
  • Developing an Online Lesson-Study Community

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

"I think that the strategy I used worked very well. If I had used a table, it would've taken a considerable amount of time longer. If I drew a diagram, then I would have to use the guess and check strategy. This also takes a lot longer than the strategy I used. By using the strategy I used, I saved a lot of time. Overall, I thought this was a mid-range problem and that I solved it the best way possible."
- Fiona, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

ScienceMakers Video Archive


ScienceMakers features thousands of stories from life oral history interviews of dozens of contemporary African Americans at the forefront of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Watch video clips — each with a transcription that highlights text as an interviewee talks — of prominent African Americans who studied mathematics en route to prominence in the sciences, such as

  • Wanda Austin, CEO of Aerospace Corporation
  • Lovenia Deconge-Watson, professor of mathematics at Southern University
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • string theorist Clifford Johnson
  • William Lupton, chairman of the computer science department at the United States Naval Academy
  • mathematical epidemiologist Ronald Mickens
  • president of the American Association of Physics Teachers James Stith
  • Chair of the National Science Board Warren Washington

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ScienceMakers is a program of The HistoryMakers®, the US' largest African American video oral history archive.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Covering chapter 10 in Bock, Velleman & De Veaux (3rd ed.) this week, we have been spending some time straightening data. I'm sure I've read over it again and again, but perhaps I am missing the big picture with this... Why are we straightening data? Does it come down to being able to understand the residual plots better when the scatterplot creating them is linear? A few follow up questions prompted by one of my students..."
- Josh, posted to the ap-statistics discussion

The 2011 Nation's Report Card: Mathematics Results


As reported in these pages last Friday, the 2011 Nation's Report Card came out Tuesday. Come browse the report online, link to the full data, and download a copy.

To dig deeper into the results, explore the relationships between student achievement and

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) also provides State Snapshot reports. Use the pull-down menu and grade buttons to generate a customized summary report for each state or jurisdiction that participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments.


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