13 March, 2015
Volume 20 No. 11
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Textbook Navigator/Journal


Global Math Challenge


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Textbook Navigator/Journal


Is your textbook aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?

A free web-based tool recently came online to help you make certain — and to reconcile any discrepancies.

Created by Michigan State University researcher William Schmidt (who first appeared in these pages ... 17 years ago!), the Textbook Navigator/Journal lets K-8 teachers find which parts of their existing math textbooks cover a standard, and which standards are addressed in specific textbook lessons.

Schmidt and his team developed the Textbook Navigator/Journal (Nav/J) by analyzing 34 commonly used math textbook series comprising 185 individual textbooks. None of them covered 100% of on-grade standards; most skipped at least a quarter of the math topics students are expected to learn. Some books spent as much as two-thirds of the school year on standards from the wrong grade.

To see how Nav/J can help you re-sequence your existing textbooks' lessons (or to determine which to skip all together, and even identify several free, online sources of curricula materials), watch the "how to" videos on

Then click the green "Agreement" icon toward the bottom of Nav/J, and register by identifying your role, grade, and a few other details.

For FAQs (such as how to use the mouse on a desktop computer to scroll through the lists that Nav/J has optimized for tablets running Chrome or Safari browsers), download this PDF:


Schmidt's textbook analysis project was supported by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the GE Foundation's commitment to college and career readiness.

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

"The third method that was used by a number of students was.... You can see examples of this from Sharon and Joseph. Sharon figured out two possible ending times ..."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution



Last week, the nonprofit EdReports.org released its first reviews of how well instructional materials align to the CCSS — and they started with K-8 mathematics.

Click "Reports" at the top of EdReports.org's new site for their free Consumer Reports-style reviews:


This PDF rounds up the alignment and usability of sixteen series from nine different publishers, and condenses them onto a single page:


EdReports.org is funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Samueli Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Ignite @CAMathCouncil @themathforum — watch the full, unedited video w/ @ddmeyer's intro & 2Truths&Lie commentary! http://t.co/k019EEvg6j"
- Suzanne, tweeted to her followers

Global Math Challenge


For the first time in its 20+ year history, a math contest originally developed by The Japan Prime Math Olympic Committee will reach the virtual shores of the United States.

The Global Math Challenge (GMC) opens Sunday, 22 March. Sample five of its olympiad-style puzzles, with explanations, by downloading this PDF:


It costs nothing to solve these brain teasers online two Sundays from now, or to receive your own scores. For a fee, GMC's "Standard Plan" further provides step-by-step illustrated explanations for all questions; personalized world ranking, which shows your relative standing in your age group, country, and region; and a breakdown of your strengths, weaknesses, and technique, as demonstrated during the challenge's 60 minutes.

The GMC team has generously extended readers of the Math Forum Internet News a discount of 20% off the Standard Plan. Just enter the code MathForum37643798 after registration.

Presented by Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., GMC is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The contest receives support from The Japan Prime Math Olympic Committee, The Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Beijing Gifted & Talented Education Technology Center.


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