27 July, 2012
Volume 17 No. 30
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Math Forum Open House

Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), Summer 2012

Publishers' Criteria for Common Core


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Open House


Planning to be in Philadelphia next week? Come help us celebrate 20 years of the Math Forum!

Stop by our offices on Thursday, 2 August from 2:30-4:30pm, have some cake, meet and chat with our staff, and play some great math games.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"It was an enormous honor and privilege to be welcomed to Twitter Math Camp. There were lots of things that made this one of the best PD experiences ever: ..."
- Max, posted to his blog

Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), Summer 2012


The 2012 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) just wrapped up in Park City, Utah, last week. More than sixty teachers from around the US and world participated in PCMI's Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP). For their three weeks of problem sets, activities, reflections, handouts, and many other resources, visit the Class Notes page:


Math for America has sent Teaching Fellows and Master Teachers to PCMI since 2009:


The Committee on Teachers as Professionals (c-TaP) met the first week of PCMI, revising and refining the CCSS toolkit. Check out their PowerPoint presentations:


The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Project is an induction program for recent doctoral graduates in mathematics education, held in conjunction with PCMI:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"All you need now is a geometric interpretation of log i. For an imaginary number the log is i times the phase, but I'm not sure that is really an interpretation."
- Richard, posted to the sci.math discussion

Publishers' Criteria for Common Core


The lead writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics have finalized a set of guidelines for curricular materials. The freely downloadable 24-page document aims to guide the work of educational publishers in developing textbooks and other instructional materials, as well as states and school districts as they evaluate and select materials or revise existing ones.

The second paragraph of the "Publishers' Criteria" document states:

"Standards by themselves cannot raise achievement. Standards don't stay up late at night working on lesson plans, or stay after school making sure every student learns — it's teachers who do that. And standards don't implement themselves. Education leaders from the state board to the building principal must make the Standards a reality in schools. Publishers too have a crucial role to play in providing the tools that teachers and students need to meet higher standards. This document, developed by the CCSSM writing team, aims to support faithful CCSSM implementation by providing criteria for materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."


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