25 April, 2014
Volume 19 No. 17
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In This Issue

Developing Powerful Problem Solvers

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching

Webinar on Common Core Mathematics


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Developing Powerful Problem Solvers


Come join us for our newest online course!

Developing Powerful Problem Solvers will kick off Thursday, 1 May, for teachers of grades 3-8. This moderated course will make use of our book, Powerful Problem Solving, and the growing collection of classroom videos, student handouts, and resources from its companion website:


Led by author Max Ray, we'll read a chapter of his book each week, watch selected video clips, and look at student work. Check the outline for how the 20 hours of expected seat-work break down, then register here:


All individuals who successfully complete this online course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 20 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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

"I know I am correct because I drew a picture and counted the number on each ring, added them, then subtracted one by one. By subtracting I know my adding is correct."
- Annie, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching


Got an exceptional math activity to share? The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) wants to know — and award its author a $25,000 cash prize.

North America's only museum devoted to math describes the winning activity of the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching as

  • innovative
  • engaging
  • hands-on
  • original
  • replicable
  • designed for students in grades four through eight
Download previous winning lesson plans, such as Scott Goldthorp's "Hands-On Data Analysis" and Patrick Honner's "Sphere Dressing," then apply before the deadline of Friday, 9 May:


New this year: a workshop, staffed by experienced judges, to improve your application. Register to attend online, via a live stream, or in person, at the museum — across 5th Avenue from Madison Square Park in New York City:


A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization first featured in these pages during the construction of its 19,000 square foot space three years ago, MoMath strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"To verify that there in fact would be no gaps even in 3D, between neighbouring pipes, I undertook 3D printing."
- Narasimham, posted to the geometry.puzzles discussion

Webinar on Common Core Mathematics


In a couple of Tuesdays, the Stanford Center for Professional Development will host a free webinar that takes recent research on the brain and math learning and translates it into strategies to help students engage with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mathematics and help teachers prepare for CCSS teaching.

Stanford University Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler, first featured in these pages almost a decade ago, hosts the hour-long "Common Core Mathematics: Key Teaching and Learning Strategies" on 6 May. To register, scroll to the bottom of the course page, select the gray tab for "Live Webinar" and then "XEDUC001 - 002" before clicking the button labeled "Enroll in this Section."


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