24 April, 2015
Volume 20 No. 17
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Prize Package Winners

Item Writers Algebra Readiness

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Prize Package Winners


Who won our drawings in Boston last week? Come see!

Powerful Problem Solving book, Math Forum tote bag, Full PoW Membership, and online professional development course

  • Drew Brody, California
  • Alva White, South Carolina

Powerful Problem Solving book, Math Forum tote bag, and Current PoW Membership

  • Linda Coulter, South Carolina
  • Andrea Goddard, Florida
  • Sallie Kaan, Pennsylvania
  • Genevieve Rawlings, Maryland
  • Mary Santilli, Connecticut

Thanks to everyone who visited our table at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and our booth at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)!

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

"After reading over the problem carefully many times, I finally came up with an equation. The reason I used 1 was because Lily had a full box and I did 4x was because Lily eats 4 times more than Mikey does. I did ½ because.... I realized I was not done because ..."
- Dillon, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Item Writers Algebra Readiness


Can you help seventh grade students identify their strengths and weaknesses as they get ready for algebra? Then register for The Algebra Readiness Challenge.

This large-scale, incentives-based event invites educators to create computer-based assessment items that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in response to real-world tasks. Freely take the authoring tool for a test drive:


All entries stay openly licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) so that U.S. states, territories, and school districts may freely reuse, revise, remix, redistribute and retain these educational resources. Successive reviews by peers and then experts provide participants feedback — and eligibility for cash rewards. Winning task sets will be available to all educators as open education resources and readily available on the PARCC Partnership Resource Center, set to debut later this year.

Learn about the scoring process, meet the judges, and find the registration deadline of Sunday, 17 May and other rules by clicking in the upper right corner of


Item Writers, the online platform hosting this digital tasks challenge, just launched a few months ago. Its first competition, The Algebra Readiness Challenge is sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, managed by the Common Pool, powered by CoreSpring, and supported by Parcc Inc. and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Thank you so much for this information. Your lessons have been wonderful!"
- masterson, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award


The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) recognizes outstanding elementary and secondary grade teachers with the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award.

For over a decade, this program has honored those "who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students' lives and the communities where they teach." It awards two teachers $5,000 cash prizes, plus travel and lodging expenses to TMA's Annual Convention, taking place this October in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award program, made possible through the John William Butler Foundation, is open to currently licensed, active teachers employed by accredited schools for at least five years. Scroll down to the bottom of TMA's awards page to download the entry form and apply by the Friday, 1 May deadline:



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